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Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada

Join in the “Tintamarre” at Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst!

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 Acadian National Feast Day events are the perfect opportunity to experience it! 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 celebration in honour of Acadian culture.

The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with a Mi'kmaq opening ceremony, an important element highlighting the historic ties that existed between the Mi’kmaq and the early French and Acadian settlers, ties that remain strong to this day. After the ceremony, all in attendance will be invited to take part in some engaging interpretive programming illustrating the history of the Acadian people of Prince Edward Island. There will be fun for children of all ages, including a crafting area where they can test their creative skills with colourful, Acadian-themed craft projects. In the case of inclement weather, activities will be moved indoors to the multi-purpose building.

The day’s events will conclude with a “Tintamarre", a joyful, traditional parade filled with noisemakers and improvised instruments. This activity is always lots of “noisy” fun for the young and the young at heart! Everyone is encouraged to explore the historic grounds of Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst, including the trail system and interpretive panels, monuments and plaques. Visitors will enjoy the many great vantage points from which to view the Charlottetown Harbour. This is a wonderful, family-friendly celebration that is not to be missed – pack a picnic and stay for the day!

Quick Facts

  • Acadian National Feast Day is an annual event held each August 15 in the Acadian Community. The selection of August 15 for a holiday was a decision made at the first National Acadian Convention, which took place at Memramcook, New Brunswick, in 1881.
  • Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site was the site of the first permanent European settlement on Prince Edward Island. Three hundred French settlers arrived here and established a permanent settlement in 1720.
  • Through initiatives like the celebration of Acadian National 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.