Do & See
Escuminac Beach and Family Park is located in the center of top attractions in the Miramichi area!
Come and spend some time on the water. Savour the taste of fresh lobster (in season) cooked on the open water when you join some of our local fishermen for a day.
Go deep sea fishing, have a barbecue or tour some of the islands. There are many fun-filled options to choose from.
Escuminac and Surrounding Communities
Escuminac is a picturesque fishing village, located only 50 km east of the city of Miramichi, on route 117.
Escuminac, is the first recorded landing site of the explorer Jacques Cartier who landed here on July 2, 1534.
The village name is taken from the Mi’kmaq word Eskumunaak meaning watching place or lookout place.
Lighthouse Walking Trail
The Escuminac Point lighthouse offers the best view of Miramichi Bay. It can be reached by bike or walk. It is a great day trip!
The official New Brunswick walking trail is 14 km long. It starts at the Escuminac Beach and Family Park and runs east along the shore of the south bank of Miramichi Bay out to the Escuminac Point lighthouse returning on an old unpaved roadway back to the park.
The walk features the Escuminac Point Lighthouse, the peat cliffs, a variety of sea birds, trunks of trees thousands of years old, a number of osprey nests and, from time to time, a variety of wildlife.
The lighthouse is also accessible by dirt road.
Peat Cliffs and bog
Escuminac Point is home to coastal peat cliffs, that are 1 to 6 metres high, and extend up to 8 km around this small peninsula formed of Pennsylvannian and Triassic sandstone.
Carbon dating indicates that the peat cliffs began to form in circa 1,000 B.C. While they are a common sight in New Brunswick and are exceptionally well displayed at Escuminac Point, peat cliffs are a rare sight anywhere else in the world.
Visit the monument of the Escuminac Disaster built in memory of the 35 fishermen who lost their lives at sea during a freak storm while out drifting for Salmon.
The monument has been declared a provincial historic site.
As a survivor of the Escuminac Disaster, Joseph tells his story.
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