Celebrated for salmon rivers that reach into some of the province's richest forests, and the ebullient nature of its residents (Scottish, English, Irish, and a smattering of First Nations and French), this is a land of lumber kings, ghost stories, folklore, and festivals—celebrating the Irish in July, and folk songs and the Scottish in August. Sturdy wood homes dot the banks of Miramichi Bay. The city of Miramichi incorporates the former towns of Chatham and Newcastle and several small villages and is where the politician and British media mogul Lord Beaverbrook grew up and is buried.
Miramichi is 175 km (109 miles) northeast of Fredericton via Route 8 (also designated the scenic "Miramichi River Route"). From Moncton take Route 15 east then Route 11 north. A car is necessary to see all the attractions.