This Week in History
The People of the Salt and Fir
This story was initially published in 2007
On April 10, 1948, the establishment of Fundy National Park, New Brunswick’s first national park, was proclaimed in the Canada Gazette. The park was created in the hopes of revitalizing the region after many years of economic hardship following the serious decline of the forestry and fishing industries.
Several small settlements were established, including the thriving lumbering village of Point Wolfe. The first sawmill was constructed in 1828 and by the 1870s a shipyard had also been built. There were also boarding houses and a company general store.
When the park was established in 1948, steps were immediately taken to restore the park to its pre-settlement era. Forests and vegetation were replenished, and mills and buildings were removed, erasing the traces of many of the villages and communities. In the case of Point Wolfe, it is now a popular campground and day-use area for visitors to the park.
Today, the park offers breathtaking views of the Caledonia Highlands and the Bay of Fundy, as well as the rich colours of the Acadian forest. Though quite small, Fundy National Park plays an important role in preserving a rich part of Canada’s special ecological and cultural history.
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