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On the Road in Maine and New Brunswick: Acadia to L’Acadie

Program Number: 21482RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/3/2014 - 9/13/2014;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Bar Harbor, Maine
Price starting at: $2,499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 27; 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners    

Take the road less traveled up New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast on this fascinating adventure, learning how two tales of colonialism collided in the struggle between the British and the Acadians of New France for control of a New World outpost. Discover rich Acadian heritage, visit pivotal sites and meet the hearty, time-tested people of this unique corner of Canada.




Highlights

• View St. Croix Island, where French settlement of North America began, and Fort Beauséjour near Moncton, which tells the story of France and Britain’s long war for supremacy over Acadia.
• Experience the joie de vivre of Acadian life through music at Le Pays De La Sagouine, and attend an Acadian kitchen party at a local home in Caraquet, which provides a glimpse into the culture of the Acadian family.
• In Fredericton, the provincial capital, join experts in the Historic Garrison District, Government House and other sites that illuminate the city’s British history.




Date Specific Information

9-3-2014

Our time in Fredericton coincides with the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton. A fabulous time to enjoy some great music and enjoy the city at its energetic best.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Bangor International Airport, coach to Bar Harbor, Maine, 2 nights; coach to Moncton, New Brunswick, 2 nights; coach to Caraquet, 3 nights; coach to Fredericton, 2 nights; coach to Bangor, Maine, 1 night; coach to Bangor Airport, departure.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Bar Harbor

When you think of the rocky Maine coast, you’re probably picturing something quite like Bar Harbor, the famed retreat on Mount Desert Island. The town shares the island with Acadia National Park, the first Eastern national park, created thanks in part to the donations of land and money by the Rockefellers and other elites who once “summered” there.



