Sackville is on the saltwater Tantramar Marshes in southeastern New Brunswick. It is home to Mount Allison University, a liberal arts university.
Historically, the area was populated by the Mi’kmaq First Nation Indigenous people). The French-speaking Acadian population settled in the area around 1670. Nearby Aulac (on the Nova Scotia border) was home to Fort Beauséjour, a French fortification defeated by the British in 1755.
Radio-Canada International, the country's former shortwave broadcaster, used Sackville as its transmitter site until it left the air in 2012; the saltwater marshes made an effective reflector at radio frequencies.
- Route 2 (Trans-Canada Highway) main route, passes through Sackville and Aulac, after exiting Nova Scotia, where the highway is known as Highway 104.
- Route 16, the road from the Confederation Bridge and Prince Edward Island, meets Route 2 in Aulac - some 10 km (6.2 mi) east of Sackville. Highway 1 is the name of the highway in Prince Edward Island that becomes Route 16 in New Brunswick. Route 16, Highway 1, and Highway 104 are form a branch of the Trans-Canada Highway between Amherst and New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.
1 Sackville station. Train operator:
- VIA Rail Canada, toll-free: . Operates train routes across Canada. Operates The Ocean route between Halifax and Montreal, including stops in Moncton and Sainte-Foy (near Quebec City). Operates three trips per direction per week. A shuttle between train stations in Sainte-Foy and in Quebec City is available for The Ocean trains, but must be reserved in advance.
Maritime Bus, toll-free: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Operates an inter-regional bus service between destinations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Its route between Halifax and Moncton includes stops in Dartmouth, Halifax Airport, Truro, Amherst, Sackville, and Moncton Airport.
- Travel to Sackville from the following destinations involving same day transfers is as follows:
- Sackville Cab, 34 Lorne St, ☏ .
- Squires Courtesy Cab, 27 Walker Rd, ☏ .
- Sackville Waterfowl Park. A public boardwalk circles 22 ha (55 acres) of natural habitat for ducks, muskrats and over 150 species of birds.
- Sackville Farmers Market, ☏ . Sa 9AM-noon. Small farmers, artisans and street restaurants; 30-50 local vendors.
- Black Duck Café, 19 Bridge St., ☏ . Local meeting place serving espresso, pastries and baked goods, seasonal soups, sandwiches and salads.
- Goya's Pizza, 96 Main St., ☏ , . Pizza, donairs and subs. Lebanese food, including chicken and beef shawarma, tabbouleh salad and hummus.
- Mel's Tea Room, 17 Bridge St., ☏ . Local 1945 diner serving burgers, home fries and comfort foods.
- Marshlands Inn, 55 Bridge St., ☏ . 1854 B&B heritage inn on 8 acres with open restaurant for breakfast (about $8), lunch ($15-20), dinner ($20-33). about $200/night (double, with breakfast/dinner).
- In Aulac, Wi-Fi and e-mail are available at the provincial travel information office (near the NB 2/16 highway crossroads)
- In Sackville, wi-fi and public access computers are available at the Sackville Public Library, 66 Main St. (+1 506 364-4915, fax +1 506 364-4915, open Tu 1-5PM/6-8PM and W-Sa 10AM-noon/1-5PM)
A tiny New Brunswick hamlet directly on the Nova Scotia border (10 km E of Sackville), Aulac occupied a strategic location in the final days of francophone Acadia. Peninsular Nova Scotia was under English control after 1710; New Brunswick remained Acadian until le grand dérangement - the forced Acadian exile of 1755. This made tiny Aulac the front line. Fort Beauséjour, a French fortress, was built in 1751 to counter the British Fort Lawrence directly across the border in Nova Scotia.
The ruins of Beauséjour are now a national historic site.
Tiny Aulac has a restaurant and an Irving truck stop. Before the motorway bypassed the hamlet in the 1990s, the Trans-Canada Highway (NB 2) passed directly through the village as Aulac Road.
- 2 Fort Beauséjour - Fort Cumberland National Historic Site, 111 Fort Beauséjour Rd, Aulac, ☏ , fax: . Late Jun to early Sep: 9AM – 5PM. A French fortress, Fort Beauséjour was built in 1751 to counter the British Fort Lawrence (near the site of the ruined Acadian village of Beaubassin) and control the Isthmus of Chignecto. The British defeated Fort Beauséjour in 1755, using it to house Acadians as prisoners (a group of 80 Acadian captives escaped on February 26, 1756) during a period of mass deportations known as le grand dérangement. Acadian refugees resettled as far afield as Louisiana. British forces occupied the fort until 1835; it was then abandoned. The ruins were only partially reconstructed, with a museum on-site. $4.
- 1 [dead link] The Schnitzel Haus, 153 Aulac Rd, Aulac (across the street from the Irving Big Stop), ☏ . Near the junction of NB highways 2 and 16. Serves German cuisine, reasonably well-known around the Atlantic provinces due to the relative lack of such cuisine in Atlantic cities.
|Routes through Sackville|
|Fredericton ← Moncton ←||W E||→ Aulac → Truro|
|Routes through Aulac|
|Moncton ← Sackville ←||W E||→ becomes → Amherst → Truro|
|END ←||W E||→ Port Elgin → Confederation Bridge → Charlottetown|