Par le 26 October 2017
East of the lower Saint-Lawrence River and Gaspésie, New-Brunswick is the primary site of Acadian life in Canada. The whole of the northern part of New-Brunswick closest to the Québec lines is largely of Acadian origin, as well as is most of the eastern Saint-Lawrence Gulf coastal regions. Whatever trajectory you chose when coming in from Québec, you’ll discover the Acadian regions of New-Brunswick either from the north or east. Whether using the TransCanada highway after crossing Témiscouata through the valley of Saint-Jean River into Moncton, or route 11 from Matapedia which allows a coastal drive, you will inevitably find yourself in Acadian land.
While they are close cousins, Acadians nevertheless have their own national identity and history which are distinct from Québec’s. The roots where stabilized through the autonomous colonial administration of Acadia, even during the French period. After being deported from the regions they occupied around de Fundy Bay in 1975, Acadians dispersed and took root in many areas around the Atlantic, from Louisiana to France, by way of Maine, Québec and the Canadian Maritime Provinces. But New-Brunswick is where they have developed and maintained their identity and culture, where they count for a third of all Acadians in the world. Their distinct national identity is represented by their tri-colored flag that can be seen everywhere in Canada’s Acadian regions, even more so during their national holiday on August 15, featuring their famous fanfare.