New Denmark, New Brunswick

Canada New Brunswick Victoria County, New Brunswick
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New Denmark is located in New Brunswick
New Denmark
New Denmark
Coordinates: 47°02′04″N 67°44′22″W / 47.03444°N 67.73944°W / 47.03444; -67.73944Coordinates: 47°02′04″N 67°44′22″W / 47.03444°N 67.73944°W / 47.03444; -67.73944
Country Canada
Province New Brunswick
CountyVictoria County
IncorporatedJune 19, 1872
 • MLAAndrew Harvey (L)
 • MPT. J. Harvey (L)
 • Total1,668
Demonym(s)Danish or Dane(s)
Time zoneUTC−4 (Atlantic (AST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−3 (ADT)
Area code(s)506

New Denmark is a rural community in Victoria County, New Brunswick, Canada. The community is situated in rolling hills east of the Saint John River valley several kilometres south of Drummond. Its main industry is potato farming and related industries. Once the site of several schools, New Denmark is currently left with one English-language school serving elementary-age students; students in New Denmark can choose to continue school in nearby Grand Falls or Plaster Rock.

The community hosts Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Pentecostal churches. Its five major ancestries are: English (50.1%), French (36.4%), Danish (17.0%), Scottish (12.4%), Irish (11.9%). The population has remained at approximately 1,000 residents in recent history, with Denmark Parish reporting a population of 1,668 in 2006.


The community of Hellerup originally derived its name from Captain Sorensen S. Heller with several Danish settlers who sailed from København to Halifax aboard the Caspian steam ship, then on to the city of Saint John aboard the Empress. Then they paddle-wheeled up the St. John River and the Salmon River to arrive at the gravel bank on the opposite, inhabitable side of Drummond. This concurred with the redrafting of the Free Grants Act and redistribution of land parcels away from the original agreement set in the 1872 Stymest Heller proposal. Eventually this settlement formed the largest and what would become the oldest Danish community in Canada, but in recent decades the Danish influence has diminished somewhat due to out-migration.

In 1912, the National Transcontinental Railway constructed a large steel trestle across the Salmon River valley. Today, this bridge remains an important structure on the Montreal-Halifax mainline of the Canadian National Railway.


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See also


  1. ^ "New Denmark, New Brunswick: new approaches in the study of Danish migration to Canada, 1872-1901". Amicus. Library and Archives Canada. ISBN 0-494-06766-7. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Episode 4x06 New Denmark, N.B. - Still Standing". CBC. CBC. Retrieved 24 October 2018.