Acadian tourism season and national Corridor to be officially launched during special reception


Réjeanne Arsenault to be recognized for vast contribution to industry


ABRAM-VILLAGE – May 11, 2018 – The Island’s summer Acadian tourism season as well as the PEI portion of the new national Francophone Heritage, Cultural and Tourism Corridor will be jointly launched during a wine-and-cheese reception at the Acadian Musical Village in Abram-Village Friday, June 8, at 6 p.m.

In addition, during this public, hour-long event, special recognition will be given to Réjeanne Arsenault. This much-respected champion of local, provincial and national tourism was owner-operator of The Bottle Houses in Cape Egmont for about 30 years. She recently sold her extremely popular attraction to start a well-deserve retirement. She now lives in Moncton, NB.

The Evangeline Tourism Association, the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI and RDÉE Prince Edward Island are jointly organizing this reception, first of all to wish the best of luck to the Island’s Francophone tourism operators for a prosperous season.

Secondly, they wish to present to the public the member attractions of the national Tourism Corridor, which was established by RDÉE Canada and the provincial and territorial RDÉEs. During the reception, participants will get to see the national website, along with the pages, photos and videos dedicated specifically to the Island’s 13 network members.

Brief comments will also be presented to congratulate and honor the francophone tourism operators of the province. Those in attendance will be able to enjoy free hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine. A bar service will also be available.

Everyone can attend this event free of charge, but those wishing to participate must however register so that organizers can prepare a sufficient quantity of food. Call Velma Robichaud at 902-854-3439, Ext. 228, or email her at to provide her with the number of people who will attend.

This reception will also serve as the start of the “Summer Kick-Off Party”, a major two-evening event filled with games, musical entertainment and dances with popular bands such as Réveil and Fallback taking place at the Evangeline Recreation Centre Friday and Saturday, June 8-9. This large celebration will raise funds for a group of local high school students planning an overseas trip in 2019. Tickets for the weekend are currently on sale.



CUTLINE 1: Three organizations are joining forces to launch the 2018 Acadian tourism season and the national Tourism Corridor Friday, June 8, at the Acadian Musical Village in Abram-Village. Their representatives are, from left, Raymond J. Arsenault, events coordinator with the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI, Marcel Bernard, president of the Evangeline Tourism Association, and Gilles Arsenault, tourism development officer with RDÉE Prince Edward Island.

CUTLINE 2: During the June 8 tourism launching reception, Réjeanne Arsenault, former owner-operator of The Bottle Houses in Cape Egmont, will be honored for her vast contribution to tourism development.


For more details:

Marcel Bernard
Evangeline Tourism Association
(902) 854-2189 (residence)

Gilles Arsenault
Tourism Development Officer
RDÉE Prince Edward Island
(902) 393-2376 (cell)

Raymond J. Arsenault
Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI
(902) 854-3439, Ext. 231 (office)