As you explore the region, be sure to visit its many attractions and points of interest:
The New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre
Discover the wide variety of fish and invertebrates that inhabit the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the lakes and rivers of Atlantic Canada. There are even some rare species on exhibit! Learn more about the history of the fishery and the dreams of riches that the region’s abundant fish stocks have solicited since the eleventh century. The New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre also houses aquaculture research facilities.
Old Portage Lighthouse
The lighthouse at the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre was built in 1906 on Portage Island at the mouth of the Miramichi River, 6.4 km from the coast of the Village of Burnt Church. The New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre acquired it in 1986 to exhibit on its premises. It was taken apart piece by piece, transported by boat to Burnt Church, and then rebuilt at the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre in Shippagan.
Upon its construction in 1906, the lighthouse was equipped with a kerosene lamp, which was used right up until the 1950s, when it was then replaced with a battery-powered electric lamp. Twelve and a half metres high, the structure has four floors, three of which are made of wood, and a cast iron cupola. The lighthouse was staffed until 1960, but with the advent of modern equipment, a keeper was no longer required. According to the archives, the first keeper was named Peter Morrisson, the second, in the 1930s, was Thomas LeBreton, and the third and last keeper was Venance Savoy. Although no longer used for navigation purposes, it is preserved as it was on Portage Island in 1906. Mr. Donald Boudreau, an expert in restoration work from the Acadian Historical Village, directed the project to transplant the lighthouse. (Source: www.peninsuleacadienne.ca)
Acadian Peninsula Eco Park
The Acadian Peninsula Eco Park features numerous representatives of the Acadian Peninsula’s flora and fauna. The species have been carefully arranged so you can observe these treasures in their natural environment.
In addition to these attractions, the Eco Park complex is equipped with a computerized nature interpretation centre and a souvenir shop.
The Miscou Island Lighthouse was first built in 1856 at the very north-eastern tip of the island. It is still active today with its original wooden octagonal tower. Around the lighthouse are sandy beaches and peat bogs, good for wildlife and bird watching.
Village historique acadien
A remarkably authentic historical site, the Village Historique Acadien strives to portray the lives of the Acadians between 1770 to 1949. Situated along Rivière-du-Nord, near Caraquet, the Village is staffed by bilingual interpreters in period costume, who bring ancestral customs and traditional trades back to life in original buildings. Presented in an atmosphere of warmth and joie de vivre. Each of them has a story to tell!
The Pope Museum in Grande-Anse recounts the history of Catholicism from its very beginnings. Take an unforgettable journey back in time as you marvel at the unique exhibits on display in this museum. Among others, you will find a reduced model of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, and numerous religious articles once belonging to prominent figures in the Acadian Catholic church.
Tracadie-Sheila Historical Museum
This museum presents an exhibit entitled “The Lazaretto, a Story of Compassion”, that allows you to experience something truly unique; the history of leprosy in New Brunswick over 125 years. Through the many articles on display, the museum bears extraordinary witness to events that marked the development of our region.
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