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Q-NB Day #7 Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 07/20/2011
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1.5 out of 5

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Geocache Description:

Name of the cache says it all –
Q - is for Quispamsis
NB – is for New Brunswick Day
## - is the series number of the cache

History of Quispamsis:

Quispamsis is one of New Brunswick’s fastest growing town, situated along the breathtaking Kennebecasis River and Hammond River waterways. This picturesque suburban community is located in southwestern New Brunswick, 22 km (13.7 miles) northeast of the City of Saint John. The short distance from the Fundy Fog belt and the cool breezes of the Atlantic Ocean permit warmer temperatures during spring and summer.

This progressive, vibrant community has many attractive residential opportunities for all types of family units. Abundant recreational areas, quality schools, places of worship, retail and professional services are all within the Kennebecasis Valley.

The original inhabitants were the proud Maliseet First Nation, part of the great Algonquin Federation. The name "Quispamsis" was translated from the Maliseet language and means "little lake", representing present-day Ritchie Lake. Acadian, British pre-Loyalists and Loyalists settled in the area around 1783, with many receiving land grants along the Kennebecasis and Hammond Rivers. In 1998 Quispamsis amalgamated with the former Village of Gondola Point and a portion of the area formerly known as Wells.

History of NB Day:

In June 1976, the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick adopted the New Brunswick Day Act, making the first Monday in August the provincial holiday. In 1989, the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Heritage was made responsible for organizing New Brunswick Day. At that time, New Brunswick Day had little purpose, other than allowing New Brunswickers to benefit from an extra holiday.

During that year, it was proposed that a merit award be made on New Brunswick Day to recognize exceptional New Brunswickers. However, sufficient funding could not be secured. As a result, in 1989 and 1990, the program consisted of a news release, schedule of events, and a list of festivals and events being held on the New Brunswick Day weekend.

In September 1990, a funding proposal was submitted which recommended developing a common theme, promotional material, a New Brunswick Day Merit Award, publicity campaign, and a schedule of events. In order to obtain additional resources and funds, an interdepartmental New Brunswick Day Committee was formed, and an improved program was prepared to celebrate this holiday.

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