Parks Canada will celebrate families and Acadian culture on Sunday, Aug. 12, with Family Fun Day at Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site in Rocky Point.
This Family Fun Day event, which goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is in honour of National Acadian Feast Day which is observed on Aug. 15 every year.
Activities will include face painting, airbrush tattoos, kite flying, as well as Mi’kmaq interpretive programming and traditional games at the birch bark wigwam. This is a free, drop-in event.
Light food and beverages will be provided, and visitors are also encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds overlooking the Charlottetown Harbour.
By celebrating National Acadian Feast Day, Parks Canada commemorates the enduring contributions of Acadian people to Canada’s diverse cultural landscape.
Facts about historic site
All about the Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst:
· commemorates the first permanent European settlement on Île Saint-Jean (now Prince Edward Island). After falling to British forces in 1758, it became a major deportation site for French and Acadian settlers. A Grand Alliance was forged here between the Mi'kmaq and French – one of only two locations in North America where this was celebrated annually with speeches, gifting and feasting.
· This summer, the travelling exhibit “Regalia: Native Pride” is being hosted in the visitor reception centre. The exhibit features images of Indigenous peoples from across Canada and their traditional regalia, and will be open until Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
· The historic grounds include a trail system, interpretation panels, monuments and plaques.
· Parks Canada and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I. are partnering to bring alive the Mi’kmaq history of Epekwitk. There will be Mi'kmaq elders on site throughout the summer to share the stories, history and language of the Mi'kmaq people. Visitors can explore a traditional Mi’kmaq birch bark wigwam at the site. Activities will take place daily until Aug. 31.