Accommodations
Bar Harbor: Inn with harbor view. Moncton: Comfortable hotel. Caraquet: Bayside motel. Fredericton: Four-star hotel in heart of city. Bangor: Comfortable hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Bluenose Inn
  Bar Harbor, ME 2 nights
   Rodd Moncton
  Moncton 2 nights
   Super 8 Caraquet
  Caraquet 3 nights
   Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, Crowne Plaza
  Fredericton 2 nights
   Holiday Inn Bangor
  Bangor 1 night
 Bluenose Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Bar Harbor Blue Nose Inn features breathtaking views of Frenchman Bay. Set atop a magnificent granite-terraced hillside and close to Acadia NP.
  Contact info: 90 Eden Street, (Rte 3)
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA
phone: 207-288-2665
web: www.barharborhotel.com
  Room amenities: Climate controlled rooms/ac , shower/tub combination, refrigerator, coffee/tea, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer iron/ironing board, in-rooms safe, clock radio, cable tv service, flat panel tv, private bathroom, telephone, wake up calls.
  Facility amenities: 97 rooms located in our two buildings on property, we will be located in the The Stenna Nordica building with 45 rooms on three floors and elevator (approx 5 steps to entry) . Restaurant on site- Looking Glass, the Great Room includes a bar, piano and sitting area, heated indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub,steam room, spa & complete fitness center and wi-fi throughout the property, business center, self-serve laundry with fee. The sister property next door has a town provided complimentary shuttle to main area of Bar Harbor town it is a short walk to the shuttle pick-up, which is located on a hill. Full breakfast in a private dinning room for program participants
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varied by date Pre-night at group rate based on availability
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Rodd Moncton
Type: Hotel
  Description: Rodd Moncton is a newly renovated hotel located in the heart of Downtown Moncton. The hotel overlooks the famous Tidal Bore and sidelines Tidal Bore Park. The hotel is a across the roadway to Champlain Place Mall
  Contact info: 434 Main Street
Moncton, NB E1C1B9 Canada
phone: 506-382-1664
web: www.roddmoncton.com
  Room amenities: Rooms are spacious and modern and are climate controlled/ac , shower/tub combination, refrigerator, coffee/tea, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer iron/ironing board, clock radio, cable tv service, flat panel tv, private bathroom, telephone, wake up calls.
  Facility amenities: 97 guest rooms Outdoor Heated Pool & Patio, Free Wireless High Speed Internet, plus a business ctr with one computer. Full continental breakfast in the Park Bench Breakfast Room - full continental breakfast 7-10 am (no other dining venues are on site).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Super 8 Caraquet
Type: Motel
  Description: Caraquet Super 8 Motel overlooking Chaleur Bay allows the guests to rise every morning to a beautiful sunrise. This motel is within walking distance of Carrefour de la mer shops and the marina.
  Contact info: 9 Du Carrefour Ave
Caraquet, NB E1W1B6 Canada
phone: 506-727-0888
web: www.super8caraquet.com
  Room amenities: Climate controlled rooms/ac , shower/tub combination, refrigerator, microwave, 24 hour coffee/tea, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, clock radio, cable tv service, flat panel tv, private bathroom, telephone, wake up calls.
  Facility amenities: 3 floors, indoor pool, hot tub and 80-foot waterslide. Complimentary Wi-Fi, a smoke free facility, self service laundry service (fee). There is no restaurant on site but within 10 mins there are two, and a grocery store. Meals will be catered in for Road Scholar.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, Crowne Plaza
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Crowne Plaza - Lord Beaverbrook hotel is located in the heart of downtown Fredericton. Situated on the banks of the majestic Saint John River, within walking distance of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Fredericton's unique shopping & entertainment district. This location also allows an opportunity to explore more than 85 km of walking trails throughout downtown Fredericton.
  Contact info: 659 Queen Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 5A6 Canada
phone: 506-455-3371
web: www.cpfredericton.com
  Room amenities: Climate controlled rooms/ac , shower/tub combination, coffee/tea, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, clock radio, cable tv service, flat panel tv, private bathroom, telephone, wake up calls, newspaper upon request
  Facility amenities: a heated saltwater pool, hot tub and steam room, fitness center, business center, complimentary wifi, atm, safety deposit boxes at front desk, four restaurants on-site and room service, 168 guests rooms all non-smoking.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Holiday Inn Bangor
Type: Hotel
  Description: Holiday Inn, is one of Eastern Maine’s comfortable leisure hotel’s, this centrally located property is only 2 miles to Bangor International Airport and has a beautiful courtyard on the interior of the hotel which provides a place to relax after a day of sightseeing.
  Contact info: 404 Odlin Road
Bangor, ME 04401 USA
phone: 207-947-0101
web: www.holidayinn.com/bangorme
  Room amenities: Climate controlled rooms/ac , shower/tub combination, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, clock radio, cable tv service, flat panel tv, private bathroom, telephone, wake up calls, microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker ( tea provided), newspaper,
  Facility amenities: 3 floors, 208 non-smoking rooms, lounge and restaurant on site and complimentary access to a full-fitness center Gold Gym next door. Complimentary parking for anyone who drives their car to start the tour, complimentary wifi, business center, Complimentary airport shuttle The elevator is located a short walk from the main entrance of hotel. The entrance that groups use when dropped off by bus is located near the elevator. Limited number of rooms are available on ground floor
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Varied by Date Group Rate based on availability
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00pm You will be staying at Bluenose Inn that night.
  End of Program:
12:00pm You will be staying at Holiday Inn Bangor the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking will be free onsite for the duration of the tour. Please indicate on your PIF that you will need to be picked up from the Bangor Holiday Inn (the last hotel on this tour) to transfer to Bar Harbor.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Bar Harbor, ME
  From End of Program
  Location:  Bangor
Travel Details
 

Bangor Airport

 

 
 

Service:

 


Road Scholar Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

   

Please schedule your flights to arrive into Bangor Airport by no later than 3 pm. Bangor Airport is a limited service facility. Designated arrival transfers are scheduled twice during the arrival day. One will occur at mid-day for morning arrivals and the other will occur at 4pm. These transfer times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your preparatory materials.

 

Holiday Inn Bangor

 

 
 

Service:

 


Road Scholar Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

   

If you will be driving, parking for the duration of the program is available free of charge at the Holiday Inn Bangor. If requested in advance and indicated on your PIF the airport transfer will stop at the Holiday Inn Bangor to pick you up.

