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Boishébert and Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Sites of Canada, J. Leonard O'Brien Memorial

New BrunswickPhoto of Boishébert Island and its forest taken from the banks of the Miramichi River.
Welcome to Boishébert National Historic Site of Canada and Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Site of Canada, J. Leonard O'Brien Memorial. Both sites are administered by Parks Canada in collaboration with the Friends of Beaubears Island . The island, located on the Miramichi River 45 minutes north of Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada and 45 minutes south of the City of Bathurst, retains an old growth Acadian Forest with 200-year-old White Pines.

Boishébert Island and nearby Wilson's Point together form Boishébert National Historic Site of Canada. Under the leadership of Charles Deschamps de Boishébert, many Acadians found refuge during the Deportation at Wilson's Point from 1756 to 1760. Boishébert Island was also an integral and functional part of the early settlement, which gives testimony to the Acadian experience. Prior to Acadian settlement in the region, the Mi'kmaq people camped on the island and were one with the spirit of the land.

Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Site of Canada, J. Leonard O'Brien Memorial, is the only known, undisturbed archaeological site associated with the national significance of the 19 th century wooden shipbuilding industry in New Brunswick.

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