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Campbellton, New Brunswick


Campbellton, New Brunswick

"The City of Two Coasts"
J. C. Van Horne Bridge crossing between Campbellton and Pointe-à-la-Croix, Quebec
J. C. Van Horne Bridge crossing between Campbellton and Pointe-à-la-Croix, Quebec
Official seal of Campbellton
Campbellton is located in New Brunswick
Location within New Brunswick.
Country  Canada
Province  New Brunswick
County Restigouche
Parish Addington
Founded 1837
Town Status 1889
City Status 1958
Provincial Campbellton-Restigouche Centre
 • Type City Council
 • Mayor Bruce MacIntosh
 • Deputy Mayor Ian Comeau
 • Councillors
 • CAO Manon Cloutier
 • City 18.66 km2 (7.20 sq mi)
 • Urban 25.41 km2 (9.81 sq mi)
 • Metro 1,629.94 km2 (629.32 sq mi)
 • Quebec Part 435.14 km2 (168.01 sq mi)
Highest elevation 148 m (486 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • City 7,385
 • Density 395.7/km2 (1,025/sq mi)
 • Urban 11,902
 • Urban density 468.5/km2 (1,213/sq mi)
 • Metro 17,842
 • Metro density 629.32/km2 (1,629.94/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 0.01%
 • Dwellings 3,654
Time zone AST (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC−3)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s) 506
Median Income* $35,168 CDN
  • Median household income, 2005 (all households)

Campbellton is a Canadian city in Restigouche County, New Brunswick.[3]

Situated on the south bank of the Restigouche River opposite Pointe-à-la-Croix, Quebec, Campbellton was officially incorporated in 1889 and achieved city status in 1958.

Forestry and tourism are major industries in the regional economy, while a pulp mill in nearby Atholville is the largest single employer in the area. As part of the tourism "industry", wealthy sportfishermen seeking Atlantic Salmon flock to the scenic Restigouche Valley every summer. The region sees extensive annual snowfall. Alpine and Nordic ski facilities at Sugarloaf Provincial Park provide winter recreation opportunities for both visitors and local residents.

Campbellton is also a retail and service centre for Restigouche County.


  • History 1
    • Battle of the Restigouche 1.1
    • From settlement to town 1.2
    • The Great Fire 1.3
    • Growth of the City 1.4
    • Esplanade Restigouche 1.5
    • Fire Ship 1.6
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • Language 3.1
  • Arts and culture 4
    • Events 4.1
  • Sports 5
    • Campbellton Tigers dynasty 5.1
  • Education 6
  • Transportation 7
  • Health care 8
  • Climate 9
  • Media 10
  • Other services 11
  • Notable people 12
  • See also 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15


Sir Archibald Campbell, the Lieutenant-Governor after whom Campbellton was named.

The area around the site of the present city was settled by French people circa 1700 with a trading post based upon fishing and fur trading with the Mi'gmaq. More settlers arrived here when Ile St. Jean was lost to the French as the result of the capitulation of Louisbourg in 1758.[4]

Battle of the Restigouche

It was here that the Battle of the Restigouche, the final naval battle between the English and French for the possession of North America during the Seven Years' War, was waged in 1760. It marked a turning point for the settlement. Robert Ferguson and the development of Campbellton and Atholville owed their development to the enterprising immigrants from Scotland. In 1769, only nine years after the Battle of Restigouche, Scotsman Hugh Baillie and a partner set up a fur and salted salmon business on the site that would become Campbellton. The business was sold to London merchant John Shoolbred, who in 1773 established the first British settlement on the Restigouche. His agent, William Smith, brought over eight Scottish fishermen from Aberdeen, Scotland, to work for him. Two of these fishermen were John Duncan and Robert Adams, who brought their families with them as well. These two fishermen devoted themselves to the salmon fishing industry at Old Church Point, today Atholville. In 1794, a Scotsman from Perth named Alexander Ferguson settled in Martin's Point (Campbellton), where his brother Robert joined him two years later. From 1760 to 1833 the settlement went through a series of names such as; Pointe-des-Sauvages, Pointe-Rochelle and Martin's Point before Robert Ferguson provided it with its present name Campbellton, in honour of Lieutenant-Governor Sir Archibald Campbell.

Old Intercolonial Railway Station in Campbellton.

From settlement to town

Considered the founder of Restigouche County, Robert Ferguson established his control over the development of northern New Brunswick during the first half of the 19th century.[5] In 1803, Ferguson inherited his brother's business and quickly became the largest merchant and exporter of fish in Restigouche. Until the 1840s, he shipped between 1,200 and 1,400 barrels of salted salmon per year. He became the most important landowner in the region. He also operated a flour mill and a sawmill and exported hewn wood. He even constructed his own boats in the village that now bears the name of Atholville. In 1812, he built an impressive residence there that he named Athol House in memory of his native region of Scotland.

