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Former town
Downtown Tracadie
Downtown Tracadie
Official seal of Tracadie–Sheila
Tracadie–Sheila is located in New Brunswick
Location within New Brunswick.
Coordinates: 47°30′45″N 64°54′36″W / 47.51239°N 64.91010°W / 47.51239; -64.91010
Country  Canada
Province  New Brunswick
County Gloucester
Parish Saumarez
Town of Tracadie 1966
Village of Sheila October 1, 1978
Town of Tracadie-Sheila January 1, 1992
RM of Tracadie July 1, 2014[1]
 • Type Town Council
 • Mayor Aldéoda Losier
 • Deputy Mayor Bobby Ferguson
 • Councillors
 • Executive Director Denis Poirier
 • Total 24.65 km2 (9.52 sq mi)
Elevation 0 - 22 m (−72 ft)
Population (2011)[3] 4,933
 • Density 200.1/km2 (518/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 10.1%
 • Dwellings 2,255
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Postal code(s) E1X
Area code(s)
NTS Map 021P10

Tracadie–Sheila (TRA-kə-dee-SHY-lə /ˈtrækədiˈʃlə/) is a former town in Gloucester County, New Brunswick, Canada.[4] It is now part of the Regional Municipality of Tracadie.[1]




Canada census – Tracadie–Sheila community profile
2011 2006
Population: 4,933 (+10.1% from 2006) 4,474 (-5.3% from 2001)
Land area: 24.65 km2 (9.52 sq mi) 24.64 km2 (9.51 sq mi)
Population density: 200.1/km2 (518/sq mi) 181.6/km2 (470/sq mi)
Median age: 45.4 (M: 45.1, F: 45.7) 43.2 (M: 43.2, F: 43.2)
Total private dwellings: 2,255 2,010
Median household income: $47,661 $39,887
References: 2011[3] 2006[5]
Historical Census Data - Tracadie–Sheila, New Brunswick[6]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 4,383 —    
1996 4,773 +8.9%
Year Pop. ±%
2001 4,724 −1.0%
2006 4,474 −5.3%
Year Pop. ±%
2011 4,933 +10.3%


Canada Census Mother Tongue - Tracadie–Sheila, New Brunswick[6]
Census Total
French & English
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
4,670 Increase 13.6% 95.70% 155 Increase 34.8% 3.18% 25 Increase n/a% 0.51% 30 Decrease 57.1% 0.61%
4,110 Decrease 6.2% 95.69% 115 Decrease 20.7% 2.68% 0 Decrease 100.0% 0.00% 70 Increase n/a% 1.63%
4,380 Increase 1.0% 95.74% 145 Decrease 45.3% 3.17% 50 Increase 400.0% 1.09% 0 Decrease 100.0% 0.00%
4,335 n/a 93.73% 265 n/a 5.73% 10 n/a 0.22% 15 n/a 0.32%

Tourism and culture[edit]

Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Saint-Joseph in Tracadie-Sheila

Located on the Acadian Peninsula, the area has a number of sandy beaches. Val-Comeau, the most popular, is protected as a Provincial Park. The beaches can usually be enjoyed from June until September, when the water is a moderate temperature.

Signage is in French, as most inhabitants of the Acadian Peninsula are predominantly French speaking. The community became known as the hometown of Wilfred Le Bouthillier, winner of the 2003 Quebec reality show Star Académie. The success of the young singer, known simply as Wilfred, resulted in a significant rise in tourism to the region.

The town is also home to pop singer Jean-François Breau. Well-known AIDS activist Dr. Réjean Thomas and opera singer Michèle Losier, (both now residing in Montreal), are from the neighbouring village of St-Isidore, part of the greater Tracadie area.


The region suffers from high unemployment because of its relative isolation from centers of greater population. It depends on federal government assistance to compensate for the weak economic performance of the last decades. Most well-paid jobs tend to be government-related, including teachers, nurses and doctors. Other employers are in the "Parc Industriel".

Tourism is an important seasonal employer, particularly in the summer months of June, July and August. Thousands of vacationers, mostly from neighbouring Québec, come for the beaches, ocean, and hospitality.


The closest public airport is Bathurst Airport (IATA code: ZBF), 75 kilometres west of the town. It is served by Air Canada Jazz with twice daily flights to Montreal.

The community was once served by CN Rail for freight rail transport, but the rail line was abandoned in the 1980s. Today the nearest rail service is at Miramichi or Bathurst with the New Brunswick East Coast Railway; Via Rail Canada provides 6-day/week passenger rail service at Bathurst and Miramichi using its train the Ocean, running to Montreal and Halifax.

The town is located on Highway 11 which links the town to Caraquet and Shippagan to the northeast and Miramichi to the southwest. The town is connected to Highway 8 to Bathurst via Highway 365 and Highway 160 through St-Isidore and Allardville.


  1. ^ a b "Establishing the Regional Municipality of Grand Tracadie-Sheila" (PDF) (PDF). New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government. February 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ Government of New Brunswick website: Tracadie-Sheila
  3. ^ a b c 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Tracadie–Sheila, New Brunswick Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "cp2011" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ New Brunswick Provincial Archives - Tracadie-Sheila
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  6. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census

Coordinates: 47°30′52″N 64°55′05″W / 47.51444°N 64.91806°W / 47.51444; -64.91806 (Tracadie-Sheila)