Here are the top 5 things to do in Shediac
I’m so happy to be guest blogging while the wonderful Vanessa is off travelling the world (thanks Tilley!). Today, I thought I’d share with you a little bit about a place I know quite well – Shediac, New Brunswick. It’s an Acadian town nestled along the coast, located about 15 minutes from Moncton. You may have already heard of Shediac’s main attraction, Parlee Beach, which receives thousands of tourists passing through each summer!
In celebration of this wonderful dot on the map, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite things about Shediac so that you can learn more about the town and plan your next summer holiday there!
· Visit the famous Parlee Beach Provincial Park which boasts the warmest waters in Canada.
· Climb on the World’s Largest Lobster Sculpture at the entrance to the town (how cool is that!)
· After a full day of touring, order fried clams and chips at Captain Dan’s restaurant on the wharf.
· After supper, take a strong along the Historic Pointe-du-Chene wharf and treat yourself to a thirst-quenching ice cream at Cool Scoops Ice Cream Shop, and then pick up a few gifts at Pirates Cove Gift Shop.
· Splurge and enjoy a ‘lobster tales’ sunset cruise with the Shediac Bay Cruises.
Top 5 Acadian Bands from New Brunswick
· Angry Candy is an amazing rock band that you might remember as the runner up in the Canada’s Got Talent competition last year.
· Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew are a staple in the local New Brunswick music scene, known for their hard-driving southern rock groove.
· Les Paiens is a contemporary instrumental band and the hardest working musicians around, now celebrating their 20-year anniversary.
· Lisa LeBlanc is an Acadian singer-songwriter, known for her enthusiastic "trash-folk" performances.
· Les Hey Babies are an up-and-coming folk pop trio not to be missed!
Top 5 Acadian Swag and Foods
· Been There Gifts is an online store that sells authentic Maritime gifts—check out their New Brunswick Lobster Trap packed full of local gifts!
· Even the nearby Moncton Airport celebrates Acadie, proudly displaying swag such as the “Keep Calm and Be Acadian” t-shirt.
· Try this quick and easy, no preservatives and no MSG, Farmer John’s Acadian Chicken Fricot Soup Mix for a real taste of a classic Acadian dish.
· If you think you’re brave enough to be a true Maritimer, here are instructions on how to cook a lobster. You can buy your fresh lobsters right on the wharf, bring them home to your cottage on the beach, and cook them up!
· Try some poutine rapée—not to be confused with poutine (fries, gravy, and curds)—an authentic Acadian home-cooked meal with potatoes and pork.