Petitcodiac River – Beaumont

Petitcodiac River, at Beaumont, New Brunswick

We explored the shore along the Petitcodiac River this weekend – from the Church, la Chapelle Sainte Anne at Beaumont out to the metal frame remains of an old lighthouse.  There is no walking trail and consequently we walked on the road, le chemin Beaumont, which follows the shore.  We began our walk part way along the road, some distance past the Church and then after walking about a kilometer left the road (which cuts north/west away from the point) to reach the point overlooking Shepody Bay.  By walking this road rather than driving, we spotted lots of forest paths leading to the river.  We were able to make lots of short forays out to the shore where we discovered great views, a small deep, deep cove, now closed off from the river, and of course rocks and MUD.

Petitcodiac River looking southeastIf you follow route # 925 southeast you will travel out to Beaumont.  The pavement ends after the church and the road is certainly passable, but it is not great and there is very little traffic.  In the two hours we were out we met no vehicles and one boy on a bicycle with his dog.

While looking for some information on Beaumont came across this website prepared by the Centre d’études acadiennes at the Université de Moncton which has good introductory info on Acadian history and the impact of  the Deportation on contemporary acadiens/culture.

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