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North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Caraquet October 16th 2012

Geo: 47.7911, -64.9523The rain didn't stop pouring all day on Peter's birthday. It was a long seven hour drive to the wilds of New Brunswick at Caraquet, but at least we stayed dry. When we compained about the cold wind and steely cloud in Quebec we were told that 5 degrees is nothing. It gets down to Minus 60 celsius in Winter and is often - 30 degrees, and somebody said 'at least its not raining' which it then proceeded to do for the next 2 days. So we're getting good impression of how short the summer is here and winter is setting in. We should therfore be more grateful I suppose for the gulf stream which keeps England much milder on a similar latitide. Looking forward to going South from now on. The hotel does ... read more
they have to tie the lighthouse down
The boardwalk to the beach
Nice to have the beach to yourself

North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Caraquet August 31st 2012

We camped for 4 nights in Black Point which was a camp ground right on the bay. We had hot temperatures but a beautiful brezze off the water most of this time was just relaxing and I met a wonderful Acadien lady who camped at this spot seasonally (meaning all spring and summer). She gave us 8 mackeral they had gone out and caught alot, we cooked them and I discovered I do not like mackeral. However, she also gave us a feed of clams which were great Caraquet, camp grounds were huge but 80 per cent is taken up with seasonal RV's, still there was lots of room for us. Actually we have not had any trouble getting into campgrounds with just 1 or 2 days notice. I suspect the price of fuel is the ... read more
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acadien fencing

North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Caraquet August 10th 2012

We wanted to time our visit to Caraquet to coincide with the Festival Acadien de Caraquet. It is their 50thyear for having the festival. Even though we don’t understand French enough to comprehend the lyrics to songs, we hoped to still enjoy the experience. We did stop at the local visitor’s center and asked for some guidance. They were helpful in showing us some free events and one that had some reggae English music. The other thing we wanted to do while in Caraquet was to tour the Village Historique Acadien. This year they are celebrating their 35th anniversary. The Village is huge! Fortunately the admission is good for 2 days. We toured about 2/3 on the first day and then the remainder on the second day with time for revisiting some of the buildings from ... read more
Information sign at The Village
1852 Mazerolle Farm
1840 Blackhall House

North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Caraquet June 25th 2011

Caraquet to Mirimichi, NB It was raining as we woke up this morning so that made leaving the cottage easier. We drove from there to Shippigan. They have a great little Aquarium in Shippigan so we visited that. The boys really liked the mock up of the inside of a boat wheel house. It was really cold and windy, but the touch pool was outside so we braved the weather to visit that and the seals. In the touch pool they had a blue lobster. At the last Aquarium they had told us that the blue lobsters (and other non black lobsters) are created from a pigment defect, and there are only about 1 in every 3 million lobsters, making them very rare. This guy was a beautiful shade of blue. They also had a spotted ... read more
Pretending to be ship captains at the Aquarium and marine Center in Shippigan
Claude Explaining the crab traps
Checking out the lobster traps (old fashioned style)

North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Caraquet June 24th 2011

For our last day at the cottage, we spent the day at the Acadian Village. It was a nice sunny day, although the wind was chilly, so it was a great day for exploring a historic park. This is a huge historic park that displays the way of life of the Acadian people (maritime French Canadians), from about 1775 through to the mid 1900’s. All the costumed interpreters are going about their typical day as you go through and they explain to you what they are doing. It was much like the Ukranian Village near Edmonton. It was really well done. Paul enjoyed going into each of the houses and other buildings to see what they were doing. Marc liked feeding the animals. At the oldest house, the fellow actually let the boys come into the ... read more
Gathering eggs at the Acadian
Boys with the eggs they collected
Firing up the stone bread oven

North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Caraquet June 23rd 2011

June 22 - 23 We left Bonaventure in the morning and basically drove through to Caraquet, New Brunswick today. It was our biggest day of driving. Caraquet is the centre for the Acadian region of New Brunswick. We had booked a cottage on the beach in Bas Caraquet, and boy did we luck out. For $125 a night it was a fabulous place to stay. We wished we could stay longer. Our beautiful little 2 bedroom cabin was very new and very nice. It faced right onto the huge playground and splash park, surround by grass, and then in front of that was the sandy beach and the ocean. We really lucked out too because we had sunshine from the evening we arrived until our last night there. We arrived at supper time and had picked ... read more
Lobster feast at our cottage
Playground in front of cottage in Bas Caraquet
View of the splash park from the cottage deck




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