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Musée Trail

Sentier Pluriel de Grande-Digue


The Musée Trail in Grande-Digue Gallery


Quick Facts

Difficulty accessible
Trail Type linear
Distance 190 m one-way
Estimated Time 15 mins
Surface Type crushed rock
Elevation Change 5 metres
Features museum, bay
Trail Markers signs
Scenery Rating beautiful
Maintenance Rating well maintained
Cell Reception medium
Dog Friendly on a leash
Fees donations accepted


The Musée Trail starts at a small group of historic buildings that form Acadian culture museum. There is an old lighthouse, church, one room schoolhouse, and warehouse to explore. They have over 3000 historic artifacts to see. Plan your visit while they are open so you can check it out. For more information check out the Village des Pionniers de Grande-Digue Facebook page.

The wide, crushed rock trail goes through the historic village and then travels along a small field towards the bay. At the back of the field, the trail turns left and goes through a strip of trees into another field. Here there is a bench overlooking Shediac Bay, alongside an interpretive sign. You can continue on a narrow path to the shore, but this part of the field can sometimes be wet.

The Trailhead sign for the Musée Trail in Grande-Digue

There is a disc golf course in the two fields. If you are feeling adventurous you can rent equipment at the notre centre and try it out.



Store Acadian South


The Musée Trail starts at the back of the notre centre (Rec Centre) parking lot. To get to the notre centre, take Route 530 from Route 134 in Grande-Digue (near the hardware store). Drive for 2.3 kilometres and you will see the notre centre on your right, just past the church. Turn into the notre centre and when you get to the parking lot turn right and go to the far side of the parking lot. You will see the historic village and start of the trail along this side of the parking lot.

The parking lot at the start of the Musée Trail in Grande-Digue
Advertising Main

From the Sign


A plaque on the Musée Trail in Grande-Digue

To anyone who reads this : Hello!

The parish of Grande-Digue, formerly known as Gedaïque, traces its origins to a small group of Acadian exiles who, finally assured of land in their own name, erected a Christian chapel near here in 1788.

Here are the names that appear on the first land grant issued in 1791.

  • Michel Haché
  • Marin Haché
  • Isaac Haché
  • Louis Bonnevie
  • John Downing
  • Pierre Caissie
  • Joseph Caissie
  • Joseph Poirier
  • Pierre Poirier
  • Syvestre Haché
  • Pierre Arseneau
  • Raphael Poirier
  • Jean Arseneau
  • Joseph Arseneau

Among these names, those of Joseph Poirier, Michel Haché and Sylvestre Haché (Gallant) stand out.

They, their wives and children, and many others were the pioneers of our community. The 1988 parishes commissioned this plaque as a tribute to their valour and to perpetuate their memory.

The Grand-Digue Bicentenary Celebrations Committee.

Unveiled July 24, 1988

From the Sign


A lighthouse on the Musée Trail in Grande-Digue

This lighthouse built in 1912 on the Grande-Digue wharf had a mast 28 to 30 feet high on top of which a kerosene lantern was hoisted up each night and lowered each morning by means of a rope and pulleys.

The first caretaker of the lighthouse was Arthur à Jos. Gallant, paid $60 per year; then it was Jean à Pierre LeBlanc (Johnny), later it was his sons, Éric and mostly Pierre. In 1950, the lighthouse was modernized and the energy was provided by a battery which had to be changed every year because of corrosion. In later years, the light was affixed on top of the mast and stayed continuously in function.

This light guided the fishermen and the navigators, mostly the people who lived on Shediac Island. After the departure of the people from the Island around 1940, the lighthouse continued to assist the fishermen. Then the fishermen had to move their boats to another wharf because the channel was too shallow for loaded boats. In 1960, still on the wharf which was abandoned because it was unsafe, the lighthouse was floated to Hervé Richardès shore, where it sheltered nets and fishing rigs for nearly 40 years.

In 2006, the lighthouse became a heritage object; it was renovated and placed on a new wharf in order to exhibit fishing material and tell its story.

Donated by: Jacques Dufour and Edna Richard

From the Sign

Climate Change and Coast

Climate Change and the coast sign

Among the impacts of climate change on the coast of Grande-Digue, are increasing rise in sea level and a reduction in ice cover during winter. The relative rise in sea level was 25 to 30 cm in the 20th century (Pointe-du-Chêne), but between 2016 and 2100 it is expected to be 72 cm. Facing the rising sea, beaches, dunes, marshes and cliffs tend to recede.

For example, swamps adjust to tidal levels and migrate inland, maintaining themselves if given room to do so. The ice cover prevents the formation of waves or prevents them from reaching the coast, protecting it during strong winds and storms in winter. But if in the 20th century ice was present from December to April in the Northumberland Strait, it is expected to form later by the year 2100.

A combined effect...

By reducing the braking effect and protection of the coast against waves, the rise in sea level and the reduction in ice cover exacerbate coastal flooding and erosion.

It is therefore increasingly important not to be exposed to these risks when settling near the shore or developing the coastal zone. Fighting the sea is very expensive, and in the long run, it is a losing battle.

Trail Last Hiked: April 29, 2023.

Page Last Updated: February 19, 2024.