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Monday, June 11, 2012

New Brunswick Week—Driving the Acadian Coast

Stretching 110 miles from Shediac to Caraquet, the northeastern coast of New Brunswick boasts the warmest waters north of Virginia, the sand dunes of Kouchibouguac National Park, lonely lighthouses on Miscou Island, and the largest lobster processing facility on the continent. Yet, the real reason folks go out of their way to venture to the Acadian Coast is to experience the French Canadian culture. Stop at any of the small towns and you’ll notice a distinctive joie de vivre, with foot-stomping fiddle music, down-home French cooking accentuating the local seafood catch, and festivals that celebrate the Acadians’ 400-year-old history in the Atlantic Maritimes. One step inside the local boulangerie or patisserie and you’ll realize that this part of New Brunswick is just as French as Quebec, the reason why New Brunswick is the only province in Canada that is officially bilingual. This week, I’ll be driving the Acadian Coast, on assignment for The Boston Globe. I plan to go lobstering, biking, sea kayaking, and more. I’ll fill you in on all the details, so you’ll know exactly what to do on your next trip to the Atlantic Maritimes! 

Posted by Steve Jermanok on 06/11/12 at 09:00 AM
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Hi Steve, Definitely stop in for cafe au lait and a crossant at Grain de Folies in Caraquet - you'll think you were in Paris. And the Village Historique Acadien is a must! Bon voyage. Meredith

Picture of Meredith Pillon Comment by Meredith Pillon
on 06/11/12 at 06:06 PM

hey Head that picture is my great grandfathers house where my dad was born.... Small world Steve

Picture of Steve Baldwin Comment by Steve Baldwin
on 06/13/12 at 11:55 PM

If you would like to go lobster fishing with my family let me know Steve

Picture of Steve Baldwin Comment by Steve Baldwin
on 06/13/12 at 11:59 PM

Your great grandfather's house is quite picturesque, Steve! Thanks for the lobster fishing offer. I'll take you up on it next time I'm in New Brunswick! Having a great trip, but jam packed.

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 06/14/12 at 07:58 AM

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