|Trail Type||Linear||Trail Markers||None but easy to follow|
|Distance||2.57 km||Scenery Rating||Historical|
|Estimated Time||2 hrs||Mainteance Rating||Well Maintained|
|Trail Surface Type||Forested||Cell Phone Reception||Strong|
|Elevation Change||18 m||GPS file||Unavailable at this time|
Trail work has been done to extend the trail system around the perimeter of the island. The following is an updated map:
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From Fredericton come into the Miramichi on Route 8 and cross the bridge over the Southwest Miramichi. Continue for 4.3 km to a roundabout and continue on route 8 to the right. After going over the hill you will cross another bridge on the main Miramichi. When crossing the bridge you should be able to see Beaubears Island on your right. Continue across the bridge and turn right at the lights. After the lights take the next right, then shortly after take a left and follow the river. After 1.4 km you will come to Nelson Rural School on your left. Directly across from the school on the river is the Beaubears Ilsand interpretive Centre.
From Bathurst come into the Miramichi on Route 8 and cross the Centennial bridge over the Miramichi river. Continue for just over 1 km and take exit 119. Turn right and continue on route 8. After 7.4 km you will come to a set of lights. Turn left at the lights. After the lights take the next right, then shortly after take a left and follow the river. After 1.4 km you will come to Nelson Rural School on your left. Directly across from the school on the river is the Beaubears Ilsand interpretive Centre.
From Rogersville come into the Miramichi on Route 126. After a sharp turn you will pass a mill site on the left then a long field. After the field turn left onto Sutton Road. At the bottom of the hill near the river turn left. After a short distance you will come to Nelson Rural School on your left. Directly across from the school on the river is the Beaubears Ilsand interpretive Centre.
A tour boat is available during the summer months. For a schedule and reservations go to Beaubears Island.
We advise you not to showshoe to the island unless you know how to check the ice for safety. Not only is the river salt water at this point, but it is also tidal making for unpredictable ice conditions.
There are two trails on Beaubears Island. A main trail cuts straight through the center of the island and was historically an old road. This trail is surrounded by large pines. While they aren't yet as large as what was used in the ship building industry, they are still quite impressive. At one end of the trail is the main historic site including the dock, signs, a playground and a grave. The far end of the trail ends at the shore. It is a short distance across to Wilson's Point, an equally important historic site.
About 2/3 the way down the island a small side trail accesses the north-west shore of the island. The end of this trail provides views of the old UPM-Kymmene pulpmill site to the left and of Strawberry Marsh to the right.
Beaubears Island is a National Historic Site and is steeped in history. The island is names after Charles Deschamps de Boishébert who led the Acadians to Beaubears Island to seek refuge after the deportation in 1755 by the British. The island then enjoyed several hundred years in the ship building industry and is now an extensive archaeological site. There are still several artefacts on the island. To bring the history to life make sure you sign up for one of the Tours Through Time where actors relive the history of the island while you explore the site. For more history of the island see Beaubears Island in the From The Sign section of the Strawberry Marsh page. For even more history of the island you can pick up a copy of Fair Winds and Rough Fortunes: A History of Beaubears Island by local historian and Tours Through Time actor Shawn McCarthy.
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Trail last visited February 18, 2012.
Page Last Updated April 13, 2013.