New Richmond

New Richmond is situated in Gaspesie, near Little and Grand Cascapedia Rivers famous for their salmon fishing and canoeing.

The history of New Richmond begins in the late 1700ies, with the arrival of Acadians, British Loyalists from the US and other Americans.

In the 1820ies many Irish and high land Scots follow them, and New Richmond community becomes very Scottish. In fact, there was a ship-building yard there in the time when the ship-building industry played pivotal role in the Canadian economy, thus dozens of ships brought here new settlers who were confident to find good jobs in the area. First settlers did also some fishing.

They built lovely Anglo-Saxon homes. Today few descendants of the first settlers remain in New Richmond.

At the mouth of Little Cascapedia River, the Pointe Taylor municipal Park offers excellent biking trails, an in-line skating ring, picnic tables and canoe rentals. From the park amateur ornithologists can observe birds in the estuary.

The Smurfit-Stone International cardboard factory merits a visit. West of New Richmond the British Heritage Village (Centre de l'héritage britannique) is located.

In winter, there is a downhill skiing centre and snowmobile trails near New-Richmond. The main celebration in summer is the Rally automobile Bay of Chaleur at the beginning of July.

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