Nearly a hundred places in the Atlantic are showcased in the new Francophone Heritage, Cultural and Tourism Corridor, launched this week.
This is a tourism initiative is promoting the Francophone heritage of each region of the country. The Acadian culture obviously takes a prominent place among the activities and events promoted in the east of the country.
The website so far includes 130 historic sites and 160 tourist destinations, all of which are abundantly illustrated. In addition to the must-see festivals such as the Festival acadien de Caraquet in New Brunswick or the fortress town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, an important role is played by small and medium-sized businesses offering local products, from restaurants to chocolatiers. through the distilleries and microbreweries.
A mobile application is also announced.
Gilles Arsenault, a tourism development officer with the Economic Development and Employability Network (RDÉE Canada) in Prince Edward Island, explains that this new virtual corridor will help tourists to identify “historical and cultural sites related to Acadians and Francophones “as well as the tourism activities and events offered in each region.
“I think it will give us a lot more visibility,” he says.
The Department of Canadian Heritage has awarded RDÉE Canada, which was entrusted with the implementation of the project, $2.4 million for the years 2016 to 2018.
Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs in Newfoundland and Labrador, points out that “[French] history and heritage have been woven into the cultural web of Newfoundland and Labrador for more than 500 years.
Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan notes the relevance of this Corridor as his province prepares, with Southeastern New Brunswick, to host the Congrès mondial acadien. next year.
The Government indicates that the Corridor targets both Francophone and Anglophone clients. On the site, a three-color classification system tells travelers the level of service in French that they can expect to receive.
The project is the culmination of an idea born in 2015 at the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie. It was taken over by the Liberal government and is presented as one of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2017.