The Road to Canada: The Grand Communications Route from Saint John to Quebec
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Since the last Ice Age, the only safe route into Canada’s interior during the winter started at the Bay of Fundy and followed the main rivers north to the St. Lawrence River through what is now New Brunswick. It was Joseph Robineau de Villebon, a commandant in Acadie, who first made strategic use of the route in time of war because he understood its importance in the struggle for North America. A strategic link between the Atlantic colonies and Quebec, the French made extensive use of the route to communicate and move troops between the northern settlements and Fort Beauséjour, Louisbourg, and Port-Royal. The British later put great effort into maintaining and fortifying the route as a defence against the French and then to ward off the Americans.
As well as telling the story of the Grand Communications Route from the earliest human habitation of the area, The Road to Canada describes the historic sites, forts, blockhouses, and other historic remains that can still be visited today.
Major W.E. (Gary) Campbell has served for in the Canadian Army (Militia), the Canadian Army (Regular), and the Canadian Forces. He is presently completing his Ph.D. at the University of New Brunswick.