The drive across New Brunswick to the Acadian Peninsula on the east coast led us to a kiteboarding destination in Lameque. As we came closer to the coast we noticed many flags which were neither Canadian nor New Brunswick flags. Upon inquiring we learned that these were Acadian flags.
The Acadians came to the region from France and settled there as early as the 17th century. It was originally French territory but was later taken over by the British. The fiercely independent Acadians refused to take an oath to the British crown and in 1755 were forcibly removed and deported from their colonies in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia – many of which were burned to prevent their return. Initially about 6,000 Acadians moved south into the United States or went back to France but in the next four years several thousand more followed. Many moved clear down to Louisiana where they took up residence and were called Cajuns who remain today.
The Bay of Fundy in Southwest New Brunswick has the largest tides on the planet, some over 50 feet! These waters rise and recede every six hours which is kind of hard to comprehend.