Caraquet is primarily a lobster fishing village and seaport on the Baie des Chaleurs, a warm bay which separates New Brunswick from Québec's Gaspé region. Tourists tend to arrive in number from Québec in July and early August, with crowds peaking during the August 15 Acadian "fête nationale". After the festival, the crowds leave and life in this tiny francophone corner of New Brunswick peacefully returns to normal.
Caraquet is home to the province's only French-language daily newspaper, the independent Acadie Nouvelle.
From Bathurst (New Brunswick), follow NB route 11 by motorcar.
- Taxi Gionet, 49 Allée Grande, ☎ .
- Musée Acadien de Caraquet, 15, boul. St-Pierre Est, ☎ , fax: . June-Sep: 10AM-6PM, Jul-Aug: 10AM-8PM (Sundays 1-6PM).
- 1 Village Historique Acadien, 5, rue du Pont, Bertrand NB, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: . Early June-mid Sept: daily 10AM-6PM. A pioneer village living museum reconstructing a francophone village of 1755-1855 with its people. Château Albert hotel with bar and restaurant on-site. $17.50.
- Cinéma du Centre, 220, boulevard Saint-Pierre Ouest, ☎ . Downtown cinema with a mix of French and English-language films.
- Théâtre populaire d'Acadie. French-language professional summer theatre at the Boîte-Théâtre.
- Festival Acadien, Caraquet. Annual festival culminating in Tintamarre, a boisterous and noisy costume party where revellers make themselves heard at 17:55 on August 15, the feast day of the Virgin Mary and de facto Acadian national holiday.
- Grains de folie, 171 boul St. Pierre ouest, ☎ . Restaurant, café-bistro, patio, bakery and pastry. Lounge upstairs.
- Le Poisson D'or, Carrefour de la Mer, 51A boul. St-Pierre Ouest, ☎ , fax: . Seafood.
Bed and breakfast
- Maison Touristique Dugas, 683, boul. St-Pierre Ouest, ☎ , toll-free: . Two houses, seven cabins and campground.
- Hôtel Paulin, 143 boul. St-Pierre ouest, ☎ , toll-free: . $200-215.
- Super 8, 9 avenue du Carrefour, toll-free: . 50-room motel with waterpark, conference room.
|Routes through Caraquet|
|Bathurst ← Jct S ←||N S||→ Miramichi → Shédiac|