Waterfall Detail: The drive out from Dieppe along Route 925 is through ancestral Acadian countryside. Meandering along the eastside of the Petitcodiac River through small communities named after many of our Acadian families is wonderful. Away from the hustle of the Trans Canada the road leads through villages such as Gautreau, Belliveau and Boudreau. They are nestled in rich farm land that quietly rises from the mud flats of the river to rich emerald forest. Much of the pasture along the river was reclaimed by Acadian settlers. The area is in stark contrast to the lofty mountains of Albert counity across the river to the west. The river was the natural division between Acadian communities on the east and the Scottish, Irish and English communities such as Hillsborough on the west.
The road to Beaumont leads away from the Village of Gautreau down through Belliveau and Boudreau towards Shepody Bay. Beaumont is rich farm land quietly nestled along the river. Small streams etch their way down from the low lying hills to the east through the low lying fields to the mud flats of the river. Eventually the ridge of hills begins to turn west and unite with the river. It is at this convergence that a small stream cuts through the escarpment forming a series of small waterfalls before slicing through the reclaimed farmland.
Visit Detail: My book signing schedule had me in Sackville for a 6:30 PM engagement. With this in mind I decided to take a day off work and drive down through back country roads trying my best to stay away from populated areas. Unfortunately, I had to drive through the cities of Moncton and Dieppe to locate this small roadside waterfall in the rural community of Beaumont.
I was completely taken by the natural beauty of the countryside and was captivated as I drove slowly along the quite road. The Acadian flag proudly displayed by every household guiding me to my destination. This proud history made me think of my Acadian roots on my mother’s side of the family.
I stopped to speak with a lady and her elderly parents parked alongside enjoying the beauty of the area. Unsure of the location of the falls I asked if she knew of them. After asking her elderly parents she quietly said that they were not aware of any waterfalls. With the windows down I drove further on and several hundred metres beyond I was awaken from my reverie by the sound of a waterfall. Hidden by the trees, the small brook reached out inviting me to explore. I was pleasantly surprised. This is a wonderful alcove of thick brush and a sparkling waterfall. After 30 minutes I returned to my car and drove further down along the Petitcodiac until the road conditions forced me to turn around.