Par le 25 October 2017
With its 80 000 inhabitants, 85% of which are Acadian, the county of Gloucester, which cuts across the eastern part of Baie des Chaleurs and the greater Bathurst city region as well as the Acadian peninsula, is the seat of Acadian life in New Brunswick. Outside of Bathurst, which has a slight majority of French-speaking people, the other cities and towns are as francophone as any region in Québec. With its 12 000 inhabitants, Bathurst is the main city in the north-eastern part of New Brunswick. Formerly a highly industrial city, its economy has turned toward services, and the de-industrialization has unquestionably contributed in reviving the beauty of its harbour surrounded by the Youghall provincial park and its lovely beach. Downtown, the Waterfront promenade is a lively place lined with boutiques, craft workshops, restaurants and a waterfront art gallery. A few steps away, fans of chocolate and candy should definitely visit the Confiserie Andréa to sample delicious sweets from the region. In Bathurst, the inn l’Étoile du Havre is a nice gay-friendly establishment. The hosts will greet you in their house which they have transformed into a double concept of hotel and boutique. Also, they will gladly invite you for a visit of the Youghall Beach provincial park nearby, where you will discover this lovely beach in the heart of Bathurst Bay. Just outside Bathurst, in Beresford, Danny’s Hotel has been a true institution in the region for the past 70 years. From its modest beginnings, Danny’s grew to become a 5000 square feet event centre, a renowned restaurant with magnificent gardens, and has very comfortable rooms. Revamped in 2016, the establishment has now been transformed into a boutique hotel with suites, in-ground pool and bar, and a shuttle to and from Youghall Beach. West of Bathurst, the Petit-Rocher village has hosted for many years now a gay camping event during Labour Day weekend, and consequently has a very gay-friendly reputation. Stop and visit the Bistro culturel Cœur d’Artishow, enjoy sushi and maybe stay a day or two at the Auberge d’Anjou a few steps away. In Pointe-Verte, the Toutes Saisons inn is one New Brunswick’s first gay-friendly lodging establishments. The hosts, the Thibodeaus, have created this ocean-side inn where the guests are priority number one. Here, you go to sleep when you’re tired, wake up when you want to and eat when you’re hungry. The hosts also offer massage therapy to complement a very relaxing stay.