he town of Miramichi was formed in 1995 through an amalgamation of two towns, Newcastle and Chatham, but the area has a long history. Beginning in the 17th century with Acadians, the fortunes of the villages near the mouth of the Miramichi River were influenced by everything from French-British struggles for early dominion of Canada, to Irish, Scottish and Loyalist immigration, to the Napoleonic Wars, when Britain relied on the New Brunswick forests for ship’s masts.
The economy has seen everything from shipbuilding to mining, salmon fisheries to railway construction and pulp and paper production.
Attractions include farmers markets and craft shows. Ritchie Wharf Park features restaurants, gift shops and an art gallery and there is local entertainment on most evenings as well as Sunday afternoons during the summer months. Station Wharf Marina is within walking distance to Historic Chatham Shopping District and accommodations. There is an excellent BMX freestyle park, and mountain bike trails at French Fort Cove. While at Miramichi, be sure to visit the Metepenagiag Heritage Park, site of a 3000 year-old Mi’kmaq settlement.
Experience the ancient Mi’kmaq culture that has existed at its life source for over 3,000 years.