A visit to Le Pays de la Sagouine

From the lookout tower high above the island you can see the lighthouse and little Acadian village that is Le pays de la Sagouine.
From the lookout tower high above the island you can see the lighthouse and little Acadian village that is Le pays de la Sagouine.

Ever since coming to New Brunswick I have wanted to visit Le Pays de la Sagouine up in Bouctouche.

On our trips to the dunes of Bouctouche and the Irving Gardens we have driven past the colorful island and it always seemed like a fun place to visit.

DD had gone last summer with her mama and they really enjoyed it and so when we had another vacation all together I was very happy to finally be going!

What is Le Pays de la Sagouine?

The saguine.com website describes it best: “Located on a small island in the Town of Bouctouche, New Brunswick, Le Pays de la Sagouine is an eclectic reproduction of an Acadian village inspired by the town’s very own distinguished novelist, Antonine Maillet, and her most celebrated character, La Sagouine.

The living village comes alive each summer with theatre, music, comedy, and dance, allowing visitors to discover not only the tales of the Acadian heroine, La Sagouine, but also the unique Acadian culture of the region.”

The lighthouse om Flea Island at Le Pays de la Sagouine
The lighthouse om Flea Island at Le Pays de la Sagouine

It is a bit like a theme park but so down to earth, friendly and heart warming. Not like a stuffy museum but full of real flesh and blood spirits and mischief from the past. Traditional music fills the air and story tellers help bring the past to life in ways that speak to young and old alike.

Puppets in a wheelbarrow waiting to become a part of one of the theatrical presentations at Le Pays de la Sagouinne
Puppets in a wheelbarrow waiting to become a part of one of the theatrical presentations at Le Pays de la Sagouinne

The actual site is on an island surrounded by lush green shore grasses that blow like hair in the wind. The island is called l’Île-aux-Puces which I think means Flea Island but I think it is not named because there are fleas in the grasses but because the island is a tiny little thin in the bay. Boats drift buy and the view of Bouctouche from the island is great.

It is such a fun way to get introduced to Acadian folk, there is live musicians and theatrical presentations which are interactive and quite fun.

Strolling around the boardwalk, eating ice cream, wandering into period piece general stores and chatting with the characters really takes you to another time and place in history.

There is a brunch and lunch served at the main building with the gift shop. The buffet style lunch we had was yummy; some traditional Acadian dishes as well as hearty soups and an assortment of salads and main courses. There is an outside deck that has windows with many tables to sit at with a fantastic view of the boardwalk stretching over to the island.

Shore grass on Flea Island in Bouctouche, New Brunswick
Shore grass on Flea Island in Bouctouche, New Brunswick

It’s a great place to eat before heading over to see the actors and hear the music. It’s definitely a must see destination in Bouctouche. We’ve gone a few times now and every visit is different as there are different characters acting different skits.

We sometimes park down by the marina and ride our bikes as there is a nice bike trail through Bouctouche that rides out to the main building of Le Pays de la Sagouine. The trail winds through a nice forest as you approach the island and it skirts along the salt water bay making it a great way to approach the facility.

DD and Mama D visiting Le Pays de la Sagouinne
DD and Mama D with their new souvenir hats after visiting Le Pays de la Sagouinne

We really had a good time, and DD and Mama D got some souvenir hats, and I think it will be an annual tradition to go at least once every summer.

They have family seasonal passes available for the real fans and when I was there it seemed like there are a lot of them. The parking lot was quite full each time we went and they have many special events throughout the season to help celebrate the heritage of the Acadians.

Le Pays de la Sagouine is in Bouctouche, New Brunswick which is from 40 to 60 minutes outside of Moncton depending on the route you take. It’s lovely in that area so go slow and enjoy the sites!

Dates and hours of operation:
June 24th to September 2ndth (open 7 days a week)
From 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. (open until 7 pm. on shows evening)
Le Pays de la Sagouine Website: www.sagouine.com

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