Le Pays de la Sagouine
Le Pays de la Sagouine
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Discover Acadian culture with the magic of characters immersing you into a whirlwind of music and theatre on a small island in Bouctouche. A theatrical village, Pays de la Sagouine is a fantastic reproduction of a fishing village in the era of prohibition. With more than 1.5 million visitors on Ile-aux-Puces since 1992, tourists and local people continue to return to relive the unique experience year after year. Le Pays de la Sagouine is : A cast of professional actors and colourful characters, spectacular theatre shows, live musical performances from local house band, engaging gossip and epic baffles, unforgettable history and Acadian accents from all over, stories and legends from the sea, feet-stomping kitchen parties, Sunday brunch Buffets at the Viola Léger Theatre Restaurant, drinks from the most picturesque terrace and a gift shop full of unique gifts.
Bouctouche, New Brunswick, Canada

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TravelingCnD
Montreal, Quebec, Canada27 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
Had not been here in over 15 years. I am orginally from Moncton and now live in Mtl. My boyfriend is Italian and had no clue what and who was la Sagouine. decided to bring him here to get in the middle of things.
We went for lunch at the restaurant to have the acadian buffet where he had a chance to try out everything and then spent the afternoon on l'Ile aux Puces.
What a great experience and very fun to have all the theatre and shows. Of course we also had the privilege to see Viola Leger playing La Sagouine on a 40 minute show. Unbelievable that she is still going strong and full of energy at 82 yrs old. Even got my picture taken with her.
Anyway, well worth the visit and happy I came here many years after.
Between shows the «personnages» go to their houses and they tell stories and show us things related to their role as villagers. The actors are also very knowledgable about the Acadian history and the reality of being French in an English world.
Vive l'Acadie !
Written September 24, 2012
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SusanO1958
Canso, Canada61 contributions
Jul 2019
Recommended by a local tour guide and we were not disappointed. The food was very tasty, service was friendly and the atmosphere was nice.
Written July 11, 2019
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Joseph Y A
Gardner, MA54 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
What a wonderful way to encounter Acadian culture. La Sagouine is Antonine Maillet's, (Bouctouche native and celebrated writer) most popular work. The site has been transformed into a summer festival where you can also see what life was like for Acadians who settled here after they were forced to leave Acadie, which later became Nova Scotia. There are modern skits done in French which borrow from La Sagouine's stories and are adapted for a modern audience. There is also a video room where you can see scenes from the original play with an interview with Viola Leger, the original Saguoine. There is a store, a fully functional information desk where English and French are spoken. The skits themselves are in French but are easy to understand. It is an absolutely lovely way to savor the Acadian way of life. Thoroughly family friendly and a great way to see Bouctouche too.
Written October 12, 2018
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hotcandie6
Saint John, Canada92 contributions
Aug 2010
It was boring and complete waste of my money. There are like 5 little houses and most people speak no English. We tried to get a tour and could not. The actors are ok but it is dull. Very over priced. Children will bored out of their minds. They had comedians that only spoke in very regional french. So it was not very funny to say the least. I understand french and had no clue what they were saying.
Written April 13, 2011
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PatMaine50
Waterville, ME149 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
The setting for this living history village is outstanding. The views from the boardwalk as you approach the site in the middle of the Buctouche River are picture perfect. The musical performances were excellent. If you don't speak French, however, your experience will be limited as the storytellers and skits are in French. The publicity said to identify yourself as English speaking and they would accommodate you but in reality this is very awkward to do without appearing to be overly demanding. When we had a chance to chat one on one with some of the staff, they were perfectly bilingual and happy to speak with us in English. Since we had our bicycles with us, we rode the trail which leads from the parking lot over to the town of Buctouche. Beautiful views along the way.
Written August 7, 2014
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MmeMeg
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
We were really excited to go here based on all the reviews and left confused and frustrated after a few hours. All the little huts have a schedule of performances with an actor in each but it isn’t written ANYWHERE what that schedule is. So you arrive in a hut, there may or may not be an actor there, and while friendly, they don’t do much outside of their performances. We didn’t know who la Sagouine was and the place seems to take it for granted that everyone knows and is there because of it - very confusing when you’re coming in as a tourist expecting an explanation and a story. Instead we wandered around, catching bits of different performances, and finally just leaving because we couldn’t ever seem to be in the right place at the right time. Really disappointed and annoyed because for almost $50, we expected more.
I will say that the actors are committed and entertaining - if the place was better organized it could have been a much better experience.
Much more for adults! Not really kid friendly.
Written August 16, 2019
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SueOborn
Fredericton, Canada52 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
We didn't know what to expect. Our first experience as we joined a group in the Hangar was an introduction to the spoons, fiddle and some heel, toe tapping to the beat of the musi - a down east kitchen party! We heard about what is was like in the past for the Acadians - speak French at home, but not when you go out! We had a ride out to the island and talked to the ladies working in the houses, tried some poutine rapee (nothing like the poutine with french fries and cheese), this one was a boiled ball of potato with some salted meat in the middle. Interesting and quite filling. We had a treat and listened to a band playing Acadian music while some kids were dancing. I couldn't help but dance myself! Loved every bit of this place. The buffet was very reasonably priced and they are set up to serve a large crowd. Highly recommend a visit.
Written July 11, 2017
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T1063YYdavidk
Portsmouth, NH152 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
A fabricated "antique" village, complete with Acadian style musicians. The food is served in the food hall in buffet style, with one fixed price. I got sick from the soup, probably made from yesterday's chicken. It was probably food poisoning, as it affected me about 8 hours later, and lasted all night. Unless you really must see a fake setting, with fake "locals", you might be better advised to find some other attraction to see, or else just go for ice cream at local place. Anyway, if you look at the accompanying picture, you'll have seen everything you need to know about this place.
Written August 21, 2016
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onvoyage_3
Peterborough, Canada124 contributions
We just spent the day here and I had some convincing to do. Both kids (9 & 12) were complaining that it would be boring as we arrived and my husband was clearly only there to please me.
But everyone was won over pretty quickly by the lively characters. We enjoyed chatting with the barber, listening to music, and stories by la Sagouine and especially Arthur!
You must try the poutine râpée and the pet de soeur.
À la fin de notre visite on a tous décidé de retourner demain si on a le temps!
Written July 11, 2014
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csb1953
Halifax, Canada88 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
This was so much more than expected. The more you participate the more you learn and enjoy what is going on. It's in French so some understanding is a plus but you can certainly enjoy the music regardless. It is so upbeat that it's difficult to stay put. The stories are so good and a must to hear as they are told in such an animated way that you can't but enjoy them. Good value for your money.
Written February 19, 2014
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