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The arrival of the railroad in 1904 spurred growth in Minto, a town first settled by Loyalists and Irish immigrants. An influx of European immigrants found work in coal mines, and mining remains the chief industry.
The Minto Museum and Information Centre, 187 Main St., is housed in a renovated train station and contains railway and coal-mining artifacts. A caboose is on the museum grounds; phone (506) 327-3383.
Nearby Grand Lake, the province's largest, has beaches and harbors offering summer boating, swimming, camping and fishing. In town, Raccoon Trail is a scenic walking trail that follows the course of Newcastle Stream. To reach the trailhead, take Park Street off Main Street; the parking area is past Gilbert Park and the bridge that crosses the stream.
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