August 10 to 24, 2019

Prince Edward Island and Southeast New Brunswick
August 17, 2019

Bouctouche will host CMA 2019 participants on August 17, 2019. To mark the occasion, the town that houses the Pays de la Sagouine will make the most of its natural resources to offer a full day of activities for residents and visitors. A typical Bouctouchois breakfast will kick things off, followed by a farmers’ market with various booths and music by local artists. The day will continue with a hike along the Dune and the Clarence-Bastarache Race. And let’s not forget one of Bouctouche’s famous oyster shucking contests, followed by a shellfish lunch. A big performance will end the evening.


Arts and Culture

Bouctouche may be a small town, but it has a lot to offer! Summer and winter, it bustles with activities and events that suit all tastes. In mid-August, don’t miss the Bouctouche Shellfish Festival, a week full of typical Acadian music, games, and food. If you’re up for a bit of friendly competition, register for the softball, golf, or poker tournament. More of a gourmet? Enter an oyster shucking or cooking competition, and try some famous Bouctouche oysters or delicious poutines râpées.

If you’re in Bouctouche, a visit to Le Pays de la Sagouine is a must! Immerse yourself in the world of a small fishing village at the time of prohibition, as imagined by Antonine Maillet, and meet the illustrious characters of La Sagouine and Citrouille. Theatre, music, dance, and cuisine will really help you experience the Acadian culture of yesterday and today. For more information:

Outdoors and Leisure

There’s no doubt about it: the Irving Eco-Centre: La dune de Bouctouche is a don’t-miss attraction in southeastern New Brunswick. One of the last on the continent’s east coast, this sand dune stretches 12 kilometres across Bouctouche Bay. Visitors can stroll along the dune’s 800-metre boardwalk and observe the plants and wildlife that live in the salt marshes and on the dune. The boardwalk also provides access to a sandy beach, where you can bathe in the warm, calm waters of the bay. Guided tours and educational activities are available as well.

In addition to the dune’s boardwalk, a multitude of land- and water-based trails link land and sea to the downtown and the main attractions in Bouctouche. This trail network enables residents and visitors to remain active and enjoy nature, as well as reduce their environmental footprint. Many activities are available: biking, walking, and cross-country skiing on land; kayaking and canoeing on the sea. For the full list of trails:

Heritage and History

To find out more about the local history and how Acadians used to live, visit the Musée de Kent, formerly the Convent of the Immaculate Conception. You’ll be greeted by guides dressed in boarding school uniforms who’ll tell you stories and anecdotes about the role of this important educational institution. You’ll also be able to admire the beauty of the Second Empire-style building, whose chapel is described as a real “architectural gem.”