Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Site and Boishébert National Historic Site


Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Site of Canada: The only known undisturbed archeological site associated with national significance of the 19th-century wooden-shipbuilding industry in New Brunswick.

Beaubears Island and nearby Wilsons Point together form Boishébert National Historic Site of Canada. Under the leadership of Charles Deschamps de Boishébert, many Acadians found refuge at Wilsons Point from 1756 to 1760. Beaubears Island was also an integral and functional part of the early settlement that gives testimony to the Acadian experience. Prior to Acadian settlement in the region, the Mi'kmaq people camped on the island.

Meet Shawn McCarthy, from Beaubears Island

Shawn McCarthy is the program director at the historic site. Come for a visit and meet some of the characters that shaped the history of this fascinating island on the Miramichi river.
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Travel to Beaubears Island by Voyageur canoe just as the first settlers did. Once there, learn about the shipbuilding industry and Acadian history. Light snack included.

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Tours through Time – Beaubears Island Interpretive Centre

This boat trip into history takes you to a 19th-century shipbuilding site where ‘locals’ from the past tell the tales of our ancestry.