 
Driving Directions
  Coming from South on Interstate 95 Exit 182B, coming off ramp, get in Left lane at traffic light, turn left. Hotel on left beside Dunkin Donuts. Holiday Inn 404 Odlin Road, Bangor ME 04401
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Orientation/Welcome Dinner
(Wednesday, September 3)

Note: 1.5 hour transfer to Bar Harbor



   
 Afternoon: Please schedule your flights to arrive into Bangor Airport by no later than 3 pm. Bangor Airport is a limited service facility. Designated arrival transfers are scheduled twice during the arrival day. One will occur at mid-day for morning arrivals and the other will occur at 4pm. These transfer times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your preparatory materials. Transfer to Bar Harbor is 1.5 hours If you will be driving, parking for the duration of the program is available free of charge at the Holiday Inn Bangor. If requested in advance and indicated on your PIF the airport transfer will stop at the Holiday Inn Bangor to pick you up
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner at hotel in a private room
 Evening: Orientation
   
Accommodations: Bluenose Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Exploring Bar Harbor and Acadian National Park
(Thursday, September 4)

Note: Throughout the tour there will be up to 2-hour of moderate walking/standing including various paved and un-paved paths. Must be able to get on and off a motor coach.



   
 Breakfast: at hotel
 Morning: Full-day motor coach exploration of Acadia National Park's stunning juncture of sea-scoured shores, towering cliffs, and forested mountains. Among the most significant sites are Cadillac Mountain - highest point in the park, Thunder Hole inlet with its roaring waves, and the Sieur De Monts Springs area recalling the era of French colonial exploration.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in Acadia National at a local restaurant that is known for their renowned hot popovers.
 Afternoon: Continue exploration this afternoon of Mount Desert Islands - Bar Harbor by walking the village green, viewing the spectacular summer estates built for America’s most powerful families and wandering in the galleries of some of Maine's most unique artists.
 Dinner: Enjoy a Maine Lobster dinner at hotel
   
Accommodations: Bluenose Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: St. Croix Island International Historic Site/ Cross into Canada
(Friday, September 5)

Note: We will have a long travel day today and will have a late arrival into Moncton tonight. There will be frequent stops throughout the day including the visit to St Croix (which will include a walk over non-paved path), meal breaks and crossing the border. The distance traveling today is 334 miles. The time will also move ahead one hour to Atlantic time when we cross the border. Please have your passport packed in a carry on for easy access at the border.



   
 Breakfast: at hotel
 Morning: Depart for Moncton, New Brunswick
 Lunch: at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue onto St. Croix Island International Historic Site. This is the location of the first French settlement in North America in 1604. This will include a short walk on their statue telling experience that leads out to the water's edge and a view of St. Croix Island (the island is not open to the public). Then continue onto St. Andrews by-the-Sea, where for over a century it has been attracting those of wealth and influence. Today St. Andrews has blossomed into a seaside resort town combining the best of New England and the Maritimes.
 Dinner: enjoy a plated dinner on the shores of St. Andrews Harbor
 Evening: Depart for Moncton
   
Accommodations: Rodd Moncton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Fort Beauséjour National Historic Site/Museé Acadien de l’Université de Moncton
(Saturday, September 6)

Note: moderate walking/standing on unpaved, hilly terrain



   
 Breakfast: at hotel, deluxe continental breakfast with hot and cold selections
 Morning: Morning visit to Fort Beauséjour National Historic Site. This is a star shaped fort built in 1751, and tells the story of the tug of war for supremacy for Acadia between Britain & France.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Marshlands Inn. The Marshlands Inn is a “New Brunswick Country Inn” and one of Canada's best known country inns. This pre-confederation home, operating as an inn for over 60 years, has been the stopping place for many of Canada's notables and visiting celebrities. Even the Queen of England has stayed at Marshlands.
 Afternoon: Afternoon visit to the Museé Acadien de l’Université de Moncton. The permanent exhibition "The Acadian Adventure" of the Musée Acadien de l’Université de Moncton is a dynamic and innovative presentation of the history of Acadie in Atlantic Canada, as well as the history of its material culture. The Workshop's focus is the Musical Side! A cultural evolution of the French who settled in Acadie and their adaptation to their environment, and the way in which their proximity to the sea and the forest influenced their songs and music. We will also discuss how the classical colleges have influenced the development of Acadian music, as well as the presence of music in various cultural, religious and popular events until today.
 Dinner: at hotel, in a private room
 Evening: This evening at dinner, learn more about the area's history from a local expert.
   
