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Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada

Join in the "Tintamarre" at Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site!

Parks Canada celebrates Acadian National Feast Day on August 16 with a fun-filled day for families

Acadian culture is known for its vibrant, colourful and engaging spirit and National Acadian Feast Day events are the perfect opportunity for to celebrate! Discover the history of settlement, conflict and overcoming change among the Acadian people. All are welcome to come out to Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site on Sunday, August 16 to take part in a day of fun and fanfare in honour of Acadian culture. This will be a wonderful, family-friendly celebration that is not to be missed- pack a picnic, lawn chairs, water bottles, sun screen, and maybe even a kite- and stay for the day!

The day will begin at 10 am with an hour long bilingual yoga session near the earthworks of the former British Fort Amherst, overlooking the panorama of Charlottetown Harbour. Yoga participants should bring a mat or even just a towel, and all visitors are invited to stroll the grounds and visit the interpretive panels along the Old Harbour Path. By noon, the Acadian flag will be raised to the sound of the Acadian National Anthem being sung; the classic Ave Maris Stella. Following this, all in attendance will be invited to take part in some engaging programming illustrating the history and the modern day culture of the Acadian people of Prince Edward Island including Tuning in with the Past, an animated musical interpretive program, as well as an Acadian-themed costume photo booth. There will be fun for families of all ages including a crafting area where participants can test their creative skills with colourful Acadian-themed projects. This day also represents the strong connection between Acadians and the Mi'kmaw people. There will be a Mi'kmaw Interactive Workshop, offered by Methilda Knockwood-Snache, along with other cultural programming activities, and members of the Société Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin will also be present at the event. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved indoors.

The day's events will conclude with a "Tintamarre", a joyful, traditional parade filled with noisemakers and improvised instruments. The "Tintamarre" is always lots of "noisy" fun for the young and the young at heart! Again, everyone is encouraged to explore the historic grounds of Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst, including the trail system, interpretive panels, monuments and plaques. Visitors will enjoy the many great vantage points from which to enjoy the view of Charlottetown Harbour. Light refreshments will be provided, but don't forget your picnic basket!

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Acadian National Feast Day


General welcome

Opening Mi'kmaw Prayer and Smudge


Get your Yoga On! … by the Mounds -
Gentle Hatha Yoga with
Karen Langevin

11:15am at the Acadian Odyssey Monument  

Opening remarks:
Parks Canada and SSTA

Mi'kmaw Four Directions Prayer

Raising of the Acadian National Flag;
Singing of Acadian National Anthem
(Ave Maris Stella)

11:30am (1hr)

Mi'kmaw Interactive Workshop by
Methilda Knockwood-Snache

11:30am (2hrs)

Children's Corner (crafts, etc.)

Acadian photobooth

Scavenger Hunts & Trivia

Library Enroute
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Information Booth


Tuning in with the Past

1 :30pm

Tintamarre ~ from Multi-Purpose Building to Recreational Grounds

1 :45pm (1hr)

Famille Pendergast Family ~ Live music on stage overlooking Charlottetown Harbour


Quick Facts

  • Though Parks Canada on PEI has chosen to celebrate on August 16, National Acadian Feast Day is marked as August 15. The selection of August 15 for a national holiday, which is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary - the patron saint of Acadians - was a decision made at the first National Acadian Convention held at Memramcook, New Brunswick in 1881. At the second National Acadian Convention held in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island in 1884, the delegates adopted a flag, a national anthem, a motto and an insignia.
  • Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site was the first permanent European settlement on Prince Edward Island. Three hundred French settlers arrived and established a permanent settlement in 1720.
  • Through initiatives like the celebration of National Acadian Feast Day, Parks Canada celebrates the historic and enduring contributions of Acadian people to the colourful cultural fabric of our country. By facilitating the participation of Canadians in cultural celebrations such as these, Parks Canada assists in building a network of cultural stewards who understand and appreciate the beauty and importance of a multicultural Canada.
  • Parks Canada is supporting Canada's National Conservation Plan (NCP) by taking concrete action to connect Canadians to nature. In addition, the ongoing work of Parks Canada contributes to NCP goals of encouraging local initiatives and partnerships that lead to tangible results.