Caraquet

Caraquet, New Brunswick, Canada

 

Caraquet is a New Brunswick town resting on the shore of Chaleur Bay in the Acadian Peninsula. The name comes from a Mi’kmaq term meaning “meeting of two rivers”. They were referring to the Caraquet River and Rivière du Nord  which flow into the Caraquet Bay west of the town.

 

The area was first settled by a French trader and merchant named Gabriel Giraud dit St. Jean. The French trader married a Mi’kmaq woman and they settled in Lower Caraquet.

 

A lot of Acadians from Nova Scotia and southern New Brunswick settled in this area after the expulsion of the Acadians from those areas in 1755.

 

Unofficially, the town is known as the Acadian’s capital by its residents and hosts an annual Acadian Festival in august.

 

There are several beaches and tourist attractions. The economy is primarily marine resource-based, with a fishing wharf and seaport. Listed below the picture are some of the areas top attractions and businesses.

 

 

Caraquet, New Brunswick, Canada

By Dr Wilson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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