Quebec City
– A temporary shelter for Acadians

In the summer of 1756, the Seven Years’ War between the French and the British had just been declared officially in the spring. It had in fact started in North America two years previously. It was at that time the first Acadian refugees arrived in Quebec, after receiving the official authorization of the last governor … Read more

Pointe-à-la-Croix
– The last bastion of Petite-Rochelle

In the estuary of the Restigouche River, at the end of Baie des Chaleurs, is the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site, three kilometres west of the municipality of Pointe-à-la-Croix. This historic site commemorates the last naval battle of the Seven Years War between the French and the British for the possession of New … Read more

Bonaventure
– The ideal natural harbour for the refugees

At the edge of Baie des Chaleurs, the town of Bonaventure is nestled in the estuary of the river of the same name which forms a natural and deep harbour perfectly sheltered (a barachois). It was founded in 1760 or 1761 by several Acadian families fleeing the Petite-Rochelle post after the French defeat of the … Read more

Carleton-sur-mer
– The herons of Tracadièche are still there

In the Baie des Chaleurs, west of Bonaventure, the town of Carleton-sur-Mer has become a unique holiday resort in the Gaspé Peninsula, thanks to its two sandbanks, home to a natural harbour with a mild microclimate, at the foot of Mount Saint-Joseph. It is certainly the safety and charm of this barachois that attracted the … Read more

Saint-Gervais
– The isolated lands of the lord of Saint-Michel

The municipality of Saint-Gervais is located in the Regional County Municipality of Bellechasse, in the heart of Chaudière-Appalaches Region, immediately east of the city of Lévis. It owes its name to the parish of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais, founded in 1780, in honor of two Roman Christian martyr twins of the 1st century, Gervais and Protais… … Read more

Saint-Grégoire
– A parish worth fighting for

Saint-Grégoire is a westside district of the city of Bécancour on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River facing Trois-Rivières. At the heart of the neighbourhood, facing Port-Royal Boulevard, is the church of Saint-Grégoire-le-Grand, a masterpiece of religious architecture in Quebec… Its construction took place from 1803 to 1806, after the parish was canonically … Read more

Saint-Jacques
– A priest so dedicated and caring

Located 50 kilometers north of Montreal, Saint-Jacques is the oldest town in the Montcalm Regional County Municipality. Moreover, it is considered to be the Acadian cradle of the Lanaudière region, a haven of well-being for the Acadians… The parish of Saint-Jacques was founded in 1772 by families of Acadian refugees on a territory that was … Read more

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
– A Scottish lord for L’Acadie

Located in the west end of the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, in the Regional County Municipality of Haut-Richelieu in Montérégie, the historic village of L’Acadie brings to life the oldest parish of the Upper Richelieu River, founded in 1782… The parish served a Catholic population made up mostly of Acadians who settled along the “Petite-Rivière-de-Montréal” (present-day … Read more

Yamachiche
– Two seigniories for all of the exiles

Located west of Trois-Rivières, on the north shore of Lake Saint-Pierre, the municipality of Yamachiche is part of the Regional County Municipality of Maskinongé in the Mauricie region. It is bounded on the east by the Yamachiche River and on the west by the small Yamachiche River which runs through the urban center … The … Read more

Magdalen Islands
– A harbour for fishing and hunting under constraints

Havre Aubert Island is the most westerly and the largest of the Magdalen Islands. In the eastern end of the island is the historic site of La Grave, one of the archipelago’s oldest fishing grounds, which occupies a narrow hook-shaped isthmus between Point Shea and Cape Gridley, where the ethno-historical museum of the sea is … Read more