Caraquet is a small (pop 4000) francophone village on the Acadian Coast of New Brunswick.


Much of what is now New Brunswick and Nova Scotia was once Acadia, a French-speaking colony in North America which was defeated by the English in the 1750's. Great Britain demanded Acadia pledge allegiance; the Acadians refused out of fear they would be forced to attack la Nouvelle France on behalf of the English and claimed neutrality. The English retaliated with mass deportations, known as le grand dérangement de 1755. Some Acadians settled as far afield as Louisiana, some returned to France. A few, displaced from points in southern New Brunswick such as Fort Beauséjour, fled north to establish the clandestine precursors of what is now Caraquet in 1757.

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.

Get in

From Bathurst (New Brunswick), follow NB route 11 by motorcar.






Bed and breakfast



Go next

Routes through Caraquet

Bathurst Jct S  N  S  Miramichi Shédiac

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