Acadian Coastal Drive is a time capsule about Canada's reason for being.
The Acadian Coastal Drive along the east shoreline of southern New Brunswick stretches from Charlo on Chaleur Bay near Dalhousie in the north, to Point de Bute near Sackville in the south.
The Eastern Seaboard of New Brunswick is a land of lighthouses, fishing villages and vibrant Acadian history growing in the face of adversity since the early 1600's, when early French immigrants established innovative communities in this land they called Acadie.
The initial visit to Kouchibouguac National Park is documented in a separate post.
This tour on the Acadian Coastal Drive stops for a walking excursion on the long boardwalk at the well-developed Irving Eco-Centre, La Dune de Bouctouche. There is a cool breeze off the ocean that catches the attention.
Substantial damage was done along this coast by Hurricane Earl in September of 2010 to the dunes and coastal property previously protected by the dunes.
The boardwalks and the dunes provide a unique and wonderful place for a brisk walk. The attraction becomes very busy in summertime when quotas must be enforced to reduce crowding.
Further south on the coast we pass the world-famous and renowned Olivier Soap Factory and Museum in Sainte Anne-de-Kent. Six tours are given daily (Three in French and three in English).
Attendance offers the opportunity to make your own bar of soap to take away.
In Bonar Law territory there are multiple attractions dedicated to the British Statesman who played a huge role in New Brunswick's early development.
Later in this brief visit to New Brunswick, a stop at the small Acadian Museum in the French-speaking Universite de Moncton teaches about the British Expulsion of the French in the middle 1700s. The horrible event is a fascinating story of tragedy and triumph.
The poem titled 'Evangeline', written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1847 is a historic poem about Evangeline which chronicles the Acadian Expulsion and results in a heart-wrenching 1929 film depiction of the tragic event. In spite of the circumstances and hardship, the Acadian culture not only flourished but has also widely diversified and expanded.
The fascinating story chronicles the resilience of the human spirit and the historical journey through Moncton's tiny Acadian Museum becomes a very touching, emotional and educational experience.
Mélanie packs as much as possible into this amazing day before returning to Moncton for the inaugural fine dining experience at the Maison Tait House in Shediac east of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.