Battle of the Restigouche Historic Site
In 1760, the French and English are embroiled in a naval confrontation on the Restigouche River, the culminating battle of the Seven Years’ war in North America.
The two countries duelled here for ultimate supremacy on the continent, after the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, in September 1759, when the city of Quebec had fallen to British arms. The French supply fleet rushed to the rescue of New France in spring 1760.
The final battle took place in June and July, 1760, and the confrontation ended on July 8, sealing the fate of New France. On the site guests can revive the history of this naval battle. Visitors cans stroll through the exhibition rooms and explore the variety of artefacts recovered from the French frigate Le Machault, scuttled during the battle. They can see authentic vestiges of the ship and its superb scale model about 6-feet long. This vessel was part of the relief expedition dispatched from France to retake the city of Québec Tourist can also see a film recreating the highlights of the Battle of the Restigouche and chat with guide-interpreters.
A costumed theatrical re-enactment of the battle is indeed very attractive. The site of the Battle of the Restigouche is located at Pointe-a-la-Croix, near the Listuguj Mi’gmaq reserve, 550 kilometres from Quebec and only 7 kilometres from the New Brunswick border. A love bird-watching trail leans through the marshes along the Restigouche River.
Note that fossils dating back 370 million years at Miguacha National Park, a UNESCO World heritage site is located only 30 minutes away, and the Mount St-Joseph in Carleton-sur-Mer offering a panoramic view of Bay of Chaleur and the Restigouche River, is located about 40 minute-drive.
Address of the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site of Canada:
P.O. Box 359, Route 132 Pointe-à-la-Croix G0C 1L0
Phone: 418-788-5676, toll free: 1-888-773-8888
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