2019 Itinerary of Trajet Acadie-Québec

August 25 - September 7, 2019

Legend :  breakfast,  lunch,  supper

  • Arrival

    Moncton, New Brunswick - Welcome and registration at the Crowne Plaza Hotel

    Welcome to Acadia! A meet and greet and registration will be held in the evening for participants. Shuttle service between the airport and the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Main Street, Moncton will be provided.

  • Day 1

    Welcome, Acadian Museum, Aberdeen Cultural Centre, evening celebration of culture and the arts

    After breakfast, you head off to the Acadian Museum at the Université de Moncton for a word of welcome followed by a guided tour of the museum and interpretation of artworks inspired by Acadia. Then, enjoy some fresh air on a guided walking tour including historical interpretation at Moncton’s Riverfront Park before heading off to Aberdeen Cultural Centre to lunch at Les Brumes du Coude, one of the top restaurants in the region. During your meal, chef and owner Michel Savoie will talk about the culinary culture in Acadia. Next, you’re off for a tour of the art galleries at Aberdeen Cultural Centre followed by an entertaining chat with a specialist in Acadian language. The day ends with supper and a lively cultural evening at Resurgo Place.   

  • Day 2

    Visit to Le Pays de la Sagouine, activities at Adorable Chocolat and Shediac Bay Cruises

    After breakfast, you’re off to the Bouctouche area and Le Pays de la Sagouine, a uniquely Acadian experience, where you’ll step into the world of famous author Antonine Maillet. Following lunch, you’ll continue down the coast to Shediac, where you’ll first make a stop at Rotary Park to visit the World’s Largest Lobster and explore the souvenir shops. Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted by an afternoon visit to artisan chocolatier Adorable Chocolat, where you’ll make your own chocolates and sample some tasty local products. Next on the list is a visit to Pointe-du-Chêne Wharf and some time spent exploring the area before heading out onto the water for a lobster feast served up by Shediac Bay Cruises.   

  • Day 3

    Travel to Prince Edward Island, tour of two national historic sites accompanied by an Acadian historian

    After breakfast, you’ll hit the road for Prince Edward Island. Arriving on the Island, a stop at Gateway Village is a must to admire the awe-inspiring Confederation Bridge linking Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Dive into the region’s fascinating past guided by an Acadian historian waiting there to meet you. Next, stop at Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site marking the location of the first European colony on Île Saint-Jean (today Prince Edward Island), founded by the French in 1720. You’re then off to Charlottetown, provincial capital and the birthplace of Canada, where one of the key conferences leading up to the founding of the Canadian Confederation took place. There, you’ll visit Confederation Centre of the Arts, Government House and Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean. In the evening, you will have ample time to explore the city centre at your leisure and have supper at a place of your choosing.  

  • Day 4

    Visit and activities in P.E.I.’s Évangéline Region, traditional “kitchen party” in the evening

    After breakfast, you leave for Rustico, one of the first Acadian communities founded in "Nouvelle Acadie" following the signing of the Treaty of Paris of 1763. There, you’ll visit the Farmers’ Bank of Rustico Museum—a national monument of architectural importance to Prince Edward Island and symbol of the Acadians’ survival— and Doucet House as well as St. Augustine Church, the Island’s oldest Catholic church. Next, you’ll head to Miscouche to visit the Musée acadien of Prince Edward Island. After a savoury meal of traditional Acadian dishes, it’s off to the Évangéline Region to explore its traditional music, local crafts, the Bottle House and other unique local offerings. This evening, you’ll dig into a seafood feast to fuel up for the old-time Acadian kitchen party that follows!   

  • Day 5

    Return to New Brunswick, activities at Kouchibouguac National Park and travel to Caraquet

    After a final breakfast in Prince Edward Island, you’ll return to New Brunswick and travel to Kouchibouguac National Park. Discover a national park on New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast where lush mixed-wood forests lead to colourful salt marshes and warm ocean beaches along the Northumberland Strait. An outreach presenter from the Mi’kmaq First Nations will be on-site to teach you about the Aboriginal culture whose roots on this land go back many centuries. After lunch, a guide will take you fishing in the park’s lagoons, home to numerous marine species, and then to Kelly’s Beach, with its natural wealth and unique features. Then it’s back on the road, this time to the Acadian Peninsula, making your first stop at the capital of Acadian culture, Caraquet. Enjoy some free time this evening to explore the area, including the Carrefour de la Mer, the fishing wharf, the shops of the “quai des artistes” and this charming town’s dining options.  

