ABRAM-VILLAGE, PEI – June 6, 2012 – From now on, tourists considering an excursion to PEI’s Evangeline region will find everything they need to plan their vacation on a single captivating web site at regionevangeline.com.
This newly revamped site warmly welcomes all visitors with a large and attractive picture of a fiddle resting on an Acadian flag, along with a pleasant invitation: “A great cultural adventure is waiting for you in this little piece of Acadie! Listening to fiddles and guitars will soon make you forget your everyday worries! You will be delighted by the harmony and lyrics of the songs telling the history, traditions and rich culture of the Acadians, or you may even feel like joining in to dance and jig with the locals! Come celebrate!”
The bilingual site, which features various facets and tabs, was prepared by l’Association touristique Évangéline (ATE or Evangeline Tourism Association), which is always seeking to promote the region to attract more visitors.
In addition to attractive pictures and sceneries, the site focuses on festivals, activities, attractions, restaurants, boutiques, lodgings and services in the Evangeline region. Readers can also discover the region’s history and learn about the Acadian culture of its residents. Activities are also listed in a calendar, which is displayed in various formats. Also featured are information and links on Acadian events and products from other Acadian regions of the province. The ATE’s pamphlet can also be downloaded.
This modern site also provides direct links to the association’s Facebook and Twitter pages and displays the local weather.
An important section concentrates on vacation packages and experiences provided in the area.
One of the most popular tourism experiences of the region is without a doubt “Acadian Fabric Memories”, an Acadian frolic guided by fabric artist Marie-Anne Arsenault, who provides visitors a chance to create interesting memories on fabric with a method called paper piercing.
This frolic is held twice a week – Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon – in the À Point Boutique in Mont-Carmel. A light snack is served. After having paid the experience price, visitors receive a kit containing everything they’ll need. When they leave, they’ll be able to take their lovely creation home with them. Advance reservations are required; those interested must call Arsenault at (902) 854-4113.
Another interesting frolic teaches visitors the basics of stepdancing to traditional Acadian fiddle music. Offered at the Centre Expo-Festival in Abram-Village Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., this frolic is delivered alternatively by Jocelyne Arsenault, Helen Bergeron and Pierrette Arsenault.
“Practice relaxed and easy steps as well as high-energy steps and even steps that you can perform while sitting in a chair,” suggests the web site. “You are assured to have a good time! If dancing doesn’t interest you, why not come in to learn how to play musical spoons and join the party.”
Participants will then return home with a music CD as well as Acadian buns known as “galettes blanches”. Those wishing to participate must reserve their spot at least 24 hours in advance by calling (902) 854-3300.
CUTLINE: Marie-Anne Arsenault, left, the fabric artist who gives the Acadian Fabric Memories frolic, and Pierrette Arsenault, one of the three stepdancing frolic teachers, examine the Evangeline area’s new tourism web site, which has just been revamped and relaunched.
For more information:
Community tourism officer