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Connors was founded by Robert “Bob’’ Connors whose nickname was “King of the St. John River”. Robert was a well paid business man in the forest industry of the 19th century.

Robert Connors built a small Presbyterian Church in 1892. On October 24, 2001, the church was declared a protected historical site.

Mainly agricultural, Saint-François-de-Madawaska is an active village. Second oldest community of the Madawaska county, Saint-François-de-Madawaska was founded in 1859, even though the first French families arrived in 1825.

Several families from Saint-François-de-Madawaska excelled in the world of business. Even today, Saint-François-de-Madawaska is an important creator of jobs.

Did you know?

Did you know that Robert (Bob) Connors owned a hotel which was said to be one of the most
luxurious in New Brunswick?

Did you know that Glasier Lake was named after New Brunswick lumber baron John Glasier?

Did you know that the first Circle of the New Brunswick Woman’s Institute (NBWI) was instated in 1918, in Saint-François-de-Madawaska and that it is still very active in the community?

Did you know that the first “Cercle d’études” was founded in 1935 in Saint-Francois-de-Madawaska? It was here that was also constructed the first Caisse Populaire (Credit Union) of the diocese (second in the province) in 1937.

Did you know that the province’s first regional school was built in Saint-Francois-de-Madawaska in 1944-45? It is now an old age club.

Did you know that the first church was built in 1849-50 and that it was ravaged by flames in 1886?

Did you know that Saint-Francois-de-Madawaska has a blacksmith’s shop that operated for 62 years? It is open to the public during the summer months.

To See

  • Connors Historical Church
  • Glazier Lake
  • Jos B. Michaud Blacksmith – Museum
  • 150th anniversary Heritage room
  • A walk through time (behind the church)
  • Grotto erected in 1954
  • Bird Observation – Municipal Park

To Do

  • Canoeing
  • Cottage Rental
  • Hunting & Fishing
  • Wildlife Camping
  • Half-Marathon Festivities