DescriptionEdmundston is the honorary capital of the Republic of Madawaska, a mythical region that has evolved from 60 years of disputes regarding the exact location of the New Brunswick-Maine boundary. Although the boundary was settled by the Webster-Ashburton Treaty in 1842, local residents adopted the unofficial territory, complete with dialect and flag.
Bilingual Edmundston is the center of the province's pulp and paper industry. The city also is noted for hand-loomed fabrics and wood sculpture. Nearby de la République Provincial Park is a cultural and recreational center. Mont Farlagne, north of town just off Hwy. 2, offers facilities for winter and spring skiing; phone (888) 837-7669 for snow conditions.
La Foire Brayonne is a major summer cultural festival that takes place on the banks of the Saint John River. Primarily a celebration of the legendary Republic of Madawaska, it features appearances by internationally acclaimed musicians, a chain saw woodcarving artist and a Children's Village with face painting and other activities for kids. It's also an opportunity to sample such regional food specialties as ploye, a buckwheat pancake smothered in butter and brown sugar. The 5-day event takes place in late July and early August; for more information phone (506) 739-6608.
Visitor InfoEdmundston Madawaska Tourism Office 121 Victoria St. EDMUNDSTON, NB E3V 2H5. Phone:(506)737-1850 or (866)737-6766
Things to SeeMadawaska Historical Museum