In 1875, the advent of the intercolonial railway, and permanent railway station in 1876, had a strong impact on Campbellton. Its population increased rapidly, reaching 1,800 in 1891,[6] and development of the settlement shifted westward. In 1889, Campbellton was incorporated as a town, and in the late 1880s, an Hôtel Dieu was founded by the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph, an order that established hospitals and schools in many towns in Canada.

The Great Fire

On 11 July 1910, a disastrous fire sparked by a sawmill on the waterfront destroyed a large portion of the town. The fire was spread throughout the town by flaming shingles. Prior to the fire its population was approaching 4,000 citizens and help came from near and far to provide food and supplies in order to come to their aid. Most of the people had to live in tents while plans to rebuild were being prepared. Campbellton was subsequently rebuilt. In the months and years following the fire, many of the new (now historic) buildings were constructed of brick as Water Street had been designated a "Fire District" where all new buildings had to be built with fireproof exterior walls.

Growth of the City

Following the fire the railway station was moved to Roseberry St. and helped to define Campbellton in its early years. The town was bidding to become the leading commercial center in the North Shore and had three banks, five churches, two schools, 6 hotels and a hospital by the 1920s. At this time Campbellton was seeing upwards of 16 trains a day at the Central Station. In 1928, a pulp mill was built in nearby Atholville which continued to propel the population growth already being experienced. Campbellton was experiencing strong growth as the population grew at a steady rate: 3,817 in 1911, 5,570 in 1921, 6,505 in 1931, 6,714 in 1941, 9,257 in 1949.[7] In 1951, Campbellton opened its new arena, the Memorial Gardens, with an exhibition game featuring the Montreal Canadiens.

In 1958, Campbellton was incorporated as a City and its population was approaching 13,000. At this time the construction of the J.C. Van Horne Interprovincial bridge commenced which was designed to facilitate travel between Quebec and Northern New Brunswick. The bridge was completed in 1961 and allowed the cross-river town of Pointe-à-la-Croix to fully integrate itself commercially with the City of Campbellton. The Salmon Festival was inaugurated in 1967 and has been a popular annual week-long event which is enjoyed by tourists and residents alike. Campbellton's city limits were expanded in 1979 when the Richardsville area became part of the City.

Esplanade Restigouche

In 2009, Mayor Bruce MacIntosh made significant progress towards restoring the tourism industry in the area and in improving the City's waterfront. He announced that the long-awaited "Esplanade Restigouche" development would finally move forward. This is a three phased project, that began in 2011, that will significantly upgrade the already picturesque waterfront and further cement Campbellton's place as a tourist destination.[8]

Fire Ship

The history of the City of Campbellton is not complete without the infamous Phantom Ship known as "[6] Stories of its appearance include seeing a burning sailing vessel, sometimes a vessel with all its sails set scudding along the water or sometimes a ball of fire or burning vessel on the water's surface or fading out of sight. This is not frequently seen. Some believe it is a ghost ship from the Battle of the Restigouche whereas others believe it is merely caused by heat waves, reflections or hallucinations.[9]


Campbellton is 20 km upstream (west) from the mouth of the Bay des Chaleurs Dalhousie and approximately 100 km northwest of Bathurst. The city is approximately 160 km northeast of St. Leonard in the Saint John River valley and approximately the same distance from Mont-Joli, Quebec in the Saint Lawrence River valley. Campbellton was settled by the Scottish including surrounding area like Balmoral, Glencoe, and Glenlevit.

Campbellton Skyline - Eastern portion of the downtown area from the City Center to the Memorial Civic Center. Sugarloaf Mountain peeks out to the west of the J.C. Van Horne Bridge (right side of photo).



Canadian Census - Mother Tongue - Campbellton, New Brunswick[15][16]
Census Total
French & English
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
3,640 5.9% 52.41% 2,970 4.6% 42.76% 195 56.0% 2.81% 135 3.8% 1.94%
3,870 55.56% 2,840 40.78% 125 1.79% 130 1.87%
Evolution of Mother Tongue (in %) Key
  English and French
Sources:[17] · [18]

Arts and culture

Riverside Park - Campbellton.
Salmon Sculpture in Downtown Campbellton, City Center building and Sugarloaf Mountain in the background.

