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Entrance to the town
Entrance to the town
Official seal of Shediac
Coat of arms of Shediac
Coat of arms
Lobster Capital of the World
"In Unum Ad Summum"  (Latin)
"Together Toward The Heights
Country Canada
Province New Brunswick
County Westmorland County
Parish Shédiac Parish
Founded 18th century
Incorporated 1903
 • Total 53.95 km2 (20.83 sq mi)
Sea Level to 33 m (0 to 108.3 ft)
From Statistics Canada
 • Total 6,664
 • Density 123.5/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-4 (Atlantic (AST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-3 (ADT)
Canadian Postal code
Area code(s) 506
Telephone Exchange 312 351 530 531 532 533
NTS Map 021I02
Route 11
Route 15

Route 132
Route 133
Route 140

Shediac is a Canadian town in Westmorland County, New Brunswick. The town is known as the "Lobster Capital of the World" and hosts an annual festival every July which promotes its ties to lobster fishing. At the western entrance to the town is a 90-tonne sculpture called (perhaps inaccurately) The World's Largest Lobster.


Shediac is situated primarily on Route 133 around Shediac Bay, a sub-basin of the Northumberland Strait.

World's Largest Lobster (statue)
Lobster sculpture

The town is located southwest and adjacent to the community of Pointe-du-Chêne which features Parlee Beach Provincial Park as well as the Pointe-du-Chêne wharf which was once the eastern terminus of the European and North American Railway as well as a stopover after 1939 for Pan-Am's trans-Atlantic "clipper" air service that featured large seaplanes. Imperial Airways flying boat service to Foynes, Ireland also used the facilities.


See also: History of New Brunswick and List of historic places in Westmorland County, New Brunswick

Hundreds of years ago, the Mi'kmaq encampment of "Es-ed-ei-ik" was one of the major camps in southeast New Brunswick. The Mi'kmaq word "Es-ed-ei-ik" which means "running far in" (in reference to the tide, which has a long range over the shallow, sandy beaches) eventually transformed into Gédaique.

Acadians first arrived at Shediac in 1749 as a result of the Acadian Exodus from peninsular Nova Scotia. During the French and Indian War, French officer Charles Deschamps de Boishebert made his headquarters at both Shediac and Cocagne, New Brunswick. In the autumn of 1755, Boishebert established himself on the south shore of Cocagne Bay, a place known as Boishebert's Camp. The following year, Boishebert moved to Miramichi, New Brunswick, specifically to Beaubears Island. After the war, Acadians returned to the region in 1767.

Today many Francophone residents use the spelling Shédiac; however, the town's name upon its incorporation did not feature an accented "e", and correspondingly the official geographic name for the community is Shediac.

Shediac Bay Yacht Club

Shediac Bay Yacht Club is on the Register of 'Canada's Historic Places' for being the location of a local wharf for nearly a century. The previous Shediac Bay Yacht Club House was designed by Roméo Savoie.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1901 1,075 —    
1911 1,442 +34.1%
1921 1,973 +36.8%
1931 1,883 −4.6%
1941 2,147 +14.0%
1951 2,010 −6.4%
1961 2,159 +7.4%
1981 4,289 +98.7%
1986 4,370 +1.9%
1991 4,343 −0.6%
1996 4,664 +7.4%
2001 4,892 +4.9%
2006 5,497 +12.4%
2011 6,053 +10.1%
2016 6,664 +10.1%
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