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New Brunswick Historic Sites

Boishébert and Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Sites
Delve into the stories of Mi’kmaw culture, adventurous Voyageurs, Acadian courage and ambitious shipbuilding. Journey to a fascinating archaeological site and interact with lively historic characters in a scenic island setting. Canoe a heritage waterway and connect with an authentic past. This is Boishébert National Historic Site—a blend of active adventure and deep-rooted multicultural experiences and a living museum amidst old-growth pines and the meandering Miramichi River.

Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site
Perched high on a rocky cliff overlooking Saint John, the British-built Carleton Martello Tower dates from the War of 1812 and played a pivotal role in conflicts leading up to World War II. Visitors marvel at the spectacular city and harbour views while exploring the tower’s restored powder magazine, barracks room, and award-winning interactive exhibits in the visitor centre. The tower was the heart of Saint John defences until 1944.

There will be no access to the 1812 tower or command post in 2017. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy and explore the Visitor Center, Exhibit Gallery, gift counter, and grounds.

Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland National Historic Site
Explore the historic fort where once the future of Acadie and North America hung in the balance. Located on the border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Fort Beauséjour — Fort Cumberland Historic Site stands at the crossroads of Canadian natural and cultural history. The fort depicts the 18th century conflicts between France and Britain, and the later struggle between two great empires — America and Britain — for North American supremacy.

Fort Gaspareaux National Historic Site
Fort Gaspareaux National Historic Site is an archaeological site located just outside Port Elgin, New Brunswick, 4.8 km from the village of Baie Verte. It is on a small point of land jutting into Baie Verte on the Northumberland Strait separating the mainland from Prince Edward Island.

The site consists of 1.23 hectares of flat coastal land on the south side of the estuary of the Gaspareaux River and is protected by a substantial sea wall. Its landscape contains archaeological traces of the French Fort Gaspareaux together with 9 graves of Provincial soldiers killed in 1756 while garrisoning the fort. The designation refers to the landscape and the remains of the French-English struggle it contains.

La Coupe Dry Dock National Historic Site
Site may represent 18th-century Acadian construction
Aulac, New Brunswick

Monument-Lefebvre National Historic Site
Immerse yourself in the tumultuous struggles and passionate cultural revival of the Acadian people, descendants of the 17th-century, mostly French, colonists who settled in what is now Canada’s Maritime provinces.

Standing as a proud symbol of contemporary Acadie, visitors to the Monument-Lefebvre will, through the sweeping exhibit “Reflections of a Journey – The Odyssey of the Acadian People,” journey into the past and vibrant future of the Acadian people, alive in music and history.

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site
In June of 1604, French nobleman-courtier Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons and his expedition established a settlement on St. Croix Island. In the milder months, they built houses, a storehouse, kitchen and chapel, and formed strong Aboriginal trade alliances.

In the territory they called “l’Acadie,”—the first attempt at year-round colonization by the French—they faced a bitter winter and set the foundation for an enduring French presence in North America.

St. Andrews Blockhouse National Historic Site
Step back to a time when southern friends became feared enemies, and clashes between the US and Great Britain penetrated borders during the War of 1812. Located on New Brunswick’s southern shore. St. Andrews Blockhouse was built by townspeople to protect them against American privateers and military.

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