Abegweit Passage

Coordinates: 46°11′N 63°43′W / 46.183°N 63.717°W / 46.183; -63.717
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Abegweit Passage is the narrowest part of the Northumberland Strait, comprising the 13-kilometre (8.1 mi) wide portion between Cape Traverse, Prince Edward Island, and Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick. Tidal currents in this area can reach up to 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph).[1] This portion of the strait is now spanned by the Confederation Bridge.

The word Abegweit is derived from the Mi'kmaq word Abahquit, meaning "lying parallel with the land", or Epegweit, "lying in the water". It is often loosely translated as meaning "cradled on the waves."[2][3]


  1. ^ "Where in the World is the Northumberland Strait?". Northumberland Strait Yachting Association. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "Place names: Abegweit Passage". Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Hamilton, William Baillie (1997). Place Names of Atlantic Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 33. ISBN 0-8020-7570-3.

46°11′N 63°43′W / 46.183°N 63.717°W / 46.183; -63.717