Celebrating Acadian culture
Fun day at Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst
Parks Canada invites people to kick off this year’s celebrations of Acadian culture at Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site with a day of family fun on Sunday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This event begins a period of celebrations at Port-la-Joye– Fort Amherst National Historic Site during August. There will be face painting and kite making, as well as Mi’kmaq interpretive programming. Light refreshments will be provided during the free, drop-in event, but visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch.
On Tuesday, Aug. 15, la Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin will continue the festivities with a day of celebrations to mark National Acadian Feast Day. This provincial event will begin on Victoria Row and then continue at Port-la-Joye-Fort Amherst.
There will be special activities presented by Le Carnaval en promenade ( face painting, costumes, and a tie-dying workshop), a tintamarre parade, an evening concert with Lennie Gallant and Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, and fireworks at 10 p.m.
For full details, visit www.15aoutipe.com.
Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site was the first permanent European settlement on Prince Edward Island.
Three hundred French settlers arrived and established a settlement in 1720.
There will be Mi’kmaq elders on site at at Port-la-Joye--Fort Amherst throughout the summer, sharing the stories, history, and language of the Mi’kmaq people. Activities take place daily until Aug. 31.
The National Acadian Feast Day is marked every year on Aug.15, which is also the Feast of the Assumption – the Virgin Mary being the patron saint of the Acadians.
The grounds of Port-la-Joye– Fort Amherst include a trail system, interpretation panels, monuments and plaques, as well as vantage points of Charlottetown Harbour.