Some visitors to Fort Beauséjour last Friday included a family from Surrey, B.C. who were visiting family in the area. Shown here, left to right are Parker Scott, 8, his brother Jacob Scott, 11 and their mother Chrissy Scott. The family, which also included the boy’s father and an uncle and aunt, were all enjoying taking in the many aspects of the historic site while the boys also took part in the Xplorers program, complete with tricorn hats and wooden rifles. LEBLANC PHOTO
AULAC, N.B – Adults and children of all ages will once again have the opportunity to enjoy learning a bit about the local history as Fort Beauséjour offers a number of programs this summer.
Located at the head of the Bay of Fundy on the border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland stands at a crossroads of natural and cultural history, where once the future of Acadia and North America hung in the balance. This star-shaped fort is one of the oldest in North America.
Sylvie Robichaud, acting communication officer with the Northern New Brunswick Field Unit of Parks Canada said last week that there will be lots of activities for individuals and families to take part in, particularly over the next couple months, at Fort Beauséjour/Fort Cumberland.
“There’s an exciting Xplorers program for children aged six to 11. This was new last year and was a great success. During their visit children will receive an Xplorers booklet full of fun activities that enable them and their families to discover this fabulous historic site,” she said in an email on Friday.
She added that there will also be scavenger hunts and children will be able to discover unique objects related to the site’s history and partially restored ruins.
“Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland offers as well the Explora Fort Tour, which is a new GPS-based self guided tour, filled with stories, photos and quizzes that help visitors learn about the fort and its inhabitants as they stroll through the site”, she said.
The fort will also host a number of special day events, including a celebration of Park’s Day on July 19, an annual event where everyone can enjoy the park, free cake and tree seedlings as well as other children’s activities.
On New Brunswick Day, Aug. 4, the site will also host heritage activities and feature a special presentation at 2 p.m. by Mr. Earle Lockerby, co-author of the book Jeremiah Bancroft at Fort Beauséjour & Grand-Pré.
Robichaud said Parks Canada is anticipating a higher number of visitors to Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland this year, due in part to an increase in promotional efforts over the past few months and which are also currently ongoing.
Every year, there’s always something new at the site, she said, whether it’s a new program, new activities or events.
“Therefore, for the people that visited the site in the past, we would like to invite them to come and rediscover this amazing national historic site and of course bring family and friends,” she noted.
Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland is open daily until Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a small admission fee, with group and family rates available, which helps support visitor services and facilities.