Located 30 km (19 mi.) from Bouctouche, 15 km (9 mi.) from Shediac and close to the sea, the Musée des pionniers complex in Grande-Digue is positioned close to a 200-year-old church and resembles a miniature village. It includes a replica of a chapel from 1788, a school from 1890 featuring original blackboards, a barn from 1890 used to shelter horses during church service, and a lighthouse from 1912. A square-timbered house from 1842 is used as an Acadian architecture interpretation centre and visitor information centre.
The pioneers survived thanks to their ingenuity, their faith in God and family, and most of all their hard work. The museum features artifacts used by these early settlers to provide visitors with a glimpse into the everyday lives of these hardworking people and promotes passing that knowledge on to the next generation.
We are pleased to offer a variety of organized theme days sponsored by la Société historique de Grande-Digue. Join us for rug hooking, wool carding, soap making, iron forging, farm machinery (field day), and an August 15th celebration. The Société also provides access old newspapers, textbooks and local publications (Brins d'histoire).
The museum opens a window into the history of a dynamic community. Today you will find a variety of accommodations, food services featuring Acadian cuisine, stores, beaches and a thriving marina.