A warm welcome in l’Acadie.
Acadians are descendants of French settlers who arrived in New Brunswick during the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, they’re most easily identified (aside from their unique French accents) by their love of life. This is a joyful culture that celebrates its fierce pride all over the province. Visit, and you’ll find yourself welcomed with open arms into the festivals, gatherings, and homes of l’Acadie.
From the North Shore to the Acadian Peninsula and the Acadia of the Southeast, the Acadian lifestyle has been shaped by the sea. All along this route, you’re invited to enjoy a beach vacation enriched with culture and vibrant communities. Museums, historic sites, and living-history villages bring the Acadians’ remarkable 400-year history to life, while restaurants and galleries provide a distinctively modern connection to the past. Feel the pulse of contemporary Acadie in Moncton and Dieppe, the vibrant urban hub of today’s francophone community.
The Village historique acadien brings to life the ancestral customs and traditional trades of Acadians from 1770 to 1949. Help with farm chores, take an Acadian cooking class, or explore more than 55 historic buildings to learn from costumed interpreters.
You can also experience Acadian culture through live music, stories and food at Le Pays de la Sagouine, where entertaining performance art is based on the characters of La Sagouine, a world-acclaimed play by New Brunswick Acadian author, Antonine Maillet.
Standing as a proud symbol of contemporary Acadie's renaissance, Memramcook’s Monument-Lefebvre National Historic Site features a sweeping exhibit on the odyssey of the Acadian people and a concert hall renowned for its exceptional acoustics, with year-round programming.
To sample a different flavour of Acadian lifestyle, travel into the hearty woods and farming lands of northwestern New Brunswick. Here, you’ll meet the Brayons, whose distinct accent, cuisine and way of life can be experienced throughout the legendary Republic of Madawaska.
If you're here on August 15, be sure to participate in National Acadian Day festivities – especially the tintamarre where the culture, colour, and joyful spirit of Acadie is celebrated most loudly!