Shediac (informal French Shédiac) is a Canadian town in Westmorland County, New Brunswick. The town is known as the "Lobster Capital of the World" and hosts an annual festival every July which promotes its ties to lobster fishing. At the western entrance to the town is a 90-ton sculpture called The World's Largest Lobster.[2]

Entrance to the town
Entrance to the town
Official seal of Shediac
Coat of arms of Shediac
Lobster Capital of the World
"In Unum Ad Summum"  (Latin)
"Together Toward The Heights
Shediac is located in New Brunswick
Coordinates: 46°13′10″N 64°32′39″W / 46.2195°N 64.54403°W / 46.2195; -64.54403
ProvinceNew Brunswick
CountyWestmorland County
ParishShédiac Parish
Founded18th century
 • TypeTown Council
 • MayorRoger Caissie
 • Governing BodyShediac Town Council
 • Total53.95 km2 (20.83 sq mi)
Sea level to 33 m (0 to 108.3 ft)
 • Total6,664
 • Density123.5/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (Atlantic (AST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Canadian Postal code
Area code(s)506
Telephone Exchange312 351 530 531 532 533
NTS Map021I02
Route 11
Route 15

Route 132
Route 133
Route 140


Shediac is situated primarily on Route 133 around Shediac Bay, a sub-basin of the Northumberland Strait.

Lobster sculpture

The town is located southwest and adjacent to the community of Pointe-du-Chêne, once the eastern terminus of the European and North American Railway as well as a stopover for Pan-Am's transatlantic "clipper" air service featuring large seaplanes. Imperial Airways' flying boat service to Foynes in Ireland also used the facilities.


Hundreds of years ago, the Mi'kmaq encampment of "Es-ed-ei-ik" was one of the major camps in southeast New Brunswick. The Mi'kmaq word "Es-ed-ei-ik" which means "running far in" (in reference to the tide, which has a long range over the shallow, sandy beaches) eventually transformed into Gédaique.[3]

Acadians first arrived at Shediac in 1751 as a result of the Acadian Exodus from peninsular Nova Scotia.[4] During the French and Indian War, French officer Charles Deschamps de Boishebert made his headquarters at both Shediac and Cocagne, New Brunswick. In the autumn of 1755, Boishebert established himself on the south shore of Cocagne Bay, a place known as Boishebert's Camp. The following year, Boishebert moved to Miramichi, New Brunswick, specifically to Beaubears Island.[5] After the war, Acadians returned to the region in 1767.

Today many Francophone use the spelling Shédiac; however, the town's name upon its incorporation did not feature an accented "e", and correspondingly the official geographic name for the community is Shediac.

Shediac Bay Yacht ClubEdit

Shediac Bay Yacht Club is on the Register of 'Canada's Historic Places' for being the location of a local wharf for nearly a century. The previous Shediac Bay Yacht Club House was designed by Roméo Savoie.[6]


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  1. ^ a b c d e "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Shediac, New Brunswick". Statistics Canada. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  2. ^ " Town of Shediac, New Brunswick". Big Things: The Monuments of Canada. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Rand, Silas Tertius (January 1, 1875). A First Reading Book in the Micmac Language: Comprising the Micmac Numerals, and the Names of the Different Kinds of Beasts, Birds, Fishes, Trees, &c. of the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Also, Some of the Indian Names of Places, and Many Familiar Words and Phrases, Translated Literally Into English. Nova Scotia Printing Company.
  4. ^ Webster, p. 3
  5. ^ Webster, p. 5
  6. ^ "Shediac Bay Marina". Canada's Historic Places. Parks Canada. Retrieved August 18, 2019.

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Coordinates: 46°13′N 64°32′W / 46.217°N 64.533°W / 46.217; -64.533 (Shediac)