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Wolastoq means "the beautiful river," in the language of the Maliseet people who lived beside it. Today, we know it as the beautiful Saint John River. For many centuries before Europeans arrived, Wolastoq, with its tributaries, lands and forests, provided an abundance of food, materials and medicines to the Maliseet people. They were known then as the "Wolastoqiyik," meaning "people of the beautiful river." It provided them with a transportation route for hunting, trade and travel. Today, a park has been developed for recreational and educational purposes. Overlooking the Saint John River, this location boasts one of the best views of the Reversing Rapids, the inner harbour and the city skyline. As you stroll along the walking paths, you can also learn about the history of the city of Saint John. This park features many statues of some of the historical Saint John figures that have helped shape the city. Learn about Koluskap, the Great Beaver; the Maliseet people's story about how the Bay of Fundy was created. You can also learn about Samuel de Champlain, Madame La Tour and many more. Wolastoq Park is an excellent place for walking, educational tours, picnic lunches or just enjoying a relaxing afternoon taking in the view. In 2004, the park was established and is currently maintained by J.D. Irving Limited.

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