At the very heard of Acadia
7 days: from Edmunston to Annapolis Royal
1535 km roundtrip
Edmunston to Caraquet and the coast
Dive into history in the footstep of Acadian people. You’ll be inspired by their charming accents and traditions.
Hit the road and travel the Acadian Peninsula, including Caraquet. Turn on the radio and be lulled by the music of proud people. Food, museums and festivals are part of the package deal.
Boishébert and Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Sites - Miramichi, 125 km from Caraquet
Meet colourful characters, from early French fur traders, to the Marquis Charles Deschamps de Boishebert, to the various shipbuilders who inhabited the island for over 100 years dressed in authentic garb. Immerse yourself in the spirited retellings of a history both tumultuous and triumphant: the Acadian deportation.
Begin your adventure with a scenic stroll atop Kellys Beach Boardwalk, wandering above salt-marsh grass toward lagoons brimming with life. With an engaging interpretive guide at the lead, explore the home of dozens of vital marine species including hermit crabs, mussels and oysters.
Or set out on a marine adventure with the Voyageur Canoe, and paddle to a bustling colony of grey seals.
At night, enjoy a celestial masterpiece in a Dark Sky Preserve.
Monument-Lefebvre National Historic Site - Memramcook, 105 km from Kouchibouguac
Standing as a proud symbol of contemporary Acadie, visit the Monument-Lefebvre`s sweeping exhibit “Reflections of a Journey – The Odyssey of the Acadian People,” to experience the culture through the ages with music and history.
Fort Beauséjour - Fort Cumberland - Aulac, 30 km from Memramcook
Then History buffs and culture lovers will enjoy touring the ruins of Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland National Historic Site. Learn compelling stories while exploring the historic fort where you can feel a connection to the soldiers and settlers who once called this place home. You’ll be swept away by the site’s panorama of land, sea, sky and story.
Grand-Pré National Historic Site - Grand Pré, 265 km from Aulac
Once the epicentre of Acadian culture and now the most significant memorial to their tragic upheaval, located in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uncover the tale of Le Grand Dérangement through engaging multimedia; don’t forget to bring your tissues! Admire the statue of Evangeline, heroine of an epic Longfellow poem. You will be amazed by the aboiteau, an Acadian marvel.
Port-Royal National Historic Site and Melanson Settlement National Historic Site - Port Royal, 125 km from Grand Pré
Step into a reconstructed early 17th century French colony and interact with the costumed interpreters. They will happily answer any questions you may have and point out fascinating facts about the resident explorers.
Then the road will take you to the Melanson Settlement for a stroll along the uplands of the Annapolis River to a pre-Deportation site (circa 1664) of an Acadian settlement. Through Interpretive panels, learn about the lives of this close-knit community of families and neighbours farming together on the dyke-land.
Fort Anne National Historic Site - Annapolis Royal, 10 km from Port Royal
Discover the birthplace of Acadian culture in Annapolis Royal at Fort Anne.
Tour the museum and grounds with a tablet and learn about Fort Anne's volatile past including the story of the first families of Acadia.
Enjoy the Candle light graveyard tour and hear the fascinating past of those buried there many of whom share their ancestry with present day Acadians. Maybe you as well?
Return to Edmunston, 490 km