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The Village of Alma: The Growth of Salmon River


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Albert County, NB



Offered in English.


The small town of Alma first got its start in the early nineteenth century when Europeans settled here. The region's early economy consisted of logging, fishing, and shipbuilding. Alma, at the mouth of the Upper Salmon River, was well situated for these industries. The plentiful surrounding woodlands were logged, and the lumber floated down the river to the mill in Alma. Shipbuilders constructed boats on the town's shores, and fishermen built a weir to increase the profitability of the herring and shad fisheries. The town thrived.

Today, most of these early industries have faded away, though lobster and scallop fishing remains a major part of Alma's economy. Tourism has become integral to the town due to the presence of Fundy National Park across the river, and Alma is known for its plentiful seafood restaurants.

On this walking tour, we will explore the early identity and economy of Alma. At Stop One, on the hillside above the town, we will learn about the community's roots and initial settlement. Then, we will walk down School Street to the town's wharves and explore the history of shipbuilding in Alma. Stop Three, also on the wharves, goes deeper into this industry, looking at how early boats were built and how the industry transformed throughout the years. Stop Four is farther along the shore and delves into the town's fishing industry.

From here, cross Main Street and walk across the bridge over the Upper Salmon River. Pause at Stop Five to learn about the lumber and sawmill industry in Alma and at Stop Six on the other side of the bridge to discover the history of the original covered bridge that once stood on this spot. Walk along the boardwalk to learn about the ecology and geology of the Bay of Fundy and about the formation of Fundy National Park at Stop Seven. Finally, head over to the Molly Kool Centre across Main Street to learn about Alma's famous female sea captain, Molly Kool.



On This Spot

At each stop on their journey users will find themselves standing on the spot a historic photo was taken. They can view a then and now photo comparison, use the built in camera to create their own, and read about local history and how it ties into the broader human experience.

Based in Vancouver, On This Spot is working with heritage, tourism, and business organizations across Canada to expand the app's coverage.