Discover the People of the Tides at the Albert County Museum. The ebb and flow of the tides is felt here like no other place on the earth. The bounty of the sea brought prosperity to a people, all timed around the rise and fall of the tide. We present a colourful procession of intrepid explorers, industrious farmers, skilled shipbuilders, brave soldiers, mining moguls, lumber barons, apple kings, a few charlatans, a Prime Minister of Canada and a convicted axe murderer that all called Albert County home.
Pierre Thibodeau was the first European to settle in what is now Albert County. Undaunted by the rugged coastline, Thibodeau established a settlement called Chipoudie (today Shepody) and forever made his mark with the diking of the marsh.
With records of 301 registered sailing vessels built at the 25 shipbuilding wharves in Albert County, one can easily see the enormous impact of the lumbering and shipbuilding industries. Mining of gypsum, copper, manganese and albertite were also momentous.
Albert County has the distinction of having the highest percentage of population to enlist for service for the First World War in all of Canada. The two captured German cannons proudly displayed as war trophies in front of the museum stand as testaments to the fortitude of the people.
A Schooner that forged a notorious rum running career; a cunning magnate that sold gold mine shares – without a gold mine; a gaolbird that convinced the goalkeeper to help commit a crime; Albert County certainly had its fair share of shysters.
Did we mention a Prime Minister? Canada's 11th Prime Minister, Richard Bedford Bennett, lead this country through the darkest days of the Great Depression. We present to you a truly great Canadian.
With 22 themed galleries housed in 8 historic buildings, there is something here for everyone.