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Quispamsis Town Hall
Quispamsis Town Hall
Flag of Quispamsis
Official seal of Quispamsis
Coat of arms of Quispamsis
Quispam', Q-Dot, Q-Pam
"Quispamsis Floreat"  (Latin)
"Quispamsis Flourish"
Quispamsis is located in New Brunswick
Coordinates: 45°25′56″N 65°56′46″W / 45.43216°N 65.94621°W / 45.43216; -65.94621Coordinates: 45°25′56″N 65°56′46″W / 45.43216°N 65.94621°W / 45.43216; -65.94621
ProvinceNew Brunswick
CountyKings County
ParishRothesay Parish
Incorporated (village)1966
Incorporated (town)December 22, 1982
Electoral Districts

Fundy Royal
 • TypeTown Council
 • MayorLibby O'Hara
 • Councillors
List of Members
  • Mary L. Schryer
  • Emil Olsen
  • Kerrie Luck
  • Kirk Miller
  • Mike Edward Biggar
  • Beth Thompson
  • Noah Donovan
 • MPRob Moore (Con.)
 • MLABlaine Higgs (PC)
 • Land57.21 km2 (22.09 sq mi)
 • Total18,245
 • Density318.9/km2 (826/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Canadian postal code
E2E, E2G, E2S
Area code(s)506
Telephone Exchanges847, 848, 849
NTS Map021H05
GNBC CodeDAVTW Edit this at Wikidata

Quispamsis (/kwɪs.pæm.sɪs/,[a] sometimes shortened to /kwɪsˈpæm/) is a Kings County suburb of Saint John, New Brunswick, located 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the northeast in the lower Kennebecasis River valley. Its population was 18,245 as of the 2016 census.[1]


See also: History of New Brunswick and List of historic places in Kings County, New Brunswick

The original inhabitants of the area were the Maliseet First Nation, part of the Algonquin Federation[citation needed]. JP, The name, "Quispamsis" was translated from the Maliseet language and means, "little lake in the woods", the lake being present-day Ritchie Lake. Acadians, British pre-Loyalists and Loyalists settled in the area around 1783, with many receiving land grants along the Kennebecasis and Hammond Rivers.

Quispamsis amalgamated in 1998 with the nearby communities of Gondola Point and Wells to form the present town, covering an area of 60 km² and bordering the town of Rothesay to the southwest with the Hammond River along its northeastern boundary. Quispamsis is one of the fastest-growing towns in the province of New Brunswick.


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Quispamsis had a population of 18,768 living in 6,855 of its 6,985 total private dwellings, a change of 2.9% from its 2016 population of 18,245. With a land area of 56.97 km2 (22.00 sq mi), it had a population density of 329.4/km2 (853.2/sq mi) in 2021.[2]

Historical population
Source: Statistic Canada[3][1]


There are a number of recreational parks in the area. Parks open at dawn and closed at dusk. Parks include:

Arts and Culture Park (12 Landing Court) – includes walking trails, WiFi, picnic/chess tables, benches, stage and mezzanine. During the summer months there are outdoor movies and music free of charge and ice skating during the winter months.

Hammond River Park (28 Reynar Drive) – includes 40 acres, a fire pit, barbecue, picnic tables, hiking trails and a log cabin which is available for rent.

Off Leash Park (222 Vincent Road) – fenced-in area, trails and benches. This is an area for dog owners to let their dog run free.[citation needed]

Meenan's Cove Park (199 Model Farm Road) – includes picnic tables, barbecues, beach, boat dock, playground, ball field, walking trails and beach volleyball courts.

Ritchie Lake Park (Cedar Grove Drive) – includes picnic tables, beach and walking trails.

Quispamsis Qplex (20 Randy Jones Way) - includes two soccer fields, a baseball field, tennis courts, an arena, a swimming pool and a playground as well as walking trails.

Gondola Point Beach - Gondola Point Beach is a supervised freshwater beach with changing rooms and picnic areas. It is situated on a sandbar overlooking the Kennebecasis River at the entrance to the Gondola Point Cable Ferry service in Quispamsis. In the summer of 2014 there was a section on the beach fenced off for a "dog beach".[citation needed]


The Gondola Point Ferry, linking Quispamsis with the Kingston Peninsula, was originally installed by William Pitt and is the first underwater cable ferry in the world.[citation needed]

The COMEX bus service run by Saint John Transit runs through the Kennebecasis Valley and shuttles commuters from Quispamsis to Saint John every day, Mondays to Fridays. There are a few "park and ride" locations for commuters to leave their car for the day to take the bus into Saint John and along with other standing bus stops along the way.[4]


Quispamsis has a number of schools from grades K-12, these schools are:

School Grades
Quispamsis Elementary School K-5
Lakefield Elementary School K-5
Chris Saunders Memorial Elementary School K-5
École des Pionniers K-5
Valley Christian Academy K-12
Quispamsis Middle School 6-8
Kennebecasis Valley High School 9-12

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ The name is traditionally pronounced with a weak stress on any syllable, on the first and the third syllables, or on all syllables; the pronunciation with a strong stress on the second syllable is a recent development and is found mostly in those who have never visited the town.


  1. ^ a b c d "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Quispamsis, New Brunswick". Statistics Canada. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, census divisions and census subdivisions (municipalities), New Brunswick". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  3. ^ "Community highlights for Quispamsis". Community Profiles, 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. Retrieved September 21, 2008.
  4. ^ "Public Transit". Town of Quispamsis. Retrieved August 14, 2019.