The Restigouche Caledonian Society has been in Campbellton since 1898,the society was formed for the purpose of offering relief and assistance to distressed Scotsmen. The First President of the society was also The First Mayor of Campbellton John McAlister. To display the history of the city and the battle of the Restigouche, Riverside Park is home to two cannons used in the battle; one with three fleurs-de-lys on the barrel and the other with what appears to be stylized anchors. These are French naval guns from a five gun battery erected during the battle at Battery Point on the Quebec side of the river. When the Busteed family received a land grant at Battery Point, circa 1790, they found at least three cannons at the old battery site. One cannon was built into the fireplace of their home, called Bordeaux House, and two others were given to relatives across the river at Athol House in Atholville. For many years the two cannons outside Athol House where fired on ceremonial occasions. After Athol House burned, the guns lay on the riverbank until donated to the City of Campbellton in 1898. The park also features two monuments donated to the City displaying the names of local soldiers who died in battle during World War I and World War II.[19]

The Restigouche Gallery is local gallerie and functions as a centre in the cultural program of the region. It has been host to major exhibitions from the N.B. Museum on a travelling basis in hopes that the gallery will eventually join the Atlantic Provinces Art Circuit as a participatory member. The gallery displays a tricultural permanent exhibition highlighting the cultural strength of the region bringing to the forefront Campbellton's diverse roots through its heritage Mi'gmaqs, Scottish and the French & Acadians heritage.[20]


The City hosts multiple annual special events which include Sno-Fest in February, Promotion Plus in April, Salmon Festival which runs from late June to early July, the Bluegrass Campout which takes place in August, the Harvest Festival in the fall and the 1760 Celebrations. Other efforts to increase tourism include an 8.5 metre (27.88 ft) salmon statue made of stainless steel. Restigouche Sam, as the statue was christened, was donated to the city to honour Campbellton's historical connection with the "salmon-rich" Restigouche River. Several murals have also been created to beautify the city.


The Memorial Civic Centre is the most important sporting infrastructure in the city. The Memorial Civic Centre opened in downtown Campbellton on the bank of the Restigouche River in 1992, following a fire to the 1930s era Memorial Arena located on Arran Street. Its 3,500 seat multi-purpose arena with Olympic size ice surface is home to the Maritime Junior Hockey League's Junior A ice hockey team; the Campbellton Tigers. The complex is equipped to accommodate sporting events, entertainment, commercial functions and trade shows on a local, regional or national basis. Every spring the Memorial Civic Centre is used for the Promotion Plus trade show which showcases the regions commercial enterprises as well as displaying various talent shows. This centre is designed to host Olympic competitions and provides training facilities for Canada's national teams. The conference room is used for many corporate events including annual meetings for the Campbellton Regional Chamber of Commerce, political conventions and local business client parties.

Memorial Civic Centre facilities

  • a 3,500-seat multi-purpose arena, containing an Olympic size ice surface
  • another Olympic-size ice surface for practice
  • a removable indoor soccer turf
  • a 25-metre, 8-lane, semi-Olympic swimming pool
Memorial Civic Center
  • a wading pool
  • a 114-foot-long (35 m) water slide
  • 250-seat lounge overlooking the main arena and an outdoor rooftop patio
  • 400-seat conference room for conventions and receptions
  • several meeting rooms, 2 multi-purpose rooms, 8 changing rooms
  • weight training, aerobics and fitness centre
  • racquet ball and squash courts
  • pro shop, medical centre, 2 canteens
  • day care

Campbellton boasts a full 18-hole golf course, the Restigouche Golf Club which was founded in 1923 and overlooks the Restigouche River while providing golfers with the province's most spectacular view of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the province of Quebec.

Campbellton Tigers dynasty

From 1967–68 to 1989–90, the Hardy Cup was awarded to the Intermediate "A" and later Senior "AA" champion of Canada. The Tigers won more championships than any other team with three titles, in 1972, 1977 and 1988. In fact, only the Charlottetown Islanders won the cup more than once with two titles. The Tigers won the Col. J. Bourque Trophy as Eastern Canada Champions a record 4 times. The Eastern Canada champions faced the Western Canada champions for the Hardy Cup for the title of Champions of Canada. The 1972 and 1977 teams were inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Campbellton hockey dynasty of the 1970s.[21] Gerry Ouellette, former member of the Boston Bruins, coached all three championship teams and the fourth team in 1978 which lost in the finals. Ouellette was a player-coach for the first title in 1972.

1971–1972 The 1972 Campbellton Tigers defeated the Gord Gallant, Harry Gray, Owen Jelly, Wayne Keeley, Noonan Maher, Peter Maher, Gerry Ouellette, Jackie Parker, Jean Paul Picard, B. H. Robinson, Lou Roy, Clem Tremblay, David Vick, Donald Wood and John Wood.

