Middle Island Irish Historical Park
PROVINCIAL HERITAGE PLACE
Middle Island is located in the Miramichi River, approximately 2 km (1.2 mi.) east of downtown Chatham. It comes into view as one travels the winding road along the shore. The 6-ha (15-acre) island lies between Beaubear’s Island to the west and Sheldrake Island to the east. It is accessible by car via a causeway from Water Street, in Chatham.
The island was a quarantine station for immigrants to Canada in the mid-19th century, specifically for Irish immigrants fleeing the Irish Potato Famine. In 1847 it was declared a permanent quarantine station by the Federal Government and remained so until 1948. Many perished while on the island.
Immerse yourself in the history of Middle Island as you walk along the sandy beach and scenic trails, visit the memorial Celtic Cross, read the interpretive panels, learn more at the interpretive centre, enjoy music at the amphitheatre and pause at the restaurant or at one of the picnic areas.