Jacquet River Gorge

Jacquet River Gorge

Jacquet River Gorge

Jacquet River is a former municipality in Restigouche County and is now part of the municipality of Belledune. Most people agree that Jacquet River got its name for the famous French explorer, Jacques Cartier, who landed around this area.

It has an elementary and middle school, which is also used by the surrounding communities. It has a grocery store, along with a few locally owned convenience stores. It has a municipal park, which is maintained by the village. It is to be noted a famous song of the 1970s by Canadian artist Ray Griff is referenced to Jacquet River. 

Jacquet River Salmon Barrier

The first Britishers seemed to have been a group of Scottish settlers, who had taken up land at Thol Point, N.B. around 1783. In 1790 James Doyle lived at Jacquet River. He and his family were the only settlers between Bathurst and Dalhousie.

Jacquet River has a very strong history with many families having deep roots there, including the Guitard, Gauthier, Joncas, Cormier, Furlotte, Lapointe, Carriers, Hickey, Mallaley, Kelly, Dempsey, McNair, Driscoll, Culligan and Doyle who originally settled by James Augustus Doyle in 1791.

In 1994, the Village of Jacquet River, along with a few unincorporated communities amalgamated with the Village of Belledune to form a larger village known as Belledune: “The Super Village”.

Jacquet River is an English community, even though many confuse it with its fairly French name.

A popular stop for locals and visitors is the Jacquet River Gorge. The site has a number of areas to explore and discover, from the marsh area, to a unique beach.

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4 thoughts on “Jacquet River Gorge

  1. Born in Belleville, Ontario, spent most of my adult life “North of 7” . Northbrook, Cloyne area. Canadian shield. Just recently moved to Jacquet River. It’s the most terrifyingly beautiful landscape I’ve ever seen. I spend time every day just gazing at my surroundings. We bought a modest cabin like home, just enough for us, our dog and big garden.
    The community is very welcoming and embracing. There’s alot of history here we are so happy to have found our forever home. We have almost made it through our first winter. Big storm coming tomorrow but that’s ok. We’re ready. Can’t wait till spring.

  2. I’d like to visit someday since my grandfather, Colin Doyle was born there in 1929. His parents, William N Doyle and Isabel (née Comeau) May have also been born there. I’ll have to do some genealogy, I guess.

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