Situated on ancient lands, the Metepenagiag Heritage Park is an aboriginal village rich in history and culture. The Mi'kmaq culture has called it home for nearly 3,000 years. Today there’s a preserved historic village with many archaeological and cultural artifacts to explore, as well as the Augustine Mound and Oxbow National Historic Sites.
The two historic sites allow insight into Mi’kmaq spirituality, community, and burial rituals. The “Village of Thirty Centuries” is the oldest continually occupied village in all of New Brunswick. Visitors have the chance to speak with Mi’kmaq Nationally Certified Heritage Interpreters, see the site’s tipis and other facets of daily life, or view a variety of interactive exhibits in the cultural center. Artifacts include the impressive Mi’kmaq ceramic pottery, clothing, and tools.
Outdoor lovers will want to check out the many hiking trails located on the grounds, which showcase the wildlife and plant life of the area and its medicinal and edible uses. Tours often include a walking tour of the museum and trails.
The park can be found on the Red Bank of the Miramichi River Route in New Brunswick, where the Northwest and Little Southwest Miramichi Rivers meet. It’s best to drive using Route 8 to Route 420 West. If you plan to walk the trails, allot around thirty extra minutes for your visit. Please note that the park is only open May 15th - October 15th annually.