Our towns, villages, regional municipality and DSL
City of Tracadie
Located in the heart of the Acadian Peninsula, the city of Tracadie is surrounded by two rivers, bordering the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This location allows, of course, a multitude of nautical activities, but also nature hikes thanks to the city’s walking and cycling trails. The beach is also easily accessible from Val-Comeau Provincial Park.
Dynamic, energetic, and welcoming, Tracadie also has everything to entertain you: a cinema, several restaurants, and a festive life during the summer with the Aqua Fête and the activities surrounding the August 15 celebration. A must visit is the Historical Museum of Tracadie, retracing the past of the old leper colony in the city of Tracadie.
Every summer, the city center comes alive for the Tracadie Rush, a festival combining all the arts in Acadian joie de vivre and crowned by fireworks.
Located on the edge of Baie-des-Chaleurs, the town of Caraquet is a vibrant example of the vitality of Acadian culture. In fact, there are many cultural and artistic activities throughout the year, including the Festival of Visual Arts in the Atlantic, the FestiVin, the Song Gala, the Blues Festival, the Acadian Poetry Festival of Caraquet as well as the popular Acadian Festival, which brings together thousands of people every year and culminates in a big, colorful noise during the Acadian National Day, August 15.
To make a jump in the past, just go to the unmissable Village historique acadien, where there are buildings dating from 1770 to 1950, all animated by interpreters demonstrating the daily life of Acadians after the deportation. Caraquet also brings together many restaurants for all tastes, allowing you to discover the different flavors of our region.
Shippagan is the charm of a city shaped by the sea. Moreover, this city proudly bears the title of “Commercial Fishing Capital of New Brunswick”. You will discover the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Center where awaits you a rich collection of fish and invertebrates that inhabit the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the lakes and rivers of Atlantic Canada. For over 50 years, in order to highlight the importance of fishing in Shippagan, the New Brunswick Fisheries and Aquaculture Festival began its activities on the second Saturday in July.
In Shippagan, throughout the year, several cultural activities take place through “La Maison de la culture” as well as shows and exhibitions of works by local artists held from July 15 to August 15 in “La P’tite Église,” formerly known as United Church.
In winter, the Ice Carnival invites you to fully enjoy the pleasures of the cold season (snow sculptures, ice sculptures, “le glacier” bar, outdoor music, inflatable structures, sleigh rides, fireworks, observation rally, boot hockey tournament, washer tournament, volleyball tournament, etc.). The outdoor Arpents de neige inc. Center, located in the magical site of Camping Shippagan, offers a range of outdoor activities to entertain young and old (cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, walking, Santa Claus village, slides for children).
During the summer, outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the enchanting site of Camping Shippagan and will be dazzled by the magnificent landscape surrounding the bike path and the shore path along the sea. At all times, the hospitality and Acadian warmth of Shippagan charms its visitors.
The largest of the Acadian Peninsula, Lamèque Island is located between the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Chaleur Bay. Located on the island of Lamèque, the Acadian Peninsula Ecological Park welcomes you in its natural tourist attraction that presents the wonderful biodiversity of flora and fauna of the Acadian Peninsula. The Eco-park is designed to make you discover these riches in their natural environment. In addition to our trail, we have a computerized nature interpretation center where you can learn and explore the five main ecosystems of the Acadian Peninsula. In addition, we offer an enchanting landscape full of nuances, from beaches to forests to peat bogs, the island is home to the picturesque town of Lamèque. The latter lives to the rhythm of the fishing and peat industries, but also to classical music during the International Baroque Music Festival taking place every year in July.
If the territory contains relatively few cities, there are several welcoming villages and communities waiting for your visit!
Get off the beaten track and come to meet the villages of the four main regions of the Acadian Peninsula:
Acadian Islands Road Region
This region surrounds the town of Caraquet. Here, the coastal villages of Grande-Anse, Maisonnette and Bas-Caraquet all offer you beautiful beaches as well as several activities not to be missed, including many festivals. In addition, the village of Grande-Anse is home to the Pope’s Museum, retracing the history of Catholicism. Nearby, the village of Saint-Léolin is animated by a community festival in summer and a carnival in winter. The village of Paquetville is closer to the forests and is therefore a beautiful place to taste maple products. For golf lovers, the Pokemouche golf club offers an 18-hole course in a remarkable landscape.
The Acadian Islands route takes you to visit cozy little corners cradled by the sea. In addition to Shippagan and Lamèque, the main cities of the region, you will discover the villages of Le Goulet and Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël as well as the Miscou Island. With their many beaches, wetlands, and peat bogs, these are privileged places for nature observation and nautical activities.
Kitesurfing is also booming in the region, with the Wind & Surf Club which has recently acquired a land nicknamed the “Swimming pool” and considered to be the best site to practice this sport in the country. In addition, an unmissable visit of the region is that of the Miscou lighthouse, overlooking an always splendid nature.
The city of Tracadie-Sheila is the urban center of this region, also shared between the sea and the land. On the one hand, the coastal communities such as Val-Comeau and Rivière-du-Portage and on the other, those of the land and forests such as Sainte-Rose, Pont-Landry, and the village of Saint-Isidore. The latter organizes an annual western festival, a regional agricultural exhibition, as well as a 10 km race. St-Isidore is also home to a superb historic church and a museum on the agricultural and forestry history of the region. We meet friendly people everywhere, ready to share the story of their corner of the country with you.
The southern gateway to the Acadian Peninsula, Neguac demonstrates Acadian joie de vivre. The village offers visitors two festivals, including the Provincial Festival of Giant Pumpkins. Nearby you will find Ile-aux-Foins Provincial Park and its beaches to explore, as well as the Tabusintac Regional Golf Club.