Points of Interest: Acadian Peninsula

The Acadian Peninsula: The Host Region

The Acadian Peninsula, located in northern New Brunswick, is an area privileged with arts and culture, attractions and hospitality.

Photo contest
Acadian Peninsula residents are encouraged to photograph your area. The World Acadian Congress, in collaboration with photographer Yvon Cormier, invite you to participate in its digital photo contest. The goal: develop virtual and physical displays of photos representing the beauty of the Peninsula. The best photos will be posted on the World Acadian Congress’ website. Some will even be published in the WAC’s final program! Details to come. Get ready!

An area known for its large events…
The Acadian Peninsula is an area privileged with arts and culture, attractions and hospitality. Throughout the year, but especially during the summer, all kinds of festivals and events take place pretty much everywhere in the area. For example: the Festival acadien de Caraquet, Lameque International Baroque Music Festival, Festival des arts visuels en Atlantique, Festival des pêches et de l’aquaculture de Shippagan, Festival Moisson d’art and the Ruée de Tracadie-Sheila, FestiVin, the Festival provincial de la tourbe de Lamèque, Salon du livre de la Péninsule acadienne, Festival acadien de poésie and a number of other festivals that take place in practically every village in the area, such as the Festival marin de Bas-Caraquet, Homard Moto Weekend, Fête des vents de Shippagan-les Îles, Festival country western and Exposition agricole de Saint-Isidore, Festival du blé d’inde de Saint-Léolin, oysters from Maisonnette, clams from Miscou, Rendez-vous de Neguac… not to mention the Ode à l’Acadie show presented during the summer on the Peninsula, plays, Bot’à chansons de Donat Lacroix, concerts, dinner theatres, amateur nights, shows in various art galleries and public areas, etc.

… its variety of attractions and activities for all tastes!

The Peninsula is also a place where tourist attractions enjoy an enviable reputation… whether they be the Village Historique Acadien located near Caraquet, Musée des Papes in Grande-Anse, New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre in Shippagan, Lamèque Eco-Parc, the Cajun, a paddle boat in Tracadie-Sheila, the Miscou Island lighthouse, the Éco-musée de l’huître in Caraquet or the Musée historique de Tracadie, among others, the places to visit are numerous and impressive!

Along its many kilometres of coastline can be found beautiful beaches, warm waters, deep-sea diving, windsurfing, the best sites in the country for kitesurf, boat and kayak excursions, fishing expeditions, whale watching… or walk on the wharf and chat with a fisherman to hear his stories!

And there’s more… breathtaking sunsets, bird watching, tours of peat bogs, hikes, bicycle trails, golf courses…

Not to mention the large amount of fresh seafood served throughout the summer season! There are many good restaurants throughout the area.
Community Programming
Lamèque / Shippagan / Miscou Area

Miscou Harbour
Wilson’s Point
Miscou Plains
Miscou Centre
Congress opening ceremony / Heritage and tourist circuit / Fishing equipment demonstration / History of Russian plane crash / Collectables display / Visits to cemeteries with headstones dating back to the 1700s / Visit to the Miscou lighthouse built in 1856 / Peat bog tours / Observation of arrivals and departures of ships / Seafood tasting

Activities at port

Treasure hunt / Country-style dinner / Activities surrounding the International Baroque Music Festival at Sainte-Cécile Church

Treasure hunt / Kite festival

Various activities / Activities at campground

Fireworks / Phantom ship / Opening day / Celebration in the village

Acadian islands food village / Art work / Heritage and tourist circuit / Pilgrimage to Sanctuaire Dina-Bélanger / Mass in Latin with the Chorale Sormany / Peat festival, Tam Tam Day, activities for people aged 15 to 35 / Chorale Sormany choir / Dinner theatre with Les Voix de la Mer / Visit to the Maison à Dosithé à Joseph à Jean-Chrysostôme Chiasson / Concert featuring classic 1960s music / Activities at the port

Coteau Road
Guided tours of peat bogs

Pigeon Hill
Bazaar / Capstan contest / Lobster supper / Illuminated ships parade / Dance / Memorial Day / Activities at the port

Hikes on the capes and coastal areas / Exhibit

Special mass / Brunch featuring music / Dance / Family Day / Giant bingo / Exhibit on historical trades / Historical photo exhibit on the life of the village / Activities at the port


Chiasson Office
Kite festival / Tours of coastal areas / Tours of cranberry bogs

Savoy Landing
Activities at the port / Galerie d’art Huguette Plourde

Congress opening day show / Activities related to the theme “Tracking our Ancestors” in various interpretive sites / The return of Coqueron, a place for music and celebration / Tree planting by families / Seafood suppers / Photo exhibits / Boat tours / Theatre / Live art / Soccer tournament



Baie de Petit-Pokemouche

Le Goulet
Supper / Sand castle contest

Community Programming
Greater Caraquet Area

Village Blanchard
Radio-controlled airplanes / Horse riding / Outside dances

Tours of the Réjean Hébert property, winner of national landscaping awards / Captain Saint-Simon activities / History of the Saint-Simon oyster / Tours of the largest wooden church in New Brunswick / Exhibit of the works of Herménégilde Chiasson / Clam pie supper / Bazaar

Peat and cranberry bog tours / Clam and quahog fishing / Seafood dinner / Interpretive centre for seine smelt fishing / Smelt supper

