Acadian Culture

Discover Acadian Joie de Vivre

The Acadians’ love for life is infectious – come for a visit and you’ll find yourself welcomed with open arms into the festivals, gatherings, and homes of L’Acadie.

From the Acadian Peninsula to the Acadia of the Southeast, a drive along the scenic routes of New Brunswick’s Acadian coast will immerse you in vibrant communities and a rich cultural scene. Museums, historic sites and living-history villages bring the Acadians’ remarkable 400-year-history to life, while restaurants and galleries provide a distinctively modern connection to the past.

The Acadian lifestyle has been shaped by the sea, and a blissful backdrop of coastal islands, lighthouses and seaside cottages provides an idyllic setting for a beach vacation enriched with culture.

To sample a different type of Acadian lifestyle, travel into the hearty woods and farming lands of northwestern New Brunswick. Here you’ll meet the Brayons, whose distinct language, cuisine and way of life can be experienced throughout the legendary Republic of Madawaska.

Immerse yourself in these communities and it won’t be long before you sense the pride and spirit of the Acadian people. We welcome you to share their story and experience their history.

Acadian Culture Trip Ideas for You

Discover the culture of a people whose way of life isn’t about the destination – it’s about the journey. Chat with a local artisan, crack into a juicy lobster and clap along to the sounds of the Tintamarre. Before long you’ll be one of us.

Acadians, Past & Present
Leave modern life behind and step into living history at Village Historique Acadien. If you happen to be in the area during the first two weeks of August, party with the locals at Festival acadien de Caraquet.

Characters & Canoes
Meet the characters of a magical storybook land at Le Pays de la Sagouine, then make way to Kouchibouguac National Park to explore coastal waterways the way the first settlers did: by voyageur canoe.

Historical Connection
Brush up on your Acadian history. Visit Monument-Lefebvre to follow the Acadian journey from deportation to present day, then stop by Fort Beauséjour and step back in time to an era when England and France fought for supremacy over the area.

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Séraphine & Zélica, the Acadian Chicaneuses

Stop by the house of Séraphine & Zélica, the Acadian Chicaneuses at Pays de la Sagouine in Bouctouche. Enter at your own risk, they don't always see eye to eye! (#ThatsMyNB)