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Richibucto is located in New Brunswick
Location within New Brunswick
Coordinates: 46°41′N 64°52′W / 46.68°N 64.87°W / 46.68; -64.87Coordinates: 46°41′N 64°52′W / 46.68°N 64.87°W / 46.68; -64.87
Country Canada
Province New Brunswick
County Kent County
Founded Early 1800s
 • Type Town Council
 • Mayor Roger Doiron
 • Total 11.83 km2 (4.57 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 1,266
 • Density 108.7/km2 (282/sq mi)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Canadian Postal code E4W
Area code(s) 506

Richibucto is a town in Kent County, New Brunswick, Canada.[1]


The town is situated on the Richibucto River where it discharges into the Northumberland Strait.


Richibucto had been the location of an annual Mi'kmaq summer coastal community prior to European settlement.[2] The town takes its name from "Elsipogtog" or "L'sipuktuk" Mi'kmaq terms meaning "river of fire".[3] It is believed the term was mispronounced, or misunderstood from the Mi'kmaq language. See Elsipogtog First Nation.

Present day[edit]

The downtown area, situated on the mouth of the river, has commercial fishing wharves, several restaurants, and local stores. The economy is dominated by lobster and deep sea fishing.


Population trend [4]

Census Population Change (%)
2016 1,266 Decrease1.6
2011 1,286 Decrease0.3%
2006 1,290 Decrease3.8%
2001 1,341 Decrease5.2%
1996 1,414 Decrease3.7%
1991 1,469 Decrease9.5%
1986 1,609 Decrease5.2%
1981 1,722 Decrease6.6%


Richibucto Head Lighthouse
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Richibucto Head Lighthouse in 2007
Richibucto is located in New Brunswick
New Brunswick
Location Richibucto
New Brunswick
Coordinates 46°40′11.25″N 64°42′41.84″W / 46.6697917°N 64.7116222°W / 46.6697917; -64.7116222
Year first constructed 1865 (first)
Year first lit 1901 (current)
Deactivated 1901 (first)
Foundation masonry base
Construction wooden tower
Tower shape square frustum tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, red lantern
Height 10.3 metres (34 ft)
Focal height 18 metres (59 ft)
Original lens fourth-order Fresnel lens
Light source main power
Range 14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi)[6]
Characteristic Fl W 5s.
Admiralty number H1376
CHS number CCG 1128
NGA number 7660
ARLHS number CAN-430
Managing agent Canadian Coast Guard[7][8]
St. Louis de Gonzague Roman Catholic Church is a notable Richibucto landmark
  • St. Louis de Gonzague Roman Catholic Church was completed in 1965. Designed by Belanger and Roy of Moncton, it was inspired by the designs of the Spanish architect, Félix Candela.[9]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Richibucto Town Website
  2. ^ "Micmac Locations". Micmac Tribe. Access Genealogy. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  3. ^ History of Richibucto Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  5. ^ Statistics Canada: 2011 census
  6. ^ List of Lights, Pub. 110: Greenland, The East Coasts of North and South America (Excluding Continental U.S.A. Except the East Coast of Florida) and the West Indies (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2015. 
  7. ^ "Northern New Brunswick". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Richibucto Head, NB". Lighthouse Friends. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  9. ^ John Leroux, Building New Brunswick: An Architectural History, Goose Lane, 2008, p. 216-219

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