Region and Geographic Location:
The village of Neguac can also be considered, from a historic or geographic point-of-view, the entryway to the Acadian Peninsula for people coming from the south or south-west of the province. Neguac is situated between the City of Miramichi and the village of Tracadie-Sheila.
The region relies heavily on its natural resource base for its revenues. Fishing and forestry operations dominate the economic activities of the municipality but Neguac is also a service center for neighboring communities.
Neguac’s tourism industry takes full advantage of its exceptional natural attractions such as the magnificent dunes along the shores and Miramichi Bay. Visitors can enjoy a day at the beach or take in the Eco-tourism park.
During the summer season, Neguac has many activities to offer residents and visitors. The Neguac Festival, for example, is a mix of cultural, recreation and sports events where tourists have a chance to meet the citizens of Neguac, known to be some of the most friendly in Acadia. Neguac looks forward to welcoming you to its region.
Situated between two regions, the Miramichi Bay and the Acadian Peninsula, the village of Neguac was founded by several Acadian families at the end of the 1750’s. For over 250 years, Neguac has been linked with the English community of Miramichi, partly because the village was part of the Miramichi electoral district. But Neguac has always been tied to Acadia, born on the peninsula after the difficult years following the exportation of 1755.
1988 marked the year when Neguac was officially proclaimed the "Capital of the Savoie’s of New Brunswick." The first Savoie’s arrived in the area around 1757. The family of Jean Savoie and his wife Anne Landry established themselves and became the first pioneer family of Neguac after being forced to leave Miramichi during the winter of 1756-57. The majority of Savoie’s of New Brunswick are descended from the first Savoie’s of Neguac.
The village is situated along a coast that had many attractions for the Acadian families of the 18th century. Because of the quality of the soil and the harsh climatic conditions, the population focused on the fishery and forestry operations as means of survival.
The most famous northern New Brunswick Acadian of the time, merchant and justice of the peace Otho Robichaud (1752-1824) was also from Neguac. A provincial historic site was designated in Neguac to commemorate the man and his family.
The horizontal line represents the relatively flat terrain of the region as well as the agricultural industry, fruit producers, peat moss harvesters and the many precious green spaces throughout the area. The line is also the visual demarcation between the earth and sea.
The fish captures the idea that Neguac is a village where the fishery has and continues to be important to its economy. This symbol represents the fisherman and the product of their labor.
The waves represent two different ideas, the idea that the sea is a natural resource and a source of beauty. Because of this natural resource, the municipality has grown economically as well as socially. The waves are also important because of the beautiful sandy beaches onto which they crash.The tree represents the wild forest that man has cultivated and continues to work (woodsmen, silviculturalists, Christmas tree producers). It is also the image of a heritage greatly influenced by the woods that surround the area.