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Sackville is situated at the head of the Bay of Fundy and on the edges of the Tantramar Marshes, the wet lowlands that connect Nova Scotia to the mainland. While small in population, Sackville has a cultural life that should be the envy of much larger communities. Starting as an Acadian settlement, Sackville saw its citizens exiled when the British found Acadians among the soldiers at Fort Beausejour at its capture in 1755. Later settlers came to Sackville from New England, Britain and Scotland. Its future was assured when it found itself on the route of the Canadian transcontinental railroad. It is home to Mount Allison University, an ...

Sackville is situated at the head of the Bay of Fundy and on the edges of the Tantramar Marshes, the wet lowlands that connect Nova Scotia to the mainland. While small in population, Sackville has a cultural life that should be the envy of much larger communities. Starting as an Acadian settlement, Sackville saw its citizens exiled when the British found Acadians among the soldiers at Fort Beausejour at its capture in 1755. Later settlers came to Sackville from New England, Britain and Scotland. Its future was assured when it found itself on the route of the Canadian transcontinental railroad. It is home to Mount Allison University, an institution that has enriched its cultural life greatly. Museums preserve the town’s maritime heritage and its carriage manufacturing history. The Sackville Harness Shop, in what is believed to be the oldest building in town, still makes harnesses and tack as well as wallets and other leather goods. A full schedule of festivals from the Festival by the Marsh to the Early Music Festival fill the spring, summer and fall. One of the highlights of this attractive town is the Tantramar Wetlands Centre which, through inside exhibit space and long paths along the waterfront, provides education about the role of wetlands in the preservation of ecology.

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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Located on the southern coast of New Brunswick just north of Chignecto Bay.
  • Language: English and French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Sackville is best enjoyed from early spring through autumn. The Early Music Festival is in late September.