New Brunswick is a vibrant province whose people honour their past but celebrate the present. Visitors can get a sense of the province’s past and an understanding of how it contributed to the development of the progressive New Brunswick of today. Since the Mi’kmaq were one of the first inhabitants of New Brunswick, Metepenagiag Heritage Park is a special place for people in this province.
Rooted in 3000 years of tradition, Metepenagiag Heritage Park, in Red Bank, lets visitors experience the traditions and rituals of Mi’kmaq life. An elder will introduce tourists to the traditional lifestyle, diet, and craftsmanship of the Mi’kmaq.
Learn about the construction of the wigwam and the making of bannock. Visitors can even make a ‘quick’ version of bannock (unleavened bread). They can participate in a sweet-grass ceremony and sprinkle sacred medicines over the fire as a symbol of honour for friends of the Mi’kmaq. Metepenagiag Heritage Park is built beside two national historic sites – the Oxbow and the Augustine Mound.
The Central Woodmen’s Museum in Boiestown shows the lifestyle of woodsmen in earlier times. The Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Site of Canada is the only known undisturbed archeological site that focuses on the national significance of the 19th-century wooden-shipbuilding industry in New Brunswick.
When visitors leave shore and travel to Beaubears Island, they land and find themselves in a recreation of a French colony in 1757. At that point in history, the Great Expulsion had forced the Acadians from their homes. The group had to seek refuge on this small island off Miramichi.
The King’s Landing Historical Settlement, an award-winning initiative in the St. John River Valley, depicts life in New Brunswick during the 1800s. Due to its impressive recreation and fabulous entertainment, this settlement is a tourist favourite. This site hosts re-enactments, special events, dinners, school programs, and heritage workshops.
The MacDonald Farm Historic Site, situated in Bartibog, is a unique development where visitors can experience farm life in the 1820s. Interpretive tours are available to guide you through the nineteenth century farm and farmhouse belonging to Alexander MacDonald.
Loyalist House, the Georgian-style residence built in 1817, survived the Great Fire of 1877. Known as the “house on the hill,” this National Historic Site honors New Brunswick’s British Loyalist heritage. The structure of Loyalist House remains untouched since its construction.
The house has its original fireplace, a 200 year-old organ, and an iron pressure cooker from 1795. Tourists enjoy seeing the period furniture and the elegant décor of this nineteenth century home. Loyalist House displays remarkable work of local craftsman from previous centuries. The impressive entrance sets the stage for the building’s spectacular interior design.
Whichever historic sites visitors like to explore in this Atlantic Province, they can always find comfortable and affordable New Brunswick cottages and hotels. Tourists can also choose from cozy inns, charming bed and breakfasts, luxurious hotel suites, and even secluded cabins. New Brunswick remembers its past and visitors always enjoy a memorable stay in this beautiful province.
Travel is a passion for Richard and he had the good fortune to visit over 30 countries – working and living around the globe. This broad experience, coupled with his business adventures as an entrepreneur, gives him a unique perspective on travel destinations. Richard writes about his favourite spots and hopes that you will follow him on his adventures.
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