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Between the land and the sea, Campbellton sits at the head of Chaleur Bay and at the mouth of the Restigouche River, in northern New Brunswick across the water from the province of Quebec. This city, the river and the bay are integrally linked. The Restigouche is a famous salmon river and the city celebrates this connection with the World’s Largest Salmon, Restigouche Sam, a stainless steel sculpture set in Salmon Park near the river. Activity in the city tends to focus on the river with all sorts of paddle sports opportunities and fishing, culminating annually in the Salmon Festival, filled with salmon dinners, canoe races, children’s ...

Between the land and the sea, Campbellton sits at the head of Chaleur Bay and at the mouth of the Restigouche River, in northern New Brunswick across the water from the province of Quebec. This city, the river and the bay are integrally linked. The Restigouche is a famous salmon river and the city celebrates this connection with the World’s Largest Salmon, Restigouche Sam, a stainless steel sculpture set in Salmon Park near the river. Activity in the city tends to focus on the river with all sorts of paddle sports opportunities and fishing, culminating annually in the Salmon Festival, filled with salmon dinners, canoe races, children’s activities, golf, a circus performance and ending with fireworks. Memorial Civic Center is a major sports facility capable of hosting Olympic events. About three kilometers from town, Sugarloaf Park is an all-season venue. It has 32 km of snowmobile trails and 20 km of cross country trails as well as alpine skiing and tobogganing. In summer there are hiking trails and lift-accessed mountain bike trails. Farther back in the forests behind the city the facilities of Mount Carleton Provincial Park provide more options for outdoor recreation. Along the shore east of the city at Dalhousie, the history of the river and its people is told at the Restigouche River Museum. Visit Inch Aran Park to swim at the beach or see the Arches, a natural rock formation.

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  • Location: Campbellton is a Canadian city in Restigouche County, New Brunswick. Situated on the south bank of the Restigouche River, forestry and tourism are major industries in the region. Wealthy sportfishermen seeking Atlantic Salmon flock to the area.
  • Language: English, French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Restigouche River | Wikitravel
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    The best time to enjoy Campbellton is from late spring through the autumn. The Fiddlehead Fern Harvest Festival is in the spring.