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Here the mountains meet the sea, on the Cabot Trail.
In the early days, the Chéticamp region was a seasonal fishing port under the control of Huguenot families on Île Jersiais, a small Channel Island between France and England. In 1782, there were only two permanent Acadian families in the area: the families of Pierre Bois and Joseph Richard. In 1790, the British Crown grants lots of land to14 family heads, better known under the name of "Fourteen Elders". From there, these lands were divided between the 26 families then present in the area. This is the official start of Chéticamp. The descendants of these families (Aucoin, LeBlanc, Boudreau, Chiasson, Deveau, Maillet, Gaudet and Poirier) are still numerous in this part of Acadia.
A long tradition of hospitality characterizes this region. Its location directly on the Cabot Trail, near Cape Breton Highlands National Park, plays a very important part. This park is the oldest national park in the Atlantic Provinces.
Whether you are looking for a campground, a bed and breakfast, a motel room or a luxury chalet, the region has a wide range of accommodations. (Reserve accommodations in advance) The same goes for the culinary sector.
A regional specialty: fricot is a traditional Acadian meal; it is such an important part of the Acadian food culture that the call to eat in Acadian French is “to fricot!”
The main ingredients of fricot are potatoes, onions, and any available meat. Common meats used were chicken, rabbit, or beef. When chicken was used, it was traditionally an older chicken, as an egg-laying chicken would have been too valuable to cook. This explains the long cooking time, as an older chicken would have had more meat.Maybe you would rather enjoy eating the local catch of the day! Lobster and snow crab are available from May to October with live tanks at the local fish market if you would like to cook your own – ask any local and they will be more than happy to show you how to cook and eat this delicacy! Or have it served to you, ready to eat at any of the local restaurants.
Local musicians are widely broadcast on CKJM Community Radio at 106.1 FM.
Whale watching is also a popular activity in Cheticamp.
The Chéticamp Arts Council https://www.conseildesartsdecheticamp.ca/ is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the French language and preserving the rich heritage of expression in the Chéticamp region, while undertaking projects and actions aimed at the artistic development of young Acadians and the community as a whole. Founded in 1999, the Arts Council has always done its best to ensure the influence of the arts in the region, as well as to provide its members, the public and the school population with a quality program of animation, dissemination and artistic training. The Council also oversees the administration and management of the Père-Anselme-Chiasson Arts Square, a state-of-the-art theatre located in the heart of the village of Chéticamp, on the famous Cabot Trail. Several musical, dance and theater shows take center stage throughout the summer season.
The Chéticamp Arts Council has ten important values that are present in each of their projects:
- Heritage of expression
- Non-competitive spirit
- Personal growth
- School partnerships
A must-see: the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park for a chance to meet moose and for a breathtaking view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. With 26 scenic park trails, ranging from easy trails in the forest to steep paths at the edge of the ocean. Look around! You might spot small mink, whales or humpback whales jumping out of the water. To participate in the park's experiences, please visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ns/cbreton/activ
Les Trois Pignons in Chéticamp, https://www.lestroispignons.com/en/ is the information and museum centre for visitors.
Visit Les Trois Pignons for an authentic experience of Acadian culture and Chéticamp's history, an amazing collection of hooked rugs and antiques, a genealogical resource centre and library, as well as a full range of visitor information services.
Do not forget the celebrations of the Festival de l'Escaouette and the Mi-Carême Festival at the end of winter.