Sandy beaches, the vibrant joie de vivre of Acadian culture, freshly caught seafood, and windswept islands are all waiting for you on the northeastern coast of New Brunswick, home of the Acadian Peninsula. Whether you’re looking to unfurl your towel on the sand for some deep relaxation, want some cultural immersion, or are all about delicious dishes paired with a craft drink or two - it’s all waiting for you here.
Max out your summer fun at these Acadian Peninsula must-see and must-do spots...
For outdoor adventure…
· For the outdoor lover, the Ecological Park of the Acadian Peninsula in Lamèque has a magnificent trail that can be explored solo or with a guide.
· Mountain bikers will enjoy the rush of the 10 km (6 mi.) of trails built according to the International Mountain Bicycling Association of Canada standards offered by the Club Plein air de Caraquet.
· With Canada’s warmest salt water, Kouchibouguac National Park offers camping adventures, cycling trails, long stretches of sand dunes, and at night, you’ll see the Milky Way like you’ve never seen it before.
For some quality R&R…
· Is there anything more relaxing than a long walk on the beach? Feel your cares wash away with each passing wave.
· Take to the greens at Golf de Pokemouche. This 18-hole, semi-wooded golf course is located along the Pokemouche River in the heart of the Acadian Peninsula.
· The walking trail next to Carrefour de la mer offers some of the best views of the sea and is a great spot for a relaxing stroll.
For fun festivals…
· Ever enjoyed a 5-course meal with 200 other guests in the middle of the street? No? Then check out the Big Community Table in Paquetville! August 23.
· Make some noise at the Grand Tintamarre during the Acadian Festival in Caraquet. There’s no party like it! August 15.
· Like good beer, good food, and good fun? Then the Acadians’ Oktoberfest in Bertrand is for you. August 29-September 2.
· Enjoy some tastings at the Grande-Anse Spirits and Cocktail Festival. July 27-29.
For something delish...
· Start your day with a yummy brunch at the Château d’Acadie in Tracadie.
· Enjoy a free tasting of the award-winning spirits at Distillerie Fils du Roy in Petit-Paquetville.
· Keep your toes in the sand as you enjoy a seafood feast at La Terrasse à Steve.
· Treat yourself to a refreshing break in one of the Peninsula’s dairy bars, including the crèmerie Annie-Pier in Caraquet, the crèmerie Les Gâteries in Paquetville or the Sheila Dairy Bar in Tracadie.
· End the day with a drink on the terrace of La Brokerie, located on the site of Carrefour de la mer in Caraquet.
For family fun…
· Follow a magical forest path where more than 225 wood carvings are waiting.
· Discover the hidden treasures and tales of Lamèque and Miscou islands as you head out on a family treasure hunt.
· Make a splash and cool off in the Chalet de la Plage’s water park in Bas-Caraquet, then go dry off on the beach, which is just a few steps away.
For a bit of quirkiness…
· Discover the “candy church” of Lamèque Island (Sainte-Cécile Church of Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île); its pastel-coloured interior is both whimsical and enchanting.
· Kick up some water when you rent a Sea-Doo from Expérience Eau while staying at Camping Pokemouche.
· Experience a real powwow at the Burnt Church (Esgenoôpetitj) First Nation.
· Find out how your favourite cheeses are made when you visit the Fromagerie Les Blancs d’Arcadie.
For the best Instagram pics…
· Nothing beats an Acadian Peninsula sunset...
· A stunning seaport filled with boats will bring a bit of Maritime flare to your feed.
For places to stay...
Whatever your vacation style, there’s a place to stay to match. Enjoy the historical charm of the Le Poirier B&B, a full-service hotel like Hôtel Deux Rivières, or stay in the great outdoors at Camping plage Val-Comeau. Find your perfect accommodation here.