Ever since moving to New Brunswick, we consider ourselves full time tourists. We are so fortunate to see the tidal bore along the Riverfront Park many times a week in Riverview, Moncton and Dieppe. This is such a beautiful province in which we still have so much to see and do. This time we peeked into the Acadian Peninsula which is situated on the northeastern part of the province.
We spent 3 nights at the Super 8 in Caraquet. We had a room on the 3rd floor facing the ocean and the port of Caraquet. We were there with the cats and they absolutely loved the view! It almost had a resort feel to it with the mini golf, the playground, the bike / hiking trail, the museum, and the concert hall. The room was perfect for us with a mini fridge and a microwave.
The ride from Moncton took a little more than 3 hours. Checking in was a breeze and we were very happy with our room which was spotless and smelled nice. After getting the cats installed with their cat tree in the window and their blankets on the chairs and beds we went for a 60 minute bike ride on the trail. It was so awesome to just take the bike down from the car and basically ride from the parking lot to the trail. We almost reached Bertrand, the neighboring town and we could have gone further if we would have wanted to because at that point we were basically on a section of the NB Trail. Back at the room we had our home made prepared dinner while watching I-Robot on Spike.
Sunday June 10 was the opening of the 2012 season and was also the 35th anniversary of the Historical Acadian Village in Rivière-Nord. To celebrate this special occasion they had the famous Acadian music group 1755 to perform a concert as they too were celebrating their 35th: What a coincidence! We spent the whole day there and had lunch in the restaurant after having a vegetable soup sitting on the beggars’ bench at the Babineau house. We had our picture taken dressed up as settlers. We had such a good time. It reminded us of King’s Landing near Fredericton although King’s Landing is about Loyalists and Acadians and Loyalists were almost enemies. Thankfully we have long buried the war hatchet. Cost was 16.50 per person; for the 2012 opening our ticket was only valid for one day because of the concert but on a regular day it is valid for two consecutive days which is a very good deal.After being on our feet all day, all we wanted to do was relax in the room and watch a movie. The only thing playing on television was Disaster Zone, Volcano in New York; it wasn’t great but it was entertaining enough that we didn’t flick the channel.
On our second day, we squeezed 5 activities in about 6 hours. Our first stop was the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Center where we were visiting along a 3rd grade group of students. It was nice to see the many different species we would never be able to see otherwise unless scuba diving. Our favorite was the wolf fish. Cost was 7.50 per adult.
After the Aquarium visit, we rode the 2km boardwalk along the water with our bikes and it was quite pleasant. The Aquarium is in the town of Shippagan where next weekend they will be filming La petite seduction, a Radio-Canada television show where residents try to seduce a guest to return to visit. It will be awesome to watch when it airs and revisit Shippagan with guest actor Normand D’amour.
The next stop was on ïle Lamèque, at the Parc écologique de la peninsule acadienne. We had lunch on the picnic tables outside the center before going for a super generous guided tour of half of the trail. Roland, a bird specialist, gave us an introductory tour at the center and then we met with Eric whose passion for plants was contagious. He was able to answer all our questions and gladly showed us all the edible plants and berries. I was happy to learn that only one was poisonous. The arboretum in the middle of the forest contained some of the trees we have on our property like our favorite, the majestuous white pine that luckily and thankfully wasn’t cut. We bought a plant guide before heading out and were very happy with our visit. The cost was 7$ per person and well worth every penny.
At ïle Miscou, we walked on the Bog Trail boardwalk with interpretive panels and we got to the lighthouse just in time, 10 minutes before 6pm, closing time: that was so close! For 5$ each we were able to climb all the way to the top and take in the amazing view of the bogs and the ocean. I didn’t know that the peat moss we buy for our potting plants and gardening implied the destruction of bogs that took 4000 years for nature to create and that once they took it away nothing grew there anymore and they didn’t know what to do with the land afterwards… so much we don’t realize when we don’t know but now that we know we have to find alternatives for peat moss. I will never look at peat moss the same way again.On the trails I was able to test the new Clip-On mosquito repellent fan. I am not sure if it works in windy conditions but it was better than nothing and I didn’t get bitten so I guess it worked!
Back at the hotel we were so exhausted we stayed in and watched a new episode of Hell’s Kitchen: I didn’t even know there was a new one!?
We definitely want to go back to the Acadian Peninsula. I can’t wait to discover all the other parts of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P-E-I and Newfoundland! We love the Maritimes and love our new Maritimers life!