Day 11-12 Caraquet, New Brunswick   Leave a comment

We followed along the water as we drove around the Gaspe Peninsula over to New Brunswick. You can’t find a more beautiful drive than that. Below right, you can see how the “lupines” grow wild.

Pictured above left is a campground with water on both sides! Can’t get any more scenic.

We spent our only full day in Caraquet visiting an Acadien Village. Between 1755 and 1763 an important part of the Acadien population was deported to the English Colonies because they refused to take an unconditional oath of allegiance to the British King.

As we walked through the town, the animals seemed to come right up to Bill.

The Acadiens fished in order to make ends meet. Most of the big companies did not pay their
workers in cash. Instead they gave them tokens that could be used only in the company’s stores. The Acadiens were at the mercy of these monopolies.

The General Store seemed pretty small from the outside, but they sure had quite an assortment of things to sell inside.

Shore fishing produced clams, mussels, algae, and smelt. Coastal fishing (in vessels for less than 24 hours) produced lobster, scallops, oysters, mackerel, herring, and certain species of groundfish such as cod. Mid-shore fishing (slightly larger vessels out for 3 to 4 days) produced lobster, crab, shrimp, herring and mackerel. Offshore fishing done mainly off the Gulf of St. Lawrence with a base port in Newfoundland or Nova Scotia produced groundfish, shrimp, and scallops.

It took some time for the Acadiens to learn that all of these species were edible. For a long time lobster, spring herring, and crab were used only to fertilize gardens! Then it was only the poor who ate them.

Different species of fish required various methods of dressing, but the most widely used were salting, drying, and freezing.

Cod was the most popular fish and could be stored up to one year after salting. Lobster was canned by the pound, half pound, or quarter pound. Fresh fish included salmon and herring was most often salted. Mackerel, haddock, halibut and eel were also caught.

They made all of their clothes from cotton, and needed to waterproof hats and aprons for the fisherman. They boiled them in linseed oil which made the clothes waterproof. The yellow “slickers” that were so popular when I was a kid probably came from the Acadiens because the coloring is very similar.

The broom maker makes his brooms out of wood, not straw, but wood.

Along the way, we met a woman whose job is to dye the wool. She was boiling green ferns to die the waiting yard a green color.

The bread oven smelled most inviting.

Most of them led a very simple life. We visited a few of the homes.

It seemed to be lunch time and as we visited each house, we could smell the aroma of food before we entered and inside families were eating food prepared the same way they would have done it in the 1700s.

The house pictured below has much of the original furniture as well as the dishes.

The nicest home we visited was owned by the magistrate, who had 7 children. Seven children was actually a small family back then. Many of the families had 10 or more.

While we were there, we saw a group of “day camp” children dressed in 1700 clothing on their way to town to get their picture taken.

The blacksmith was busy making a metal handle for a chest.

The town of course had a one-room school house and the gristmill was open and in operation.

Covered bridges are also one of our favorites. This one had an interesting sign. “$20 fine for driving on the bridge faster than a walk.”

As we walked through the bridge, we passed into the 1930s.

I personally liked the old gas station. I don’t know why, but I’ve always thought the old gas pumps were so cool looking.

We also saw a tin shop, a barrel maker, and a shoemaker.

Every town has to have a liquor store. We thought it was a bar, but the clerk explained that a bar would have a railing on the counter edge so that if you drink too much, you could grab it. HAHA Don’t know if that is true or not, but it sounds possible.

Bill is trying to order, but the clerk is explaining that the liquor he sells is for ailments. This is so the patrons aren’t scorned upon by the preacher. I’m sure Bill will come up with an ailment.

Check out the “angled window” on this house. Wonder if the “liquor store clerk” built this house?

The grandest of all was the hotel, which is currently in business and you can actually stay the night.

Inside, we found a barber shop, sitting room, and bar.

Our Campground hosts, Marco and Lise the new owners of Camping and Motel Colibri in New Brunswick, supplied us with a wonderful lobster feast!

After our driver’s meeting, Lise pulled out a lobster and showed us, with Marco’s help, how to “properly” open and eat a lobster.

Look how easy that claw and body meat came out.

Our Adventure Caravaners could not wait to put their new found knowledge to use.

Even Steve opened a lobster. SMILE STEVE.

These lobsters were the BEST we’ve ever had!!!!!! THANK YOU MARCO AND LISE! What a great ending to a great stop along the way. Next stop, PEI.

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Posted June 30, 2015 by carolnbill in Travel

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