When to visit
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What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
The Acadian Peninsula extends from Miscou Island to Néguac, and includes the towns of Caraquet and Shippagan. The area is a classic destination in a canadian maritimes road trip.
Through the course of history, this region of New-France was the stage for a number of conflicts.
The Acadian people are proud, warm and authentic, always willing to share their cuisine, their traditions and their vibrant francophone culture.
Season: June 9 to October 7, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Village Historique Acadien is an historical reconstruction that portrays the way of life of Acadians between 1770 and 1939. The village "inhabitants", dressed in period costumes, provide a warm welcome, bringing history to life.
Authentic historical buildings line a 1.6 km dirt road over which proudly flies the Acadian flag, which resembles the French flag but with a gold star in upper left corner.
5 Rue du Pont, Bertrand / 506-726-2600
Season: Lighthouse tours from mid-June to mid-September, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A trip to Miscou Island begins with a stop at "Terrasse à Steve" (on the Miscou wharf, from early May to early September) to pick up a seafood picnic lunch. Walk the Peat Bog Boardwalk, admire Frye Lake, relax on one of the many beaches, or visit the Miscou lighthouse and learn about its fascinating history.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
Le Caraquette ($-$$)
This family restaurant offers great value for money. What could be better than enjoying fresh lobster on a lovely patio with a superb view of Baie des Chaleurs? Open Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
89 Boulevard Saint-Pierre est, Caraquet / 506-727-6009
MITCHAN SUSHI ($$)
Since opening its doors in 2005, Mitchan Sushi has become something of a Caraquet institution. The menu features a vast selection of fresh sushi, traditional Japanese dishes and original creations inspired by Acadian tradition. With its unique style, welcoming atmosphere and fresh food, Mitchan Sushi is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Open Wednesday-Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
114 Blvd. Saint-Pierre ouest, Caraquet / 506-726-1103
BOULANGERIE GRAINS DE FOLIE ($$)
This charming bakery-café offers excellent home-style breakfast and lunch menus with a wide selection of freshly ground coffees. You can even ask for a personalized latte! Originally from France, the owners prepare delicious bistro and deli style items using fresh local ingredients. Summer terrace, delicatessen, evenings of music and bar service on the 2nd floor. Open Wednesday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday during the summer) and weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
171 Boulevard Saint-Pierre ouest, Caraquet / 506-727-4001
Festival Acadien de Caraquet
Dates: August 2 to 14, 2019
Description: The Festival Acadien de Caraquet is not only one of the top Acadian cultural events of the year, but it is also one of the largest tourist attractions in the Atlantic provinces. Festival-goers converge by the thousands in Caraquet to celebrate the vitality of Acadian culture. Every year, some 400 artists grace the stage. Activities include Cabaret shows, an Emerging Artists series, the Acadian poetry festival, the Caraquet song gala, fireworks and the renowned Tintamarre noisemaking parade, the largest (and loudest!) popular gathering in Acadie! Come be part of the biggest musical celebration in Acadie!
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