Although it is connected to Northumberland County, the municipality of Neguac can be considered, both historically and geographically, as the gateway to the Acadian Peninsula for people coming from the southern and southwestern parts of the province. It is located between Miramichi City and the regional municipality of Tracadie.
The region is rich in natural resources, and these provide residents with most of their income. Fishing and forestry are the main economic activities in the municipality, but it is also a service centre for neighbouring local service districts.
Neguac offers tourists exceptional natural attractions. Magnificent dunes line ocean lagoons sheltered from strong winds off the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the broad entrance to Miramichi Bay. Our visitors will have wonderful memories of their stay in Neguac after they visit our beautiful beaches and our eco-tourism park.
A Bit of History
The municipality of Neguac was founded by Acadian families in the late 1750s. It is located between two regions, Miramichi Bay and the Acadian Peninsula. For over 250 years, Neguac's relationships with the Anglophone communities of the Miramich have been mostly administrative and economic. The village was part of the federal riding of Miramichi. However, Neguac has also been part of the new Acadia that was born on the Peninsula after the hard years following the Deportation in 1755.
In 1988, Neguac was declared the "Savoie Family Capital of New Brunswick". The first Savoies arrived in the area around 1757. Jean Savoie and his wife Anne Landry settled their family here. They were the first family in Neguac, having been forced to flee from Miramichi in the winter of 1756-1757. Most Savoies in New Brunswick are descendants of the first Savoies in Neguac.
The municipality is located on a coastal plain, with a number of marshes that attracted Acadian families in the 18th century. The soils were poor and the climate harsh, so most people made their living from the sea and the forest. The most famous Acadian in the northeastern part of the province at the time, merchant and Justice of the Peace Otho Robichaud (1752-1824), also settled in Neguac. A provincial historic site commemorates Otho Robichaud and his family.
The tree represents the wild forest, cleared and still exploited by man (loggers, tree farmers, Christmas tree producers). It's also an image of the area's forestry heritage. The horizontal line represents the relatively flat land in the region. This green line also represents agriculture, growing berries, peatmoss and green spaces. It also marks the visual demarcation between land and sea. The fish represents a municipality which has always looked, and which still looks, to fishing and symbolizes fishers and their products. The waves have two meanings: a natural resource and a source of recreation. Around this natural resource the municipality has undergone economic and social growth. The waves are also important because of the lovely sandy beaches onto which they crash.
Mission and Vision
In the past, the municipality of Neguac didn't have an organizational mission, vision or set of values. As part of our strategic planning process, we carried out an exercise with the members of the Municipal Council, during which we developed the following mission, vision and values for 2013 – 2016.
The mission of the municipality of Neguac is to see to the economic and social development of the municipality, working in partnership with business, industry and groups of associations in the region to foster the wellbeing of its citizens and create a feeling of ownership, pride and mutual assistance.
The municipality of Neguac wants to see its population, industries and services grow for the benefit of all residents. It also wishes to create cohesion among the various associations and committees involved with the municipality.
- Respect and harmony
- Wellbeing of citizens, quality of life
- Sustainable, viabl development
- Sharing and trust