Three Vibrant Cultures
Three vibrant cultures give this region a rich and unique cultural mix. Mi’kmaq, Acadians and the English demonstrate their proud heritage at numerous festivals, celebrations and other events.
TJIPOGTOTJG – The Bouctouche Mi’kmaq First Nation
This small Band of Mi’kmaq has taken its future into their own hands and is attempting to build a secure resource base for the future of its children. Following the path of its ancestors it still uses the resources of Mother Earth to provide a livelihood, as in the fisheries and forestry industry.
This community is a prime example of the melding of the three cultures of Kent County. Though this is a Mi’kmaq Reserve, through inter marriage, many of the residents of the community are of Acadian, English, and other ancestries and their beautiful children can claim more than one rich heritage.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this small tranquil reserve nestled on the banks of the Bouctouche River.
August 15th (Fête nationale de l’Acadie)
This annual festival, a national holiday in Acadia, is a feast for the eyes and ears. The people of Bouctouche come out in full force for the traditional tintamarre, a noisy parade complete with painted faces and Acadian flags everywhere.
The festivities start at the Farmers’ Market, where the mayor raises the flag while the Acadian national anthem is performed. Then the procession makes its way down Irving Boulevard and Acadie Street until it reaches Le Pays de la Sagouine some 45 minutes later. Hundreds join the parade along the way and by the time the crowd reaches the bridge to Ile-aux-Puces, it’s 4,500 strong!
And the celebration is just beginning at Le Pays, where you’re cordially invited to join the fun, complete with music, children’s games, face painting and good old Acadian cuisine.