|Provinces of Canada||New Brunswick|
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Mayor||Tilmon Mallet|
|• Total||9.94 km2 (3.84 sq mi)|
From Statistics Canada
|• Density||261.9/km2 (678/sq mi)|
|• Change 2006-11||5.5%|
|Time zone||AST (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||ADT (UTC-3)|
|Canadian Postal code||E8S|
|Telephone Exchange||218 336 337 340 601|
The peninsula is approximately 5 km (3 miles) long and at maximum 5 km (3 miles) wide, bordered on the north-west by Shippagan Bay, to the north by Shippagan harbour to the east by the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and to the west by St Simon's Bay.
Approximately 99% of the town's residents are Francophone.
The town was founded by the Duguay family, from Paspébiac, Quebec, in 1790. Acadian settlers later joined them. Its location was an ideal spot for exporting timber from further inland, as well as fishing. There are also numerous peat bogs in the area.
The name originates from the Mi'kmaq Sepagun-chiche, which roughly translates as "Ducks' transit route". This name described the immediate region rather than the specific location of the current settlement that inherited the name.
Different spellings have been applied over the years. None of the earliest known francophone explorers such as Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain and Nicolas Denys mentions the name Shippagan, which appears in writing for the first time only in 1656 when Ignatius of Paris, a Capucine missionary, wrote to his superiors recommending the establishment of four or five missionary posts, one of which he called "Cibaguensi", a Latinised form of Shippagan.
During the eighteenth century various orthographies were used for the nearby settlement on the site of what is now Bas-Caraquet, most commonly Chipagan, and this is the name subsequently applied and adapted for modern-day Shippagan. Early English language texts applied the francophone spelling, "Chipagan", but from the early nineteenth centuries various anglophone variants were preferred, such as Shipagan, Ship-a-gang, Shipegan, Shippegan, Shippigan and Shippagan. By the twenty-first century custom had settled on "Town of Shippagan" which on 9 September 2009 was officially reduced to "Shippagan".
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- William Francis Ganong (1905). Historical-geographical documents relating to New Brunswick (in English) 2. Saint-Jean: New Brunswick Historical Society.
- Donat Robichaud, Le Grand Chipagan - Histoire de Shippagan Beresford, 1976. pp. 19-20.
- Mark Barbour (September 2009). "Huit localités du Nouveau-Brunswick changent de nom". Ministère des Gouvernements locaux du Nouveau-Brunswick. Retrieved 28 septembre 2009. .