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Paddling to the Past

Paddling to the Past

Today we headed back to Beaubears Island to take part in their Voyageur Canoe Experience. We arrived at around 10am and were greeted by our tour guides Nathan and Ben. Typically the Voyageur Canoe Experience takes place in a 26 foot, 12-14 passenger canoe, but since it was only the three of us we took one of the smaller canoes. It was a beautiful day for canoeing because the water was calm and we were able to paddle with ease. Our first stop was at Wilson’s Point and on the way we spotted one of the bald eagles. Nathan and Ben informed us that once coupled two bald eagles will mate for life. Once we arrived at Wilson’s Point Nathan and Ben explained to us that a majority of the earliest English settlers lived and were buried in this area. Our tour guides also showed us the foundation of the 1791 Saint James Presbyterian Church which was the first Protestant church to serve the Miramichi. We also got to see some of the remaining grave markers and the William Davidson’s trading post before heading back to the canoes. You can also take a look inside the church which is a replica of the original that once stood. It also offers hiking trails and you can take a stroll along the beach as well.

Our next stop was at Beaubears Island. Our tour guides taught us about Charles Deschamps de Boishébert and his Camp d’Espérance which brought thousands of fleeing Acadians with the help of the Mi’kmaq people to Beaubears Island, during the Great Upheaval of 1755. Sadly, many of them perished due to starvation and illness, but many survived and are responsible for established Acadian communities all around Miramichi. They also told us about Lieutenant Governor J. Leonard O’Brien who was the last private owner of Beaubears Island. He would watch from his parlour window (living room) in the Governor’s Mansion to watch for teens or anyone on his island and would send his employees over on the steam boat to have them removed. Sometimes they would run off before they could get to them, but the majority of the trespassers wanted to get caught just to get a steam boat ride back over. Beaubears Island also has a set of the red chairs which are placed by Parks Canada in the areas they believe are the most unique, treasured and have the best lookouts.
We paddled back to the interpretive center and thanked Nathan and Ben for the wonderful time. We would definitely recommend the Voyageur Canoe Experience because we learnt so many new things! We took a look inside the interpretive center where you can learn the history of the  different people that have been through the island in more details and many other interesting facts about the island as well as some cool interactive displays. The staff at Beaubears Island really know how to take you back in time and provide you with a unique experience.

Up, Down & All Around

Up, Down & All Around

Today we spent our day exploring the French Fort Cove. The Cove is a popular attraction considering it is a multi-seasonal park. It is known for its various hiking and biking trails that draw people from all over. You can also check out the Over the Cove Zipline which is another popular tourist attraction. TheContinue Reading

Exploring Our City

Exploring Our City

Today we had another great experience exploring the City of Miramichi. Our first stop was at Camp Sheldrake located in Bartibog, NB. Camp Sheldrake is a Catholic-based camp with programs based on Christian values that focus on the theme of Social Justice. When we arrived, we were introduced to the camp director, Hillary (all campContinue Reading

A Day In The Life | Tabusintac

A Day In The Life | Tabusintac

One thing we’ve learned while being summer students for Discover Miramichi, is that there are many areas that are perfect for weekend (or weekday) getaways. Today we ventured off to Tabusintac Chalets, which is located about 45 minutes away from the city. Once we arrived, we were kindly greeted by Rose, who is the manager.Continue Reading

Telling a Story Through Woodwork

Telling a Story Through Woodwork

If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway with your family or some simple downtime by the water, Storeytown Cottages located near Doaktown, NB is the place for you. It was the perfect day to be by the water, so we figured a trip to this adventure resort would be ideal! Once we arrived, weContinue Reading

A Weekend of Many Firsts

A Weekend of Many Firsts

This weekend I attended the Eel Ground Natoageneg Pow Wow. A Pow Wow is a gathering organized by Indigenous people to showcase the drumming, the dancing and the regalia of the First Nation People. I had never been to a Pow Wow before and I was eager to see what was in store, and hopefullyContinue Reading

Lining Up For Success

Lining Up For Success

How many times have you seen friends and family boasting about their fishing excursions and thought to yourself “how on earth are they catching these slimy buggers?” Whether you’ve never fished a day in your life, or you find yourself admiring local catches on social media, Wilson’s Sporting Camp provides amazing learning opportunities for peopleContinue Reading

Beaches, Bogs & Beautiful Scenery

Beaches, Bogs & Beautiful Scenery

Visiting Kouchibouguac National Park is on your bucket list? Congrats! You’ve made a great decision considering all the amazing attractions and activities this park has to offer. As summer students for Discover Miramichi, we had the opportunity to experience some of these attractions and activities on our day trip to Kouchibouguac. The park is approximatelyContinue Reading

Shaking Hands with the Past

Shaking Hands with the Past

Time travel is usually something only Hollywood can pull off in movies, so you can imagine that we don’t get much chance to partake in many time altering experiences.  Today we got just that chance to do so with a little help from our friends at Beaubears Island Interpretive Centre. We all boarded into theContinue Reading

Four Diverse Events, One City

Four Diverse Events, One City

Our city has many different people that live in the confines we call Miramichi, and with the mixture of people, we have a multitude of different cultures and interests.  This weekend, there are many of these activities and cultural events that you can get the chance to go and experience. Starting with Canada’s largest IrishContinue Reading