Province/Territory: New Brunswick

Leave with a Song in Your Heart

  • 02 weeks long
  • 200 artists
  • 40,000-plus revellers

Canada’s Acadians are the descendants of the early French settlers of the Maritime provinces. Their culture and traditions still thrive, celebrated annually at Le Festival acadien de Caraquet—one of Canada’s largest annual celebrations of Acadian culture.

Fall under the spell of poets, singers, dancers, musicians and visual artists—many world-renowned. Make joyful noise by banging a drum, pot or tin can, or just clap your hands as you march down Saint-Pierre Boulevard, your voice rising among 25,000 Acadians. Feel your heart open wide as you revel with hundreds of performers as they bring the nation’s largest celebration of Acadian culture to the streets of Caraquet—along the rugged southern coast of New Brunswick’s scenic Chaleur Bay.

Why you should visit
  • View the flotilla parade through beautiful Caraquet Harbour.
  • Be moved by the tunes of Acadian musicians and songwriters during Le Gala de la chanson de Caraquet.
  • Take part in Tintamarre, a proud, boisterous, celebration of Acadia’s national day on the streets of Caraquet in August.
  • Let the lyrical poetry of Acadians enchant you during Le Festival acadien de poésie.
  • Celebrate en famille with children’s concerts, tall tales and just-for-kids special events.
  • Continue your exploration of Acadian culture at the Village Historique Acadien.

Weather

  • New Brunswick has a continental climate. In comparison to a maritime climate, a continental climate has an early spring and the autumn is shorter. There are large differences in temperature, from day to day and between the seasons. In the month of August, temperatures range between 18° to 30°C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
When to go
  • The festivities take place yearly in mid-August when the weather is warm into the evening.
Need to know
  • To ensure yourself of accommodations in Caraquet during the Festival, it is recommended that you book one or two months in advance.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Be prepared to sing and dance.
  • Hungry to try traditional Acadian foods? Visit the Village Historique Acadien to get a taste of chicken fricot, poutine râpée, pet de soeur, molasse cookies and salted cod dishes.
  • Get up to speed on the history of the Acadians and their way of life before your visit by reading Art du Tintamarre – Caraquet 1979-2009 by Louise-Andrée Blanchard or L’Acadie, Sur l’empremier et aujourd’hui – Acadia, Past and Present by Centre d’études acadiennes.
Getting Here
  • Approximately a 1 hour and 20 minute drive from Bathurst Airport in Bathurst, New Brunswick.
  • There is no local bus or shuttle service from the Bathurst Airport, therefore you will need to rent a car to get to Caraquet
  • View current highway conditions.