Bathurst is 802 km by air from Parliament Hill.
This riding comprises the northeastern tip of New Brunswick and is in the Atlantic Maritime ecozone.
Acadie—Bathurst borders both Chaleur Bay and the Gulf of the St. Lawrence, which leads to the Atlantic Ocean. With its waterfront location, the climate is humid with warm summers and cool winters. The average summer temperature is 18 C, and in the winter 0 C.
Over 82% of people speak French, making it the highest population of French speakers outside of Quebec.
The median age in Acadie—Bathurst is 51.2, the highest in New Brunswick.
About 1% of the riding’s population are immigrants.
Approximately 4% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $35,641.
Given the riding’s maritime location, there are, naturally, many beaches and recreational areas along its vast waterfront, such as Youghall Beach, Val-Comeau Beach, Beresford Beach and the Bathurst Marina and Promenade.
The K.C. Irving Regional Centre has been home to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan since moving from Laval, Que. in 1998.
NHL alumni of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan have included Roberto Luongo, Patrice Bergeron, and François Beauchemin.
In the far northeast corner of the riding, Miscou Island was one of the first regions explored by Jacques Cartier during his 1534 expedition. A Soviet test pilot attempting to fly non-stop from New York to Moscow in 1939 made an emergency crash landing on the island.
The province’s largest deposits of lead, zinc, and copper can be found around in Acadie—Bathurst. However, with more mine closures, the mining industry has been declining in recent years.
Bathurst is a major shopping and entertainment district. This makes the tourism, retail and service industries large economic drivers. The celebration of Acadian culture plays a lead role in tourism.
The protection of its coastal zones and floodplains is an important environmental issue to Acadie—Bathurst.
Climate change can have negative effects on the coastal areas of Acadie—Bathurst through increased rainfall and rising water levels. This leads to flooding, which not only destroys local wildlife but also infrastructure.
Acadian descendants of original French settlers have called this area home since the 1600s. They celebrate their national holiday every August 15 (Feast of the Assumption). The Federation des Associations de Familles Acadiennes, a New Brunswick-based group, also helped establish Dec. 13 as a day of remembrance for the Acadians deported by the British between 1755 and 1763.
Indigenous communities in this riding include:
North Shore Micmac District Council