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Quispamsis Town Hall
|Nickname(s): Quispam', Q-Dot, Q-Pam|
|Motto: "Quispamsis Floreat" (Latin)
|Incorporated (town)||December 22, 1982|
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Mayor||Gary Clark|
|• Deputy Mayor||Libby O'Hara|
|• MLA||Blaine Higgs (PC)|
|• MP||Alaina Lockhart (L)|
|• Land||57.06 km2 (22.03 sq mi)|
|• Density||313.5/km2 (812/sq mi)|
|Time zone||AST (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||ADT (UTC-3)|
|Canadian postal code||E2E, E2G, E2S|
|Telephone Exchanges||847, 848, 849|
Quispamsis (//,[a] sometimes shortened to //; 2011 population: 17,886) is a Kings County suburb of Saint John, New Brunswick, located 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the northeast in the lower Kennebecasis River valley.
The original inhabitants of the area were the Maliseet First Nation, part of the Algonquin Federation. The name, "Quispamsis" was translated from the Maliseet language and means, "little lake in the woods", the lake being present-day Ritchie Lake. Acadians, British pre-Loyalists and Loyalists settled in the area around 1783, with many receiving land grants along the Kennebecasis and Hammond Rivers.
Quispamsis amalgamated in 1998 with the nearby communities of Gondola Point and Wells to form the present town, covering an area of 60 km² and bordering the town of Rothesay to the southwest with the Hammond River along its northeastern boundary. Quispamsis is the fastest growing town in the province of New Brunswick.
Quispamsis has a number of schools from grades K-12, these schools are:
|Quispamsis Elementary School||K-5|
|Lakefield Elementary School||K-5|
|Chris Saunders Memorial Elementary School||K-5|
|École des Pionniers||K-5|
|Valley Christian Academy||K-12|
|Quispamsis Middle School||6-8|
|Kennebecasis Valley High School||9-12|
There is a new K-5 Anglophone elementary school slated to be open fall 2015 and a new K-5 Francophone elementary school slated to be open fall 2014.
There are many ways to keep fit and busy in Quispamsis. There is a wide variety of recreational parks which offer beautiful scenery and unique amenities. Parks open at dawn and closed at dusk.
The public parks:
Arts and Culture Park (12 Landing Court) – includes walking trails, WiFi, picnic/chess tables, benches, stage and mezzanine. During the summer months there are outdoor movies and music free of charge and ice skating during the winter months.
Hammond River Park (28 Reynar Drive) – includes 40 acres of beautiful land, fire pit, barbecue, picnic tables, hiking trails and authentic log cabin which is available for rent.
Off Leash Park (222 Vincent Road) – fenced in area, trails and benches. This park is for all dog lovers. This is an area to let your dog run free and have fun!
Meenan’s Cove Park (199 Model Farm Road) – includes picnic tables, barbecues, beach, boat dock, playground, ball field, walking trails and beach volleyball courts. This park is wonderful for the entire family.
Ritchie Lake Park (Cedar Grove Drive) – includes picnic tables, beach and walking trails.
Quispamsis Recreation Centre - includes two soccer fields, a baseball field, tennis courts, and a playground as well as walking trails.
Gondola Point Beach - Gondola Point Beach is a supervised freshwater beach with changing rooms and picnic areas. It is situated on a sandbar overlooking the Kennebecasis River at the entrance to the Gondola Point Cable Ferry service in Quispamsis. In the summer of 2014 there was a section on the beach fenced off for a `dog beach`
- The Gondola Point Ferry, linking Quispamsis with the Kingston Peninsula, was originally installed by William Pitt and is the first underwater cable ferry in the world.
- Quispamsis qualifies for "city" status under the Municipalities Act of the Province of New Brunswick, but the town has made no move to change its municipal status.
- The COMEX bus service run by Saint John Transit runs through the Kennebecasis Valley and shuttles commuters from Quispamsis to Saint John every day, Mondays to Fridays. There are a few "park and ride" locations for commuters to leave their car for the day to take the bus into Saint John and along with other standing bus stops along the way.
- The name is traditionally pronounced with a weak stress on any syllable, on first and third syllables, or on all syllables; pronunciation with a strong stress on the second syllable is a recent development and mostly found in those who have never visited the town.
- "Community highlights for Quispamsis". Community Profiles, 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved October 16, 2010.