Campbellton is beautifully situated on the south bank of the Restigouche River, almost at the point where it meets the sea. The City is an entry point to Atlantic Canada from the Province of Quebec and is also the gateway from New Brunswick and the United States to the Gaspé Peninsula. It is the largest service center in its home county of Restigouche.
The Different Communities
The earliest settlements to the area contained Scottish, English, French, Irish and Micmac cultural groups. These vibrant people remain to this day a unique mosaic of the Canadian identity in and around the City.
Visitors may experience this variety of culture at the Restigouche Gallery which features exhibits of fine art, history, science and technology themes from local, regional and international sources.
Campbellton is the undisputed capital of salmon country. Sport fishing enthusiasts literally travels from around the world to this part of New Brunswick in search of Atlantic Salmon. To honour the king of game fish, the City erected an 8.5 meter stainless steel sculpture on its waterfront and lovingly adopted him as "Restigouche Sam". In the summer months, Salmon Plaza provides a picturesque backdrop for many photo opportunities and serves as an ideal spot for activity during the annual Salmon Festival (usually held the last week in June).
In addition to serving as host for "Restigouche Sam", the waterfront is home to many other attractions; a Light House Youth Hostel, a colourful mini train, a Tourist Information Center, as well as the Campbellton Memorial Civic Center which is Atlantic Canada's complete recreational and convention center. The Center features two Olympic-size ice surfaces, a semi-Olympic size indoor pool, weight room, pro shop, Racquetball and Squash courts, and a convention facility for up to 400 people.
For the nature lover, we have Sugarloaf Provincial Park in Atholville, a spectacular 3,000 acre attraction carved out of gorgeous unspoiled forest that sits at the base of the 283 meter high Sugarloaf Mountain. The mountain is part of the Appalachian Range, the second largest range of mountains in North America, only after the Rockies. The park offers spectacular scenery, camping, hiking and an array of other activities during the summer and features snowmobiling, alpine and cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and skating on an outdoor pond during the winter months.
Residents of Campbellton are never bored; with every season comes a wealth of activities. Truly a natural paradise, there is nothing more enjoyable than canoeing down the Restigouche River on a beautiful summer day or hiking up Sugarloaf Mountain to take in the breathtaking fall foliage from an incredible vantage point. The freezing of the river provides the opportunity for the sport of ice fishing during the winter where hundreds of shanties decorate the ice. The incredible snowfall that Campbellton accumulates is anxiously awaited by avid snowmobilers who have 800 km of magnificantly groomed trails to enjoy well into the month of April or May.