Beresford, New Brunswick

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Beresford
Town
Official seal of Beresford
Seal
Motto: "Simul Crescere"
Beresford is located in New Brunswick
Beresford
Beresford
Location within New Brunswick.
Coordinates: 47°41′42″N 65°42′06″W / 47.695°N 65.701666°W / 47.695; -65.701666
Country  Canada
Province  New Brunswick
County Gloucester
Parish Beresford
Founded 1814
Village Status 1967
Town Status 1984
Electoral Districts   
Federal

Acadie—Bathurst
Provincial Nigadoo-Chaleur
Government[1]
 • Type Town council
 • Mayor Raoul Charest
Area[2]
 • Land 19.20 km2 (7.41 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Highest elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 4,351
 • Density 226.6/km2 (587/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 2.0%
 • Dwellings 2,067
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Postal code(s) E8K
Area code(s) 506
Highways
Route 11

Route 134
Website [1]

Beresford is a Canadian town in Gloucester County, New Brunswick.[3]

It is situated on the shore of Chaleur Bay immediately north of the city of Bathurst. 81% of the town's residents are francophone.

History[edit]

In March 1813, the municipal council of Northumberland decided to regroup the territories north of Miramichi into two districts: one being from Neguac to Pokemouche, the other from Caraquet and including the whole north-east region of New Brunswick.[4] In 1814, this re-organisation continued and the territory was subdivided into parishes. Some examples of those were Alnwick (Neguac and Tabusintac), Saumarez (from Tracadie to Caraquet), and Beresford (from Nepisiguit[disambiguation needed] to Restigouche).

Names were then given to these new civil parishes honouring naval and military men (Nelson, Wellington, and Carleton, for Thomas Carleton). Beresford was named for the British general William Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, who commanded the Portuguese troops that were part of Wellington's army in the Peninsular War from 1808 to 1814.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - Beresford, New Brunswick[8]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 3,836 —    
1996 4,641 +21.0%
Year Pop. ±%
2001 4,414 −4.9%
2001A 4,439 +0.6%
Year Pop. ±%
2006 4,264 −3.9%
2011 4,351 +2.0%
(A) adjustment due to boundary change

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Beresford, New Brunswick[8]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
4,325
3,585 Decrease 0.3% 82.89% 680 Increase 20.4% 15.72% 45 Increase 50.0% 1.04% 15 Decrease 70.0% 0.35%
2006
4,240
3,595 Increase 0.6% 84.79% 565 Decrease 29.4% 13.32% 30 Increase 100.0% 0.71% 50 Increase 233.3% 1.18%
2001
4,405
3,575 Decrease 6.4% 81.16% 800 Increase 2.6% 18.16% 15 Decrease 78.6% 0.34% 15 Decrease 66.7% 0.34%
1996
4,715
3,820 n/a 81.02% 780 n/a 16.54% 70 n/a 1.48% 45 n/a 0.95%

Attractions[edit]

One of Beresford's main attractions is its beach. Renovated in the late 1990s, the beach features an observation tower overlooking the marshes, a boardwalk and change room, restroom and shower facilities. A popular tourist attraction, it is not rare to find local musicians featuring their talents at the beach on warm summer nights.

Every year a carnival called "Carnaval du Siffleux" is held in Beresford. Sculptures made of snow collected by ploughing parking lots are presented all around town. This is one of the many activities available to Beresford residents during this carnival. However, in recent years, fewer sculptures have been seen around the time of the festival.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Government of New Brunswick website: Beresford
  2. ^ a b c 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Beresford, New Brunswick
  3. ^ New Brunswick Provincial Archives - Beresford
  4. ^ Robichaud, Donat (1984) Beresford, Le Petit Nipisiquit Beresford, NB: published by the author
  5. ^ Rayburn, Alan (1975) Geographical names of New Brunswick, p. 52, Ottawa: Survey and Mapping Branch, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources.
  6. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  7. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  8. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census



Coordinates: 47°41′42″N 65°42′06″W / 47.69500°N 65.70167°W / 47.69500; -65.70167 (Beresford)