Downtown Edmundston

Historical Facts

Downtown Edmundston is well renowned for its cathedral and historical churches. Take time to visit the Immaculate Conception Cathedral on de l’Église Street, a splendid temple representative of both Gothic and Roman architectures. On the other side of the Madawaska River is the church Our Lady of Sorrows where you can see the Way of the Cross carved in wood by artist Claude Roussel.


Historical facts

Edmundston, a university town, is the business and service hub of Madawaska. It is the most populated city in the region.

In the early days of colonization, Edmundston was called Petit-Sault (small waterfall). The Fortin du Petit-Sault, located at the confluence of the Saint John and Madawaska rivers, was used during that time to protect the territory. The town takes its current name from a former Governor of New Brunswick, Sir Edmund Walker Head, who visited Madawaska in 1856. Before the arrival of the first settlers, the Amerindians called this place "Madoueskak" meaning land of porcupines. In 1917, the Fraser Company built a pulp and paper mill and in 1925, another paper mill was built in Madawaska, a neighbouring American town in Maine. The two border mills were connected by 2 km of heavy gauge pipe. These pipes were used to transport steam and pulp.

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Suggested itinerary

  • Start the day with an 18-hole round at the Fraser Edmundston Golf Club
  • Have lunch at a local restaurant
  • Go back in time at the Madawaska Historical Museum
  • Take a walk on the Prospector's Trail

Did you know that...

Did you know that in the heart of the city, there is a splendid 18-hole golf course, renowned in the Maritimes for the quality of its greens and its course?


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