Belledune, New Brunswick

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Belledune
Village
Belledune is located in New Brunswick
Belledune

Belledune
Location within New Brunswick.
Coordinates: 47°54′N 65°49′W / 47.900°N 65.817°W / 47.900; -65.817
Country  Canada
Province  New Brunswick
County Gloucester
Parish Beresford
Founded 1799
Village 1968
Government
 • Mayor Ron Bourque
Area[1]
 • Total 189.33 km2 (73.10 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,548
 • Density 8.2/km2 (21/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 9.5%
 • Dwellings 851
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Postal code(s) E8G
Area code(s) 506
Highways
Route 11

Route 134

Belledune (2011 population: 1,548) is a Canadian village in Gloucester County, New Brunswick.

The little community of Belledune represents an amalgamation of Jacquet River, Armstrong Brook, and Belledune in 1994. The community dubbed itself a "Supervillage" after this amalgamation. Belledune's population meets the requirements for "Town" status under the Municipalities Act of the Province of New Brunswick, but it has not requested a change in municipal status.

History[edit]

The village was first settled by Francois Guittard around 1815. Guittard was originally from Paris, France and after fighting in Napoleon's army, he later defected to the British army. He and his wife Marie emigrated to Canada and after a brief settling in Riviere-Ouelle, Quebec, were granted land in New Brunswick. Guitard had also helped map the New Brunswick coastline with the British military. Settlers from the Miramichi Valley moved towards Belledune after the 1825 Great Miramichi Fire.

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - Belledune, New Brunswick[4]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 2,087 —    
1996 2,060 −1.3%
Year Pop. ±%
2001 1,923 −6.7%
2006 1,711 −11.0%
Year Pop. ±%
2011 1,548 −9.5%

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Belledune, New Brunswick[4]
Census Total
English
French
English & French
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
1,550
1,285 Decrease 13.2% 82.90% 235 Increase 14.6% 15.16% 25 Increase 25.0% 1.61% 5 Increase n/a% 0.32%
2006
1,705
1,480 Decrease 13.4% 86.80% 205 Decrease 6.8% 12.02% 20 Increase 100.0% 1.17% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00%
2001
1,940
1,710 Decrease 3.9% 88.14% 220 Decrease 15.4% 11.34% 10 Decrease 71.4% 0.52% 0 Steady 0.0% 0.00%
1996
2,075
1,780 n/a 85.78% 260 n/a 12.53% 35 n/a 1.69% 0 n/a 0.00%

Industry[edit]

Belledune underwent unprecedented development during the era of premier Louis Robichaud (1960's) when a major regional port was built to service various industries on the north shore of New Brunswick. The first major industrial projects at the port included a lead and zinc smelter and fertilizer plant, built in support of the lead and zinc mines opened south of Bathurst during the 1950s. NB Power opened the Belledune Generating Station, a coal-fired thermal generating station, at the port in 1993.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Belledune, New Brunswick
  2. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  4. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census

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Coordinates: 47°54′N 65°49′W / 47.900°N 65.817°W / 47.900; -65.817