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Sackville Wharf

Old Shipyard Road, East side of CN Tracks, Sackville, New Brunswick, E4L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2005/04/11

Today, protruding posts mark the buried location of the top of the "New Wharf" from 1911.; Adele and Rainer Hempel
Sackville Wharf
The New Wharf located 1600 feet downstream from the old wharf; Courtesy of Archives of Public Works Canada
New Wharf 1912
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Other Name(s)

Sackville Wharf
Public Wharf
Quai Publique
Dixon's Landing
Atterrissage de Dixon

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Construction Date(s)

1840/01/01 to 1841/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/06/21

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Sackville Wharf consists of the wooden remains of the Sackville Wharf from 1911, which are land locked and located on the Old Shipyard Road, east side of CN tracks, near Lorne Street in Sackville. The designation also includes the landscape stretching 1600 feet upstream to the site of the Old Wharf. This landscape includes remains of Acadian dykes as well as the burried remains of other wharves and shipyards.

Heritage Value

Sackville Wharf is designated a Local Historic Place because it represents a change in the economic climate of Sackville from an agriculturally oriented community to a commercially oriented community.

The Old Wharf, constructed in 1840-41 at Dixon’s Landing, represents the growth of Sackville’s merchant community. The shopkeepers were looking to import products and export staples such as lumber, grindstones and building stones to the world. By the 1870s, the Chignecto Post was reporting that more wharf accommodation was needed. Only small schooners could lay in at the slips and those vessels of 200 tons and upward had only the end berth. Much activity was occurring at the Port of Sackville. A spur line of the Inter Colonial Railway was constructed in the 1870s to the public wharf and leased after 1884 by the N.B. and P.E.I. Railway. This local company had also purchased the private wharf from its owners, Mariners Wood and Ogden.

The construction of the New Wharf, which had been lobbied for over a period of thirty years, was completed in 1911. Much shipping business had been lost because of lack of proper wharf accommodation. Local folklore reports that a ship never tied up at the new wharf, as there was something wrong with the configuration of the structure. By the 1920s, the stretch of the Tantramar River, on which the old and new wharves were located, filled up with silt due to the result of a break through the neck leading to the Ram Pasture Marsh. The new wharf is land locked but an archaeological dig would unveil the complete structure of the 1911 wharf.

The remains of old dykes tie the area to the Acadian period and add to the overall heritage value of the site.

Source: Town of Sackville, LHP File Cabinet, Sackville Wharf File.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe Sackville Wharf include:
- location of the site of the Old Wharf at the end of present day Landing Road, site originally called Dixon’s Landing;
- location of New Wharf, 1600 feet downstream from original wharves, with remains 350 ‘ long, 40 ‘ wide land locked;
- the remains of the shipyards and wharves of Charles Dixon, Mariner Wood, Amos and William Ogden, and Christopher Boultenhouse;
- remains of old dykes.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Community Planning Act

Recognition Type

Local Register

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1911/01/01 to 1911/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Developing Economies
Communications and Transportation
Peopling the Land
Migration and Immigration

Function - Category and Type


Nature Element


Dock or Dry Dock

Architect / Designer



Downie Brothers

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Sackville, Historic Places Sackville Wharf File

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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