Bouctouche, New Brunswick
About Bouctouche, New Brunswick
The Canadian town of Bouctouche is a part of Kent County, New Brunswick, and it's around 40 kilometers northeast of the city of Moncton. It is surrounded by water - resting on the coast of Northumberland Strait, near the Bouctouche River.
Bouctouche was incorporated into Canada in 1985 - obviously much later than when it first discovered. It was first discovered in 1784 by Francois LeBlanc, who settled in Bouctouche in 1785 and created an Acadian community there. Irish families also settled in the area.
Bouctouche is famous for having survived a massive tornado. It's also shown up in important works in the Acadian-Canadian literary canon. For example, you may want to bring with you to Bouctouch the award-winning novel La Sagouine (1971), by Canadian Acadian novelist, playwright, scholar and Bouctouche-New-Brunswick native Antonine Maillet (this novel is one among the 40+ novels Maillet has written). The novel was translated twice into English in 1984 and, more recently, in 2007.
What's So Great About Bouctouche?
The amusement park in Bouctouche is the main attraction. It's called Le Pays de la Sagouine, and it takes its name from - you guessed it - Maillet's novel! It was, in fact, founded by the author. Maillet founded it in the effort to keep Acadian culture alive and accessible. This theme park attracts over 60,000 people a season. And, just think, Bouctouch's population is only 2,500!
How to Get There
You can get to Bouctouche via Highway Route 11, and waterway Bouctouche Harbour.
The novel La Sagouine is written in Chiac, which is a mixture of both English and French. Chiac is still spoken by Acadians today.