Historic Chatham Business District

From Jacques Cartier’s voyage of 1534 through early French rule and England’s victory in 1758, our history is shaped by sea and timber.  Nestled under the Province of New Brunswick’s longest bridge, the Historic Water Street Business District is home to the famous Cunard brothers who established a huge shipbuilding and lumbering enterprise. During our great shipbuilding era, over 450 ships were launched in Miramichi.

Bennett, Tweedie, Snowball, Loggie, Peabody, Johnson and Cunard are but a few of the many great men who shaped the character and amassed great fortunes in Miramichi.

On January 1, 2000 the Province of New Brunswick officially designated the Chatham Business District as New Brunswick’s first provincial historic district under subsection 2(3) of the Historic Sites Protection Act. The commemorative plaque reads “Historically, the Water Street area and the adjacent Miramichi riverfront bustled with shipping, shipbuilding, lumber industries and commerce. The enduring spatial quality and architectural character are reminiscent of the past.”

Our Mission
The mission of the DowntownS Miramichi – Historic Chatham Business District is to foster a prosperous economic climate for the members of the Business Improvement Area.

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Canada's Irish Festival on the Miramichi regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 festival. We are following the lead of government and public health officials in making this decision. We are confident you will understand given the global scale of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trust we will work towards putting on a first-class festival July 15th-18th, 2021.

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Historic Chatham Business District
1745 Water Street
Miramichi, NB E1N 1B2

(506) 778-0900