Here are the top 5 things to do in Shediac
We're thrilled to have author and publisher Stacy D. Atkinson contribute to TurnipseedTravel! Like Vanessa, Stacy also grew up in the Canadian Maritimes and her latest novel, Stuck, is set in the Shediac region of New Brunswick. I'm hoping Stacy's incredible novel will inspire you to take a trip to this beautiful, affordable, underrated area of Canada.
Why you need to visit Shediac, New Brunswick, (And sit on a giant lobster!)
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!
People say write what you know, and I have certainly become an expert on Shediac. Not only did I spend my summers there as a kid hanging out at the cottage, but the charm of the town stuck with me so much so that I wrote a coming-of-age fiction novel (Stuck) and used Shediac as the coastal setting for the book!
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!
Top 5 Things to Do in Shediac, New Brunswick
· 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.
While visiting Shediac and the local area, you can’t help but fall in love with the Acadian culture. Here are some real musical gems to considering adding to your playlist.
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!
Finally, an east-coast vacation would not be complete without food and souvenirs. Here are some great Maritime delicacies to watch out for.
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.