Accommodations: Rodd Moncton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Town of Bouctouche/Le Pays de la Sagouine/Free Evening
(Sunday, September 7)

Note: walking and standing up to 1 mile on paved paths. There is a motorized cart that can assist with some of the distance. Distance traveling today is 165 miles.



   
 Breakfast: at hotel, deluxe continental breakfast with hot and cold selections
 Morning: Depart for town of Bouctouche. Created from the imagination of internationally-renowned Acadian novelist, playwright and author Antonine Maillet, Le Pays is the island where Acadians celebrate. The focus here will be on music. Included will be a private presentation with some 'toe-tapping' plus a tasting of Bagosse, Acadian moonshine.
 Lunch: of a traditional Acadian dish at Le Pays de la Sagouine
 Afternoon: Depart for the town of Caraquet on a short coastal drive out of Bouctouche. In the late afternoon, arrive in Caraquet on the Chaleur Bay, a peaceful town & the epitome of Acadian celebration, pride, hospitality, simplicity, open-mindedness, desire, strength, sensitivity and Acadian flavour.
 Dinner: Buffet at the hotel
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: Super 8 Caraquet
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Village Historique Acadien/ Sainte-Anne-du-Bocage-Shrine/ Acadian Kitchen party
(Monday, September 8)

Note: walking and standing up to 1.5 miles on un-paved path but flat surface.



   
 Breakfast: buffet with a variety of choices at hotel
 Morning: Exploration at Village Historique Acadien, Provincial Heritage Place- an authentic historical site, showing the lives of Acadians of the 18th, 19th & 20th Centuries. On arrival, the village historian will meet with us to give a talk about the daily life of the Acadians then we will continue into the village to explore a variety of the houses that highlights this culture including farming of flax seed, creation of dikes, and the wood carving skills to create items to be used in the home
 Lunch: Lunch within the Village Historic Acadian
 Afternoon: Visit to Sainte-Anne-du-Bocage-Shrine, a pilgrimage site and historic monument dedicated to the memory of the first Acadians who settled in the Caraquet area after the Deportation. Listen to a resident who will speak about the five families who were first settlers.
 Dinner: Experience an exclusively arranged "Home Visit" dinner with local Acadian Peninsula families. All meals will be a modern take on Acadian food with a home cooked twist.
   
Accommodations: Super 8 Caraquet
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Miscou Island Lighthouse/ Lamèque Island/ Sainte-Cécile church in Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île
(Tuesday, September 9)

Note: Walk up to top of lighthouse is approx 80 steps



   
 Breakfast: buffet with a variety of choices at hotel
 Morning: A local expert of the Acadian Peninsula will join us today in the nature and culture-based exploration of neighboring coastal communities of Miscou Island and Lameque Island.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Terrasse à Steve. This eatery is located on the water and just a great hidden gem. Chat with new friends around family style seating next to the marina where lobster is delivered right off the boat. Here you will experience how the Acadian's serve Lobster
 Afternoon: Visit Sainte-Cécile church in Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île, Lamèque Island, home of The Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival whereby the greatest baroque music performers from all over the world are pleased to present their music in July of every year. But there is another reason to visit…as the church is an attraction in and of itself. Built in 1913, it was repainted in 1968 by the parish priest in a multicoloured motif. Its wooden structure offers perfect acoustics for the music, and with its coloured interior, it makes a dramatic impression on daily visitors and music audiences alike.
 Dinner: We will be closing the evening on the Acadian Peninsula with Dinner at Chateau Albert and entertainment from local Acadian musicians.
   
