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Miramichiers love to talk. Storytelling is second nature to us; ingrained in our culture, roots, and general way of life. From legendary moments to local lore, folks here rarely pass up an opportunity to spin a good yarn. Come delve into our past, present, and our people. Let us share our stories with you.
The Miramichi Heritage Zone invites you to Follow Our Characters Through Time as you visit many of our river's most historic sites and meet the true Spirits of the River.
On your journey you'll visit:
French Fort Cove
Atlantic Salmon Museum
Central NB Woodmen's Museum
Join us as we share our stories of the people and places that have shaped our river for generations...
The Headless Nun - French Fort Cove
Explore the depths of French Fort Cove on a ghastly guided adventure in search of the Headless Nun. Find out what really goes bump in the night in Miramichi and discover what we know... if you dare...
Marie Jacqueline Bellefontaine - Beaubears Island
Following the Great Upheaval of 1755, many Acadian refugee families sought shelter at Camp d'Espérance. Travel by boat to Wilson's Point and meet Marie Jacqueline Bellefontaine by the campfire for a retelling of her harrowing story of survival.
Captain John Mount Thain - Middle Island
Meet the man who risked everything to save his passengers and crew. The captain of the ill-fated Looshtauk (1847), John Mount Thain is forever engraved in the history of Miramichi. To learn more about this great man, his struggles, and his triumphs, visit the Middle Island Interpretive Centre (June-September).
Lord Beaverbrook - Beaverbrook House
William Maxwell Aitken, or Lord Beaverbrook as he is more familiarly referred to, was perhaps one of the most influential business and political leaders of his time. He achieved grand success on municipal, provincial, federal and international levels, leaving his mark - and his name - throughout. To learn more about Lord Beaverbrook, you can visit his childhood home, the Beaverbrook House.
Emily Allain - Central NB Woodmen's Museum
During her tenure as Boiestown's telephone operator, Emily Allain was privy to the all latest community news and information. Join her as she shares her stories and those of others. Contact the Central NB Woodmen's Museum for more information about when and where you can meet the Spirit of Emily Allain.
Charlotte Taylor - Tabusintac Museum
Known as the "Mother of Tabusintac", Charlotte Taylor is noted as being the first female British settler in our region, circa 1775. In her time, Charlotte outlived several husbands, and raised her family in the remote wilderness of what is now Tabusintac. To learn more about her triumphs and endeavors, please visit the Tabusintac Museum.
Other locations situated within the Miramichi Heritage Zone include the Atlantic Salmon Museum, the Doak House, and MacDonald Farm. These sites will showcase their own Spirit of the River at a later date.
Atlantic Salmon Museum
The museum houses a very extensive collection of artifacts and interpretive displays that tell the story of the sport of fly fishing and the life and history of the Atlantic salmon. Programs such as Adopt-a-Salmon and fishing camps for youth, make learning fun for participants. Contact the Atlantic Salmon Museum for more information.
Visit the homestead of Squire Robert Doak that survived the Great Miramichi Fire of 1825. At this Provincial Historic Site you will be treated to an interpretive tour by costumed guides during the summer months where you will gain a unique glimpse at the early pioneer days of Upper-Miramichi. Contact the Doak House for more information.
Alexander MacDonald settled in the area from his native Scotland in the 1820's. Now is home and farmland are recognized as a Provincial Historic Site. Costumed guides provide interpretive tours of the property during the summer months.
**Please note: MacDonald Farm in temporarily closed until further notice.
Be sure to check out our other great places and stories during your next visit to Miramichi, we've always got a tale to tell...
Miramichi Kitchen Party
Experience the feeling of a true Miramichi tradition. Enjoy your very own interactive evening of entertainment in a down home kitchen atmosphere. You'll be served refreshments & desserts and be treated to some of Miramichi's finest entertainers.
A Taste of Metepenagiag
Your personal, guided tour of the 3,000-year-old Aboriginal community and Heritage Park includes a stop at the Interpretation Centre, a theatre presentation, a trail walk, a campfire-roasted meal, and the stories of Metepenagiag. Contact Metepenagiag Heritage Park for more information on this and many other cultural experiences.
Miramichi Campfire of Culture
Hear the stories of the local Aboriginals, European settlers, and, of course, Miramichiers, as you sit by a roaring campfire under the stars. Share your own stories when the talking stick is passed your way. Contact Morada Holiday Resort Canada for more information on this cultural experience and their many other on-site amenities.