Neguac, New Brunswick

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Neguac
Village
Nickname(s): "The Savoie Capital"
Neguac is located in New Brunswick
Neguac
Neguac
Location of Neguac, New Brunswick
Coordinates: 47°15′19″N 65°04′15″W / 47.25529°N 65.07086°W / 47.25529; -65.07086
CountryCanada
ProvinceNew Brunswick
CountyNorthumberland County
Founded1756
Incorporated VillageAugust 23, 1967
Electoral Districts     
Federal

Miramichi
ProvincialMiramichi Bay-Neguac
Government
 • MayorGeorges Rhéal Savoie
 • MLALisa Harris (L)
 • MPPat Finnigan (L)
Area
 • Land26.69 km2 (10.31 sq mi)
Elevation0-40 m (−130 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total1,678
 • Density62.9/km2 (163/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (Atlantic (AST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Canadian Postal codeE9G
Area code(s)506
Telephone Exchange776
WebsiteNeguac.com

Neguac (2011 population: 1,678) is a Canadian village in Northumberland County, New Brunswick.

Geography[edit]

Situated on the north shore of Miramichi Bay at the southern end of the Acadian Peninsula, the village is located 44 kilometres northeast of Miramichi. Approximately 92 percent of its residents are francophone.

Incorporated in 1967, the village's population meets the requirements for "town" status under the Municipalities Act of the Province of New Brunswick, however the community has not changed its municipal status.

History[edit]

Neguac calls itself the "Savoie Capital of Canada", as most Acadians with that surname trace their ancestry to the Neguac area. The first settlers in the village, Jean Savoie and his family, arrived in the area in 1757, two years after the Expulsion of the Acadians. In 2007, the community celebrated its 250th anniversary and 40th anniversary of incorporation.

Economy[edit]

Beausoleil oysters, farm raised off the waters of Neguac, have become well known internationally.

The local economy is based on fishing and forestry, of which oyster farming and lobster fishing are the main industry. Seasonally, from August to mid-September blueberries are harvested, and from late October to early December Christmas wreaths are made and sold around Canada and the Continental United States, these industries play an important role in the local economy.

The community has two wharves situated in its municipal limits. It also has a large fish plant that processes lobster and herring.

Neguac is considered the Oyster Hub of Atlantic Canada. Its oysters are distributed throughout the world via the Maison Beausoleil Company.

In April 2003, a call centre was opened by Virtual-Agent Services (VAS). It employed nearly thirty call centre representatives. The call centre was closed August 26, 2011, when VAS was acquired by Thing5. The building now houses the Alnwick Resource Centre (Food Bank).

The community is a service centre of the Miramichi Bay area offering government services, a health clinic, restaurants, gas stations and other retail stores and services.

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Coordinates: 47°14′N 65°03′W / 47.233°N 65.050°W / 47.233; -65.050