Accommodations: Super 8 Caraquet
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Beaubears Island Interpretative Centre/ Miramichi River/ Fredericton, Free Evening
(Wednesday, September 10)

Note: moderate walking of up to 1/2 mile on unpaved terrain. The distance traveling today is 193 miles.



   
 Breakfast: buffet with a variety of choices at hotel
 Morning: Depart for Fredericton with stop at Beaubears Island Interpretative Centre. This National Historic Site tells the story of Charles Deschamps de Boishébert who led the Acadians to Beaubears Island and Wilson's Point, where they took refuge after the deportation of 1755. It is also the only known extensive, undisturbed archaeological site, which still exists today, associated with the 19th century wooden shipbuilding industry in New Brunswick and perhaps Canada. Take a short boat ride to the island for interpretive experience.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch overlooking the Miramichi River, known for its world-class salmon fishing.
 Afternoon: Arrive to Fredericton in the late afternoon. Capital of New Brunswick, this town is an important cultural, artistic and educational centre for the province. It is home to two universities and multiple cultural and performing arts venues. The Saint John River flows west to east as it bisects the city and provides the dominant natural feature.
 Dinner: on your own in Fredericton, group leader will provide a list of recommended places within 10 minutes walking distance from our centrally located hotel.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, Crowne Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Historic Garrison District/ Government House/ Christ Church Cathedral/ Free Afternoon
(Thursday, September 11)

Note: moderate walking of one mile.



   
 Breakfast: buffet at the hotel includes hot and cold items, fresh fruit, breakfast breads, and beverages (coffee, tea, water).
 Morning: A historically costumed guide will transport us to the past, offering dramatic anecdotes, stories, songs and poems from the various periods of our history. The highly-skilled guide will mix this unique flavor with traditional commentary featuring architecture, social history and interesting trivia. The exploration will include some walking or bus transport in the downtown neighborhood, Legislative Assembly Building, Government House, Christ Church Cathedral and the University Campus.
 Lunch: on own in Fredericton
 Afternoon: Afternoon leisure time in downtown Fredericton to explore museums, local shops, riverside trails, City Hall Tapestries, Beaverbrook Art Gallery - all within close proximity to hotel and walking distance
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner in a private room at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, Crowne Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Discussion with local historian/Fredericton Region Museum/ Travel to Bangor
(Friday, September 12)

Note: The time will move back one hour to Eastern time when we cross the border into the US. Please have your passport packed in a carry on for easy access at the border. The distance traveling today is 145 miles



   
 Breakfast: buffet at the hotel includes hot and cold items, fresh fruit, breakfast breads, and beverages (coffee, tea, water).
 Morning: Meet for a discussion with local Historian and Author in hotel. After a brief talk, walk to the Fredericton Region Museum for viewing of shows.The Fredericton Region Museum is a gateway into the exciting history and diverse heritage of central New Brunswick. Because central New Brunswick is the provincial capital, and it has served as a meeting place for Aboriginals, Loyalists, Acadian, and other European settlers, the Fredericton Region Museum is wonderful place to explore.
 Lunch: walk to a popular 'locals' restaurant and enjoy lunch before we depart for the US
 Afternoon: Depart for Bangor, ME
 Dinner: Arrive in Bangor and dinner will be at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Bangor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Farewell/ Hotel Checkout
(Saturday, September 13)

Note: Transfer to the airport will be by hotel shuttle and the Group Leader will coordinate departure times. Airport is approximately 5 miles/ 10 minutes from hotel



   
 Breakfast: at hotel
 Morning: Farewell and check out of hotel
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


La Sagouine


Author: Antonine Maillet


Description: The premise is deceptively simple: a dirt-poor charwoman and former prostitute leans on her mop and tells her life story. But what a story! As she reminisces and rants, telling stories about herself, her friends and neighbours, the priest and his church, and every other aspect of life in her village, she is actually telling the story of Acadie.



