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Embracing Our Heritage... Transforming Our Future

Canada's oldest incorporated city, Saint John, New Brunswick, is characterized by its Irish heritage. In the mid 1840s more than 30,000 Irish immigrants arrived in Saint John. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and other organizations in this historic neighbourhood are testaments to the city's Irish heritage.


Listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Sites and a designated Provincial Heritage Place, The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is associated with early Irish immigration in Saint John. Between 1845 and 1847, approximately 30,000 Irish arrived in the city, more than doubling the population. At the time, Saint John was second only to Grosse Isle, Quebec as the busiest port of entry for Irish immigrants in British North America.

As Canada's Most Irish City, celebrating and preserving our shared past and the contribution of the Irish will ensure this heritage and cultural identity are passed on to future generations.

Cathedral Restoration & Waterloo Village Revitalization

Canada’s oldest incorporated city -- Saint John, New Brunswick -- is steeped in unique heritage. This historic city - like few other Canadian metropolitan areas -  is rich in urban, maritime, cultural, built and spiritual heritage, all of which contribute to the city’s legacy. Preserving this will not only ensure the sustainability of our inherited past but will also ensure this heritage is bestowed on future generations. It represents a bridge between generations: the sustainability and transformation of our cultural identity from generation to generation.

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About the Cathedral Heritage Foundation

The Cathedral Heritage Foundation is a registered non-profit charitable organization. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors responsible for the organization's administration and oversight.

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