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Entrance to the town
Entrance to the town
Official seal of Shediac
Coat of arms of Shediac
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Lobster Capital of the World
Motto: "In Unum Ad Summum"  (Latin)
"Together Toward The Heights
Shediac is located in New Brunswick
Coordinates: 46°13′10″N 64°32′39″W / 46.2195°N 64.54403°W / 46.2195; -64.54403
Country Canada
Province New Brunswick
County Westmorland County
Parish Shédiac Parish
Founded 18th century
Incorporated 1903
 • Type Town Council
 • Mayor Jacques LeBlanc
 • Governing Body Shediac Town Council
 • Total 53.95 km2 (20.83 sq mi)
Elevation Sea Level to 33 m (0 to 108.3 ft)
Population (2016)
From Statistics Canada
 • Total 6,664
 • Density 123.5/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zone Atlantic (AST) (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Canadian Postal code E4P
Area code(s) 506
Telephone Exchange 312 351 530 531 532 533
NTS Map 021I02
Route 11
Route 15

Route 132
Route 133
Route 140

Shediac is a Canadian town in Westmorland County, New Brunswick. The town is known as the "Lobster Capital of the World" and hosts an annual festival every July which promotes its ties to lobster fishing. At the western entrance to the town is a 90-tonne sculpture called (perhaps inaccurately) The World's Largest Lobster.[1]


Shediac is situated primarily on Route 133 around Shediac Bay, a sub-basin of the Northumberland Strait.

Lobster sculpture

The town is located southwest and adjacent to the community of Pointe-du-Chêne which features Parlee Beach Provincial Park as well as the Pointe-du-Chêne wharf which was once the eastern terminus of the European and North American Railway as well as a stopover after 1939 for Pan-Am's trans-Atlantic "clipper" air service that featured large seaplanes. Imperial Airways flying boat service to Foynes, Ireland also used the facilities.


Hundreds of years ago, the Mi'kmaq encampment of "Es-ed-ei-ik" was one of the major camps in southeast New Brunswick. The Mi'kmaq word "Es-ed-ei-ik" which means "running far in" (in reference to the tide, which has a long range over the shallow, sandy beaches) eventually transformed into Gédaique.[2]

Acadians first arrived at Shediac in 1749 as a result of the Acadian Exodus from peninsular Nova Scotia. [3] During the French and Indian War, French officer Charles Deschamps de Boishebert made his headquarters at both Shediac and Cocagne, New Brunswick. In the autumn of 1755, Boishebert established himself on the south shore of Cocagne Bay, a place known as Boishebert's Camp. The following year, Boishebert moved to Miramichi, New Brunswick, specifically to Beaubears Island.[4] After the war, Acadians returned to the region in 1767.

Today many Francophone residents use the spelling Shédiac; however, the town's name upon its incorporation did not feature an accented "e", and correspondingly the official geographic name for the community is Shediac.

Shediac Bay Yacht Club[edit]

Shediac Bay Yacht Club is on the Register of 'Canada's Historic Places' for being the location of a local wharf for nearly a century. The previous Shediac Bay Yacht Club House was designed by Roméo Savoie. [5]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1901 1,075 —    
1911 1,442 +34.1%
1921 1,973 +36.8%
1931 1,883 −4.6%
1941 2,147 +14.0%
1951 2,010 −6.4%
1961 2,159 +7.4%
1981 4,289 +98.7%
1986 4,370 +1.9%
1991 4,343 −0.6%
1996 4,664 +7.4%
2001 4,892 +4.9%
2006 5,497 +12.4%
2011 6,053 +10.1%
2016 6,664 +10.1%

Notable people[edit]

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Bordering communities[edit]


  1. ^ " Town of Shediac, New Brunswick". Big Things: The Monuments of Canada. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Rand, Silas Tertius (1875-01-01). A First Reading Book in the Micmac Language: Comprising the Micmac Numerals, and the Names of the Different Kinds of Beasts, Birds, Fishes, Trees, &c. of the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Also, Some of the Indian Names of Places, and Many Familiar Words and Phrases, Translated Literally Into English. Nova Scotia Printing Company. 
  3. ^ Webster, p. 3
  4. ^ Webster, p. 5
  5. ^ Shediac Bay Marina 'Canada's Historic Places'

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Coordinates: 46°13′N 64°32′W / 46.217°N 64.533°W / 46.217; -64.533 (Shediac)