Edmundston - Saint-Basile District

Historical Facts

First religious parish of the region, Saint-Basile was the hub of Madawaska for over 100 years.

Saint-Basile is well worth the detour because it offers the ultimate in heritage and history. The parish cemetery on Main Street is particularly interesting to visit. Here, you will see crosses that bear the names of the first Acadian families.

Inside the Historical Cyr House, built around 1810, you will see how rooms and walls were assembled in that era.


Did you know?

Did you know that Saint Basile is more than a page in history; it is also the birthplace of superstar Roch Voisine?

Did you know that this parish, which celebrated its bicentennial in 1992, proudly calls itself “Berceau du Madawaska” (Cradle of Madawaska)?

Did you know that the establishment of the first French settlement in Madawaska goes back to 1785? The first Acadian families settled and the French Canadians joined them shortly after.

Did you know that just before the village limits is the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation reserve? It is the smallest community of its kind in New Brunswick.

Information: Madawaska Maliseet First Nation (506) 739-9765


Itinerary Suggestions

  • Cyr Historical House
  • The cemetery and historical Chapel
  • The Commemorative Monument