In the heart of Acadia

Location: Kouchibouguac National Park, Boishébert, Beaubears Island Shipbuilding, Monument-Lefebvre, Grand-Pré, Port-Royal, Melanson Settlement, Fort Anne, Fort Beauséjour—Fort Cumberland National Historic Sites
Distance: 1 535 km roundtrip from Edmundston, NB

Dive into Acadian history! Immerse yourself in their culture and charming traditions on this 7-day itinerary on Canada’s East Coast in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Enjoy the splash of the sea, panoramic landscapes, and a sky full of stars. This is a trip you won’t want to miss!

A young girl shows her drawing of an Acadian flag.

Day 1

Location: Caraquet and the East coast, NB
Distance: 320 km from Edmundston, NB

Explore the stunning Acadian Peninsula and spend the night in Caraquet. Turn on the radio and jam to the music of these proud people. Restaurants, museums and festivals await: there’s plenty to discover!

A woman in period costume in front of the Grand Derangement monument.

Day 2

Location: Boishébert and Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Sites, Miramichi, NB
Distance: 125 km from Caraquet, NB

Meet characters dressed in historic costumes. Immerse yourself in the spirited retellings of the Acadian deportation.

Recommended accommodation: Equipped camping, Kouchibouguac, 55 km from Miramichi

A family gazes at the stars in Kouchibouguac.

Day 3

Location: Kouchibouguac National Park, NB
Distance: 55 km from Miramichi, NB

Take a scenic stroll along Kellys Beach Boardwalk, the park’s most popular trail. Wander through salt-marshes and lagoons that are full of life, and enjoy the warm coastal waters of the beach.

Accompanied by a guide, explore the home of dozens of marine species such as hermit crabs, mussels and oysters. Next, set out on a marine adventure with the voyageur canoe and paddle to a colony of grey seals!

At night, enjoy this Dark-Sky Preserve’s celestial masterpiece.

Recommended accommodation: Equipped camping, Kouchibouguac

Parents watch their kids play in a large grass field.

Day 4

Location: Monument-Lefebvre National Historic Site, Memramcook, NB
Distance: 105 km from Kouchibouguac, NB

Visit Monument-Lefebvre’s exhibit “Reflections of a Journey – The Odyssey of the Acadian People,” a proud symbol of modern Acadian culture that will take you on a journey through music and history.

Location: Fort Beauséjour—Fort Cumberland National Historic Site, Aulac, NB
Distance: 30 km from Memramcook, NB

Passionate about history and culture? You’ll love touring the ruins of Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland. Learn of tall tales 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 stories this place holds – and by its panoramic views of the land, sea and sky.

Recommended accommodation: Historic stay, Fort Beauséjour—Fort Cumberland

The Statue of Evangeline with Memorial Church in the background.

Day 5

Location: Grand-Pré National Historic Site, Grand Pré, NS
Distance: 265 km from Aulac, NB

Discover the inspiring landscape of Grand-Pré, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Uncover the tale of Le Grand Dérangement through an engaging multimedia show. Admire the statue of Evangeline, the heroine of an epic Longfellow poem, and be amazed by the aboiteau, an Acadian marvel.

An indigenous woman in traditional Mi’kmaw clothing sits with a hand drum outside the Habitation at Port-Royal.

Day 6

Location: Port-Royal and Melanson Settlement National Historic Sites, Port Royal, NS
Distance: 125 km from Grand Pré, NS

Explore a replica of Port-Royal’s Habitation, one of the first attempts of European settlement in North America on the traditional homeland of the Mi’kmaq. With the help of costumed interpreters, relive the history in this rebuilt early 17th century French colony.

Next, visit Melanson Settlement, an Acadian settlement founded circa 1664. Go for a stroll along the Annapolis River and learn about life in this community of families and neighbors who worked together to cultivate the dry marsh lands.

A young couple holding lanterns stands with a costumed guide at Garrison Cemetery.

Day 7

Location: Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal, NS
Distance: 10 km from Port Royal, NS

Learn about Fort Anne's tumultuous history, as well as tales of the first families to settle in Acadia.

Tour the cemetery by candlelight and learn about the stories of those buried there. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover an ancestor!

Distance: Return to Edmunston, NB, 485 km

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