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Shediac
Town
Entrance to the town
Entrance to the town
Official seal of Shediac
Seal
Coat of arms of Shediac
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): 
Lobster Capital of the World
Motto(s): 
"In Unum Ad Summum"  (Latin)
"Together Toward The Heights
Shediac is located in New Brunswick
Shediac
Shediac
Location in New Brunswick
Country Canada
Province New Brunswick
County Westmorland County
Parish Shédiac Parish
Founded 18th century
Incorporated 1903
Government
 • Type Town Council
Area
 • Total 64.0 km2 (24.7 sq mi)
Elevation
Sea level to 33 m (0 to 108.3 ft)
Population
 (2021)
 • Total 7,535
 • Density 117.7/km2 (305/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-4 (Atlantic (AST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-3 (ADT)
Canadian Postal code
E4P
Area code(s) 506
Telephone Exchange 312 351 530 531 532 533
NTS Map 21I2 Moncton
GNBC Code DACUC
Highways
Route 11
Route 15

Route 132
Route 133
Route 140
Website http://www.shediac.org


Shediac (Shédiac in French) is an Acadian town in Westmorland County, New Brunswick. The town is home to the famous Parlee Beach and is known as the "Lobster Capital of the World". It hosts an annual festival every July which promotes its ties to lobster fishing. At the western entrance to the town is a 90-ton sculpture called The World's Largest Lobster. It is believed that chiac, a well-known French accent, was named after Shediac.

Geography

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.

History

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.

Demographics

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Shediac had a population of 7,535 living in 3,293 of its 3,447 total private dwellings, a change of 13.1% from its 2016 population of 6,664. With a land area of 64 km2 (25 sq mi), it had a population density of 117.7/km2 (305/sq mi) in 2021.

Notable people

  • Georges-Antoine Belcourt (1803–1874), missionary
  • Edna May Williston Best (1880–1923), feminist
  • Emile Duprée (1936 – ), former professional wrestler and promoter
  • René Duprée (1983 – ), professional wrestler, former WWE wrestler, son of Émile Dupree
  • Muriel McQueen Fergusson (1899–1987), Canadian senator
  • Gord Gallant (1950 – ), professional hockey player
  • Placide Gaudet (1850–1930), journalist, historian
  • Daniel Lionel Hanington (1835–1909), former Premier of New Brunswick
  • Rosa Laricchiuta (1974 – ), professional singer
  • Joseph E. Leblanc (born 1916), politician
  • Samuel Lee (1756–1805), judge, politician
  • Anna Malenfant (1905–1988), singer, educator and composer
  • Edward R. McDonald (1872–1952), lawyer, politician, mayor, inventor of the Crossword Game, 1926
  • Olivier-Maximin Melanson (1854–1926), Acadian businessman and politician
  • A. P. Paterson (1870–1957), politician
  • Scott Pellerin (b. 1970), former professional hockey player
  • Pascal Poirier (1852–1933), writer, lawyer, senator
  • Jean George Robichaud (1883–1969), politician
  • Ferdinand-Joseph Robidoux (1875–1962), lawyer, politician
  • Wes Sheridan, Canadian politician
  • Albert James Smith (1822–1883), former Premier of New Brunswick
  • Ernest A. Smith (1864 – ?), Canadian politician
  • Elsie Wayne (1932–2016), politician
  • John Clarence Webster (1862–1950), physician, historian
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