AAA Editor Notes
Battle of Restigouche National Historic Site (Lieu historique national de la Bataille-de-la-Restigouche), 40 boul. Pérron Ouest (Hwy. 132), was the location of the last naval battle fought in North America during the Seven Years' War, 1756-63. The interpretation center's exhibits include various artifacts as well as sections of an 18th-century French frigate recovered during underwater excavation of the site. A film explains the battle, while a re-creation of the ship's interior helps convey what life was like aboard the vessel.
Québec had just fallen to the British forces, but the government of New France persuaded France to send aid despite the colony's imminent collapse. The French rescue mission consisted of six ships, but only three reached the Chaleurs Bay. After several days of battle along the Restigouche River the French scuttled two of their ships; the British destroyed the third.