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Bathurst Heritage Trust Commission inc.

\"Tradition, Transition, & Heritage\" -Incorporated 1989-

The Bathurst Heritage Trust Commission Inc. is a non-profit organization that exists to preserve the history and heritage of Bathurst and the Nepisiguit region and to protect that history, written and oral for the children of the generations to come. This is accomplished by maintaining records, photos, and artifacts which have been entrusted to the Commission in a small community heritage museum.
The Bathurst Heritage Trust Commission was established in 1988 upon resolution of the Bathurst City Council. From this resolution, evolved the following set of goals and objectives:

Long Term Goals

  • To establish a Heritage Museum for the City of Bathurst and the Nepisiguit-Chaleur region.
  • To recognize the need for preservation of historic structures, heritage buildings, and local history.
  • To develop and maintain a strategy to raise public awareness of local history and written heritage and the need for its preservation.
  • To establish and maintain a system of historical research pertaining to the area and its people.

Short Term Objectives

  • To place Heritage plaques on buildings that are 75 to 100 years old.
  • To publish brochures of Bathurst History and Heritage.
  • To conduct seminars, workshops, and teaching events about local history.
  • To place Heritage Photographs outdoors on display in strategic areas of the city.
  • To enhance the quality of information available to school children about local history and heritage.
  • To develop heritage tours of Bathurst and area.
  • To maintain liaison with the Nepisiguit Centennial Library where Heritage displays may be presented.
  • To maintain close contact with all groups with similar objectives.
  • To develop a public awareness strategy which includes keeping the Mayor and Council up to date on all Heritage developments - local, provincial, and national.


  • The Old Post Office was proclaimed a Heritage Building in 1989 and was featured in the first Canadian Register of Heritage Properties in 1992.
  • The Old Post Office clock was refurbished and has been running since
    January 1st, 1994.
  • Heritage plaques have been placed on more than 14 structures in honor of
    their history.
  • Several brochures are available and more are being printed for distribution.
  • Heritage photos have been reproduced and are sold as a fund-raising project as well as hasti-notes, key tags, pins, plates, bells, and trinket boxes.
  • Heritage programs are offered to schools, as well as tours to the museum.
  • National Heritage Day is celebrated each year on the 3rd Monday of February, in collaboration with the Provincial and National Heritage branches of Government.

Of particular interest and concern are the Bathurst ASTER which may be seen on the website of amateur photographer Jacques Audet at www.fleurs-acadie.com.
(This is in French only), and also the MARITIME RINGLET BUTTERFLY . These two species are unique to Chaleur Region and are worthy of protection and preservation.

The Commission meets monthly and new members are welcome.

City Hall at Bathurst, New Brunswick

Director, Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Paul Theriault

Temporary Receptionist / Secretary
Jana Dickie

Recreation Programmer
Ryan Wilbur

Tel: (506)548-0410
Fax: (506)548-0406

Email: city.tourism@bathurst.ca
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