Tracadie–Sheila

Tracadie–Sheila (/ˌtrækədi ˈʃlə/ TRAK-ə-dee SHY-lə) is a former town in Gloucester County, New Brunswick, Canada.[4] It is now part of the Regional Municipality of Tracadie.[1]

Tracadie–Sheila
Former town
Downtown Tracadie

Seal
Tracadie–Sheila
Location within New Brunswick.
Coordinates: 47.51239°N 64.91010°W / 47.51239; -64.91010
Country Canada
Province New Brunswick
CountyGloucester
ParishSaumarez
Town of Tracadie1966
Village of SheilaOctober 1, 1978
Town of Tracadie-SheilaJanuary 1, 1992
RM of TracadieJuly 1, 2014[1]
Government
  TypeTown Council
  MayorAldéoda Losier
  Deputy MayorBobby Ferguson
  Councillors
  Executive DirectorDenis Poirier
Area
  Total24.65 km2 (9.52 sq mi)
Elevation
0 - 22 m (−72 ft)
Population
 (2011)[3]
16,000
  Density200.1/km2 (518/sq mi)
  Pop 2006-2011
10.1%
  Dwellings
2,255
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Postal code(s)
E1X
Area code(s)
NTS Map021P10
GNBC CodeDATGK
Websitewww.tracadie-sheila.ca

History

Demographics

Population

Canada census – Tracadie–Sheila community profile
2011 2006
Population: 4,933 (+10.1% from 2006) 4,474 (-5.3% from 2001)
Land area: 24.65 km2 (9.52 sq mi) 24.64 km2 (9.51 sq mi)
Population density: 200.1/km2 (518/sq mi) 181.6/km2 (470/sq mi)
Median age: 45.4 (M: 45.1, F: 45.7) 43.2 (M: 43.2, F: 43.2)
Total private dwellings: 2,255 2,010
Median household income: $47,661 $39,887
References: 2011[3] 2006[5] earlier[6]
Historical Census Data - Tracadie–Sheila, New Brunswick[7]
YearPop.±%
1991 4,383    
1996 4,773+8.9%
YearPop.±%
2001 4,724−1.0%
2006 4,474−5.3%
YearPop.±%
2011 4,933+10.3%

Language : French Acadian

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Tracadie–Sheila, New Brunswick[7]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
4,880
4,670 13.6% 95.70% 155 34.8% 3.18% 25 n/a% 0.51% 30 57.1% 0.61%
2006
4,295
4,110 6.2% 95.69% 115 20.7% 2.68% 0 100.0% 0.00% 70 n/a% 1.63%
2001
4,575
4,380 1.0% 95.74% 145 45.3% 3.17% 50 400.0% 1.09% 0 100.0% 0.00%
1996
4,625
4,335 n/a 93.73% 265 n/a 5.73% 10 n/a 0.22% 15 n/a 0.32%

Tourism and culture

Located on the Acadian Peninsula, the area has a number of sandy beaches. Val-Comeau, the most popular, is protected as a Provincial Park. The beaches can usually be enjoyed from June until September, when the water is a moderate temperature.

Signage is in French, as most inhabitants of the Acadian Peninsula are predominantly French speaking. The community became known as the hometown of Wilfred Le Bouthillier, winner of the 2003 Quebec reality show Star Académie. The success of the young singer, known simply as Wilfred, resulted in a significant rise in tourism to the region.

The town is also home to pop singer Jean-François Breau. Well-known AIDS activist Dr. Réjean Thomas and opera singer Michèle Losier, (both now residing in Montreal), are from the neighbouring village of St-Isidore, part of the greater Tracadie area.

Economy

The region suffers from high unemployment because of its relative isolation from centres of greater population. It depends on federal government assistance to compensate for the weak economic performance of the last decades. Most well-paid jobs tend to be government-related, including teachers, nurses and doctors. Other employers are in the "Parc Industriel".

Tourism is an important seasonal employer, particularly in the summer months of June, July and August. Thousands of vacationers, mostly from neighbouring Québec, come for the beaches, ocean, and hospitality.

Transportation

The closest public airport is Bathurst Airport (IATA code: ZBF), 75 kilometres west of the town. It is served by Air Canada Jazz with twice daily flights to Montreal.

The community was once served by CN Rail for freight rail transport, but the rail line was abandoned in the 1980s. Today the nearest rail service is at Miramichi or Bathurst with the New Brunswick East Coast Railway; Via Rail Canada provides 6-day/week passenger rail service at Bathurst and Miramichi using its train the Ocean, running to Montreal and Halifax.

The town is located on Highway 11 which links the town to Caraquet and Shippagan to the northeast and Miramichi to the southwest. The town is connected to Highway 8 to Bathurst via Highway 365 and Highway 160 through St-Isidore and Allardville.

References

  1. "Establishing the Regional Municipality of Grand Tracadie-Sheila" (PDF) (PDF). New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government. February 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  2. Government of New Brunswick website: Tracadie-Sheila
  3. 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Tracadie–Sheila, New Brunswick
  4. New Brunswick Provincial Archives - Tracadie-Sheila
  5. "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
  6. "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  7. Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census


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