Acadians, well-known for their construction skills, were originally hired to build forts, houses and warehouses for the purpose of replenishing the French troops in Acadia. Supplies coming from France, Québec and the Fortress of Louisbourg were unloaded from schooner ships and warehoused in Shediac. These vital goods were then transported in smaller vessels and by portage via both the Shediac and Scoudouc rivers until they reached the French Fort Beauséjour, located near the present-day border of Nova Scotia.
The first Acadians to permanently settle this region, circa 1798, chose a location known as “La Batture” because of its many oyster beds. This delicacy is still locally cultivated to this day and can be found at our many local restaurants and fish markets.
Shediac is unique in that it was intimately linked to the early stages of all forms of public transportation including roads, railways, passenger/cargo ships, ferries and, later, commercial aviation. Early Acadian settlers took advantage of these many developments, which is why Acadians now make up 75% of the town’s population.
August 15 is known as National Acadian Day, when Acadians proudly celebrate their heritage by participating in various festivities as well as events featuring multiple well-known entertainers.
For more information, check out Experience Shediac.