Tours of a schooner under construction / Interpretive centre for naval production / Marine museum (artifacts, photos) / Demonstrations of Ovatek capsule / Guided tours of crab fishing boat / Bird observation centre with Ducks Unlimited / Guided tours of marshes that are the only habitat in the world of a unique butterfly / Exhibits of insects, birds, plants, etc. / Activities at weather station / Activities at Park Gabriel-Giraud (first French presence in New Brunswick in 1731)

Heritage and community discovery tours (cemeteries, museums, wharfs) / Tintamarre and August 15th show, Acadian national holiday / Activities at the Vieux-Couvent

Exhibit of paintings by Acadian artists / Beer museum / Exhibits of postcards, miniature houses and dolls / Bird watching

ATV trail excursions / Film on ATV winter trails / Activities at former train station and at the community centre / Horse riding / Various games / Country activities / Corn festival

Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption procession / Art exhibit / Breakfast at the Chapiteau (wharf) / Show


Village des Poirier
Art exhibits/ Plays / Duck watching / Film on winter fishing using nigogs / Oyster feast

Richard Landry photo exhibit / Fish tasting / Deep-sea diving / Portrait of Vincent Thériault, inventor of the lifesaving capsule Esperanto (Ovatek) and exhibit / Boat trips with fishermen
Community Programming
Central Peninsula Area

“The House Under the Trees” (presentation on the woodworking trade) / Canoe trips down the river / Exhibit on photos of mills, train station, hotel and other industries in the region at the beginning of the 20th century

Rang St-Georges
Bas et Haut Rang St-Georges
Trudel / Saint-Amateur
Haut Paquetville
Petit Paquetville
Presentations on the value of the maple grove and blueberry industries / Square dancing / Hall of Fame (Edith Pinet, Edith Butler, Jean-Yves Thériault, etc.) / Midnight mass / Brunch at the maple grove

Tour of a century-old maple grove



Guided tours of a blueberry farm

Interpretive centre for shad net fishing / Portrait of Albert Boucher, Canadian sawing champion (1950-1990) / Sawing contest

Landry Office

Space 2009 / Bazaar / Donald McGraw art gallery

Interpretive centre for eel fishing and night eel fishing / Eel supper / Square dancing

Inkerman / Inkerman Ferry
Gregorian mass / History of founding families / Local talent / Picnic

Four Roads

Six Roads

Tours of sod field / Evening square dancing

“Come plant your roots”: Plant a tree (future park) / Artists gallery / Dinner theatre / Guided tours / Open houses

Losier Settlement

Hooked rug exhibit / Hikes along river / Guided tour of a tidal lock

Petit Gaspareau


Exhibit of historic photos and paintings

Interpretive centre and activities / Homecoming for former Bois-Blanc residents

Presentation on strawberry farming and tours / Portrait of Ovila Rioux / Line fishing exhibit

Tilley Road
Tours of orchards and large high-tech blueberry plant / Guided tours: strawberry farming / Roland Mallet painting exhibit

Sylviculture (past and present)

Mechoui / Horseshoes, washers and snake tournaments / Grand bazaar / Workshops on
fabrication of snowshoes, Christmas trees, maple products, traps, fishing, hunting, wood industry, furs / Tours of hunting and fishing sites / Local foods including rabbit, partridge, bear, deer, moose, trout, salmon
Community Programming
Tracadie-Sheila and Neguac Area

Gauvreau / Petit-Tracadie
Trout fishing / Hiking

Museum – permanent exhibit / Tours of the Académie Ste-Famille / Cruises / Story time / Various exhibits / Theatre / Conferences / History of the lazaretto / Cinema


Sculpture exhibit / Public celebration / Dance

Canton des Basques

Saint-Irénée / Alderwood
Exhibit of the works of Raynald Basque

Bazaar / Exhibit of historic photos / Square dancing / Workshop on fabrication of buoys for lobster traps or nets / Axe handle fabrication / Exhibit of historic items and quilts

Production of flies for trout and salmon fishing / Window portraits



Country-style day on military camp site / ATV tour with interpreter / Live art / Canoe trips

Interpretive centre for village of Charnacy (village expropriated for the construction of the military camp)

Rowboat trips / History of the development of the Lien des Deux Rivières


Santa Claus Village / Interpretive centre for lobster traps / Exhibit of old boat / Exhibit on first settlers

Tracadie Beach

Sailboat races / Rowboat races / Horse rides / Musician competitions


Interpretive centre for eel and lobster fishing / Fishing boat

Tabusintac / Covedell / Comeau Settlement
Canoe, swimming and bicycle races / Seal observation boat tours / Quilts

Tour of Otto Robichaud House / Tours of l’Île aux foins and boat rides / Oyster eating / Show

Fairisle / Chemin des Caissie
Workshop on Christmas wreaths / Film production / Exhibit of historic photos

Stymiest Road
Art work / Guided tours / Blueberry picking

Robichaud Settlement

Chemin des Breau

Saint-Wilfred / Lavilette
Quilt stained glass window exhibits

Religious history of the Soeurs Salésiennes / Museum of miniature objects from logging camps


Burnt Church
218 J.D. Gauthier Blvd., Suite 128
Shippagan, New Brunswick
E8S 1P6 Canada

Telephone: (506) 336-2009 or 1-866-370-2009
Fax: (506) 336-2002

E-mail: [email protected]