Rexton, New Brunswick

Rexton is a village in Kent County, New Brunswick, Canada.


Progressio et Concordia  (Latin)
"Progress and Concord"
Location of Rexton in New Brunswick
Coordinates: 46.633333°N 64.866667°W / 46.633333; -64.866667
ProvinceNew Brunswick
CountyKent County
Founded1825 by John Jardine
IncorporatedNovember 9, 1966
  TypeTown Council
  MayorRandy Warman
  Total6.18 km2 (2.39 sq mi)
  Density134.4/km2 (348/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Canadian Postal code
Area code(s)506


Situated on the Richibucto River, the village was originally inhabited by Mi'kmaq First Nations, many of whose descendants still reside in the nearby Elsipogtog First Nation, formerly referred to as the Big Cove Band. Acadian settlers colonized the general area in the 18th century, in places such as Bouctouche, Miramichi and Richibucto Village.

The first English-speaking settler was Thomas Powel who arrived in 1790. There was considerable colonization by English shipbuilders, Scottish merchants and Irish immigrants followed, including many Irish Protestants who arrived to work in the Jardine Shipbuilding Yards around the year 1819. They eventually cleared enough land to receive land grants following the 1820s survey by a Mr. Layton conducted around the Molus River area of nearby Weldford Parish, New Brunswick and the size of Elsipogtog First Nation was reduced to the current boundaries.

Two ships brought the majority of the settlers here from Scotland, one being the Dickies, captained by Simon Graham, and the other was the Isabella, sailed by Captain Thomas Carruthers.

Fishing, lumbering and shipbuilding flourished throughout the 19th century. The first bridge over the Richibucto River was completed there in 1850, improving commerce and communications in the region.

The settlement was known from about 1825 as Kingston, but in 1901, the name was changed to Rexton. This was probably to avoid confusion with other Kingstons, particularly Kingston, Kings County, New Brunswick, which still carries the name.

Notable people

Rexton (Kingston at the time) was the birthplace of Bonar Law, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1922–1923. Until the election of Boris Johnson in 2019, who was born in New York City, Law was the only British Prime Minister to be born outside the British Isles. His name is honoured at a recently upgraded community attraction, Bonar Law Common, and also at Bonar Law Memorial High School in Rexton. His father Rev. James Law was the Minister for St. Andrew's Church in Rexton for many years. William John Bowser, Premier of British Columbia (1915–1916), was born in Rexton. Former Premier of New Brunswick, Shawn Graham, was raised in Rexton.


Population trend [2][1]

Census Population Change (%)
2016 830 1.5%
2011 818 5.1%
2006 862 6.4%
2001 810 10.8%
1996 908 3.4%
1991 940 1.5%
1986 926 0.2%
1981 928 N/A

See also


  1. "Census Profile, 2016 Census Rexton, Village [Census subdivision], New Brunswick". Statistics Canada. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  2. Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  3. Statistics Canada: 2011 census
  • Barry Kinread Glencross, Rexton: The First 175 Years (privately published, 2001)
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