Great and Noble Scheme, “The Expulsion of the French Acadians


Author: John Mack Faragher


Heroes of the Acadian Resistance, The Story of Joseph (Beausoleil) Broussard & Pierre Surette 1715-1755


Author: Diane Marshall


Acadian Traditions on Candlemas Day


Author: George Arsenault


Description: special date in February for Acadians



Champlain’s Dream


Author: David Hackett Fischer


Lost and Found in Acadie


Author: Clive Doucet


Hope Restored, The American Revolution & the Founding of New Brunswick


Author: Robert Dallison


Description: Few Canadians realize how close the colony of Nova Scotia came to joining the American Revolutionary War in 1775. Many Nova Scotians were immigrants from New England, including the Planters who, some twenty years earlier, had taken over the farms of the expelled Acadians. Between family ties and unrestrained privateering, there was much sympathy in Nova Scotia for the American Patriots. In Hope Restored, Robert Dallison tells the story of how the British raised two regiments and sent their members to the area that, as a result, became New Brunswick, thus overcoming the groundswell and fending off Patriot attacks. These soldiers had two jobs: to fight the Americans, and to settle the land as a bulwark against invasion. Spem reduxit (hope restored) became their motto and the motto of the province they founded.



Building Capital: A Guide to Fredericton's Historic Landmarks


Author: John Leroux & Peter Pacey,


Description: From the earliest and simplest of Loyalist vernacular dwellings to the most flamboyant Victorian mansions, this walking tour guide portrays the sweep of Fredericton's architecture as a direct connection to the social and economic conditions of the past, and how that past has fashioned this exceptional city.



Fiddling in New Brunswick, The History and its People


Author: Gary Copeland


The Beaverbrook Art Gallery Collection


Author: Ian G. Lumsden, Curtis Joseph Collins, Laurie Glenn


Lord Beaverbrook (Extraordinary Canadians)


Author: David Adams Richards


Imaginary Line: Life on an Unfinished Border


Author: Jacques Poitras


A Neighbourly War: New Brunswick and the War of 1812


Author: Robert Dallison


Description: A little-known chapter in the struggle between British North America and the United States... With Great Britain and France engaged in a life-and-death struggle, it seemed like a perfect time for the United States to declare war on Britain. Fearing the possibility of invasion, the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly and the generally citizenry — fearing for their life, families, and property — took every possible measure to prepare for war.



Of Earthly Things, An Anglers Memoir


Author: Wayne Curtis


The Bay of Love & Sorrows


Author: David Richard Adams


Description: One of the most well known NB (Miramichi) fiction writers



A Taste of Acadie-cookbook


Author: Marielle Cormier-Boudreau & Melvin Gallant


Description: an excellent Acadian cookbook, english version



Pélagie: The Return to Acadie


Author: Antonine Maillet


Description: In 1979, the legendary Acadian novelist Antonine Maillet won France's most coveted literary award, the Prix Goncourt, for the original version of this novel, Pélagie-la-Charette. This funny, lyrical account of a daring Acadian widow's journey home from exile is the Mother Courage of Acadian literature. At thirty-five, Pélagie is a survivor of the Great Disruption of 1755, when British soldiers deported Acadians who had farmed along the Bay of Fundy for generations. Splitting up families, the soldiers tossed men, women, and children pell-mell into ships and dispatched them to ports all along the eastern seaboard of the US and to Louisiana. When it was heard years later that the British would tolerate their return to Acadie, thousands loaded possessions and children onto handcarts and set out on foot. After fifteen years of working as a slave in the cotton fields of Georgia, Pélagie, too, has had enough. Drawn home as if by a magnet, inspired by her love of her family and of Beausoleil, a heroic sea captain, and determined to outrace the "Wagon of Death," Pélagie sets off to take her people on a 3,000-mile trek back to their homeland. Her single cart, pulled by six oxen, soon attracts scattered Cormiers and LeBlancs, Landrys and Poiriers, Maillets and Légers. Together, this caravan of colourful Acadians undertakes a ten-year journey up the Atlantic coast to their childhood homes.





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