Province/Territory: New Brunswick

Experience French Canadian History

  • 17th century French settlers who made a new life in New Brunswick
  • 40 historic buildings brought to life by interpreters in period costumes
  • 35 years of sharing the Acadian culture

Step in to more than 400 years of French Canadian history on Canada’s east coast. History comes alive as you walk amongst the costumed interpreters whose ancestors fled persecution and deportation because of a decree of the British authorities in 1755 to confiscate their lands. Take your time exploring more than 40 historic buildings, each with its own story of clandestine life, courage and perseverance and pride at retaining a unique heritage. Spend a day in a community built on the foundation of mutual support and protection of its culture. Marvel at how a family survived the Canadian seasons in a 10X10 log home. Learn the songs and the dances that got them through. Sink your teeth into a molasses cake at an Acadian table. Watch your children do the same while chatting with schoolchildren dressed in period garb. Catch the Acadian spirit. Dance in the street with a stanger to a tune you'll remember forever.

Why you should visit
  • Explore an authentic recreation of history that recalls the life from 1770 to 1949 through more than 40 historic buildings inhabited by interpreters in period costumes each with a story to tell or craft to bring to life.
  • Sleep well in a fine on-site hotel that offers a glimpse through extensive preservation efforts of what life was like a century ago.
  • Learn the history of a displaced people, the first French settlers in North America, who couldn’t be kept away.
  • Watch your children put away the electronics and find fun and adventure on a farm.
  • Hear the pain of families torn apart. Learn of the fervor of the celebration, even today, when they get together.
  • Spend an evening being regaled with the stories and music that sustained a community for generations.
  • Leave with a better understanding of all that was sacrificed to ensure the survival of a people’s culture.

Weather

  • The weather in Caraquet varies with the seasons. Expect warmer temperatures between June and September and then a switch to milder temperatures through the fall months. By late October you may need a warm jacket to properly enjoy the outdoors.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Hours & Admission Prices: All tickets are valid for two days.
  • Open daily from the beginning of June through mid-September from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Reserved guided tours are available until the beginning of October.
  • Several restaurants on site along with a musical dinner theatre and hotel bar.
  • Gift shop, general store and vintage photography studio on site.
When to go
  • You’ll find the warmest weather in July and August which are also peak travel months.
  • Time your visit to include the Festival Acadien and you’ll double your pleasure.
  • Families with young children will want to take note of the dates of summer day camp to give the kids the full Acadian experience.
Need to know
  • A horse-drawn cart is available to help with people who may have ambulatory problems.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to spend the better part of the day or overnight to fully explore the property.
  • Domestic animals aren’t permitted at the park.
Getting Here