  • Day 6

    Village historique acadien in Caraquet and transfer to Edmundston

    You’ll start your day with a breakfast presentation on Acadian accents at the bakery and coffee shop Grains de folie followed by a visit to the Village historique acadien, a cultural gem recreating the lives of the Acadian ancestors between 1770 and 1949 and today renowned for the authenticity of its historical re-enactments and heart-warming hospitality. After lunch, you’ll head to Edmundston, where you’ll celebrate the end of the first leg of your adventure (the Acadian portion) by savouring a meal featuring traditional dishes from the region.   

  • Day 7

    Travel to the Saguenay region of Québec, visit to l’Anse-de-Tabatière, traditional feast and evening of poetry

    After breakfast, you start out on the second leg of your trip: Québec. Your adventure starts in the Saguenay, where you’ll explore one of the region’s most scenic sites, l’Anse-de-Tabatière, and learn about the unique history of the "king of l’Anse." A traditional feast awaits for supper, and you’ll end the day with an evening of poetry at the Café du Quai.   

  • Day 8

    Whale watching, visit to a former trading post and the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre, and tasting of local beers

    Following breakfast, you’ll hop aboard a zodiac boat to head out onto the river looking for whales. The delightful village of Tadoussac provides the backdrop for the noon-hour meal, and then you’ll visit a former trading post and take part in an activity showcasing the First Nations culture. Your time in Tadoussac ends with a visit to the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre. This evening, it’s back to l’Anse-Saint-Jean and the Bistro de l’Anse for supper and a tasting featuring beers from the region.   

  • Day 9

    Sea kayak outing or hiking at Rivière-Éternité, wild mushroom picking and boreal-themed supper

    On your third day in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region, you’ll head off to Rivière-Éternité, where you can choose between exploring the area by sea kayak or nature walk. After lunch, it’s back on the road in the direction of Saint-Félix-d’Otis, an ecovillage where you’ll learn about the environmentally friendly way of life for which this community is known. A second unforgettable stop awaits in the form of an experiential ecosafari, where you’ll have an opportunity to go picking wild mushrooms that you’ll feast on this evening when they’re incorporated into a boreal-themed supper.   

  • Day 10

    Visit to Musée du Fjord and an Innu village; food tasting and overnight stay in a traditional Aboriginal abode

    After breakfast, you’ll tour the must-see Musée du Fjord to take part in an activity to learn more about the magnificent Saguenay Fjord. After lunch, you’ll go to the Innu village of Mashteuiatsh, where you’ll learn about the lives of the First Nations people. You’ll end the day immersing yourself in the Aboriginal world through a tasting of traditional dishes and an overnight stay in a "shaputuan" tent.   

  • Day 11

    Visit to the Chocolaterie des Pères Trappistes, choice of activities at the beach, and sunset walk at Cap-au-Leste

    After a continental breakfast, you’re off to Dolbeau-Mistassini for a tour of the Chocolaterie des Pères Trappistes, where you’ll learn more about their history and craft and, of course, sample some of their world-famous chocolate-covered blueberries. This afternoon will offer something for everyone when you head for the beaches of Lac Saint-Jean and the countless activities available there, including hiking, biking, freshwater bathing, or even simply curling up on the beach with a book. On the return bus trip to the Saguenay, you’ll learn some local expressions, and then the day comes to a close at magnificent Cap-au-Leste on the Saguenay’s north shore.   

  • Day 12

    Sightseeing in the Fjord, visit to La Vieille Ferme, activities at Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux and supper featuring boreal flavours

    A full day awaits featuring a short sightseeing walk along the Fjord in the morning followed by a visit to La Vieille Ferme, a rustic agrotourism attraction where you’ll be immersed in the lives of shepherds. A traditional picnic will be served on-site, after which you’ll head off to Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux where you can choose from a host of activities. You’ll end the day with a delicious boreal-themed supper at Hôtel Chicoutimi.   

  • Day 13

    Cultural activity in Chicoutimi, return to Québec City and departure

    Following a hearty breakfast, a last cultural activity awaits in Chicoutimi before leaving for Québec City, where your adventure comes to an end.