1976–1977 The 1977 Campbellton Tigers defeated the

  • Campbellton website

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

External links

  1. ^ Government of New Brunswick website: Campbellton
  2. ^ a b 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Campbellton, New Brunswick
  3. ^ New Brunswick Provincial Archives - Campbellton
  4. ^ see para 47 of "The Deportation of the Acadians from Ile St.-Jean, 1758" by Earle Lockerby, Acadiensis Vol. XXVII, No. 2 Spring/Printemps 1998
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Esplanade Restigouche: Un projet pour developper les berges", 1 Jun 2009
  9. ^
  10. ^ [5], Censuses 1871-1931
  11. ^ [6], Census 1941-1951
  12. ^ [7], Census 1961
  13. ^ [8], Censuses 1981-2001
  14. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  15. ^ 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Campbellton, New Brunswick
  16. ^ 2011 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Campbellton, New Brunswick
  17. ^ Profils des communautés de 1996 - Campbellton - Population page 1
  18. ^ Profils des communautés de 2001 - Campbellton - Population Statistique Canada
  19. ^ New Brunswick Military Heritage Project:
  20. ^ Restigouche Gallery:
  21. ^ New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame:
  22. ^ Best Places to Live 2011:
  23. ^ "Kyle Edmund Scott dies in Renous prison", 22 Oct 2014
  24. ^ The Weather Network Statistics: Campbellton, New Brunswick. Retrieved 02 December 2011.
  25. ^ Court of Queen's Bench - Locations
  26. ^ Restigouche Regional Service Commission - CONTACTS
  27. ^ Members
  28. ^ SERVICES
  29. ^ Maps & By-Laws
  30. ^ Allen, Paquet & Arseneau LLP Home Page


See also

Notable people

There are numerous law firms, lawyers and attorneys in the city offering a fair amount of professional services to clients. The head office of the accounting firm Allen, Paquet & Arseneau LLP is in Campbellton. The firm provides professional services to a significant portion of businesses in the region.[30]

  • Local and Regional Planning, such as zoning By-Laws[29]
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Regional Policing Collaboration
  • Regional Emergency Measures Planning
  • Regional Sport, Recreational, and Cultural Infrastructure Planning and Cost-Sharing
  • Service arrangements
  • Collaboration on regional issues
  • Services to First Nations Communities

The Restigouche Regional Service Commission, which is located at 68A Water Street,[26] is governed by a board of 12 (largely ex-officio) directors,[27] and provides the following services to all municipalities and rural Communities within the County:[28]

Campbellton is home to a New Brunswick Provincial Court located in the City Centre downtown on Water St. All judges of this court have jurisdiction throughout the province and the Campbellton court possesses a satellite location in St-Quentin. Court of Queen's Bench sittings for the Judicial District of Campbellton are held in this court.[25]

The Campbellton Fire Station is located at 33 Roseberry Street. The Department is composed of a Fire Chief, 7 full time Firefighters, and 29 paid on call Firefighters.

The city has an RCMP station which serves as the regional headquarters of District 9 comprising Restigouche County and the Western part of Gloucester County. The city's main fire station is situated on Roseberry St.

Other services


Climate data for Campbellton
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 12.5
Average high °C (°F) −8.8
Average low °C (°F) −20.1
Record low °C (°F) −42.8
Average precipitation mm (inches) 73
Source: The Weather Network[24]


The city is serviced by 2 health care facilities, Campbellton Regional Hospital and the Restigouche Hospital Centre, which houses a psychiatric care facility.[23] Campbellton benefits from the 100 bed Campbellton Nursing Home Inc. and many special care homes and personal care centers.

The City has been ranked 7th out of 180 Canadian Cities in Money Sense's "Best Places to Live 2011" rankings with regards to access to Health Care.[22]

Health care

Campbellton is located within a 60 minute drive from the Bathurst Airport which has daily Air Canada flights.

The J. C. Van Horne Bridge connects Campbellton to the province of Quebec. Route 11 provides a major highway connection to other major centres in the northern part of the province such as Bathurst and Miramichi. This highway becomes Route 17 at the Tide Head exit and is the only highway which connects the North Shore to the northwestern part of the province.

There is also a summertime tour bus which makes its way downtown. Multiple taxi companies provide the City and outskirts with taxi service 24 hours a day.

Major bus services include Maritime Bus and Orléans Express, which locates its terminal at a conveinence store on Water Street. The Maritime Bus terminal is located at the Circle K gas station on Roseberry Street, near the Sobeys.

The Campbellton railway station is served by Via-Rail's train "The Ocean" which travels from Montreal-Halifax.


The New Brunswick Community College has a campus in Campbellton which provides instruction in various trades, including woodworking, office administration, social services and health sciences.

English schools are served by Anglophone North School District, while francophone schools are part of Francophone Nord-Est School District.

Campbellton is home to two high schools: one catering to the francophone community (Polyvalente Roland-Pépin) and the other to the English community (Sugarloaf Senior High School). The other grade schools are Lord Beaverbrook School and Campbellton Middle School for English students, while École Apollo-XI accommodates the young francophone students.

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