August 4, 2013

August 3, 2013 Day 73  Chaleur Bay
Caraquet Marina
Caraquet, New Brunswick, Canada

Could not resist this traveler - he has quite the ride!
Carried Away is flying the New Brunswick and Acadian flags now
Today, a Saturday, was filled with many activities.  We used Jocques’ car again and ran a few errands with Ron and Lisa. When we arrived back at the marina, Jocques was waiting for us. He brought us an Acadian flag and a New Brunswick flag to fly on our boat, and even climbed up on top to help Bill hang them. (We had to take down the Quebec flag since we are no longer there!)  Jocques continues to amaze us with his generosity and hospitality.  He also brought us more info about the activities taking place during the Acadian festival.
Lots of things for the kids (young and old)
to see today at the festival!

The Chalet Albert Hotel, built in 1907
Next, we drove to the Acadian Historical Village, and walked through it for a few hours, learning about Acadian history. The village features original buildings dating back to the late 1700’s – early 1900’s, and replicates farming, daily life, wood working, printing, milling, weaving, rug making, baking, etc. through interpreters at each site.  All buildings come from the Acadian regions of New Brunswick.  It started to rain while were there, so we ducked into a few of the buildings to stay dry in between rain showers. 

Making fishing nets
We returned to the boat to have dinner on board, and then we took Enid and Richard, new friends from New Zealand, back in to the town to see some of the festivities.  Shannon and Richard (Esmeralda) and Joe (Firebird) had taken a taxi there from Shippagan where they are docked, so we talked with them for a while. We visited a few of the art displays, but decided to eventually return to our own boats and watch the fireworks from our flybridge.  The Acadian music performers did not start until 10:30 and we were already tired from our long walk through the village.  We did see the fireworks clearly from our boat although many small boats went out into the bay and formed a long line to watch them up close!

We have decided to stay here one more day. There are more errands to run and some chores to accomplish – plus we really like this charming little town of Caraquet, New Brunswick!   We hope to see part of the annual Blessing of the Fleet by the priest tomorrow as the parade of boats should come past our marina.