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The Caraquet Heritage Tour
The heritage tour of the town of Caraquet is the culmination of a project conceived in relation to the designation of Caraquet as a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2009 as well as participation in the New Brunswick Local Heritage Places Program. This tour provides an overview of 21 of the most important places of heritage value in Caraquet, which have been designated Local Historic Places and added to the New Brunswick Register of Heritage Places. These places include buildings both large and small, a number of ruins, structures commemorating important events, and sites of historical importance to the local economy. Some places are associated with individuals who contributed to the advancement of society. All of the places are important in their way, serving to teach visitors about the community and its roots and pointing to its heritage and cultural diversity. The objective of this project is to preserve the memory and tell the stories of the people who worked tirelessly to build a community. Showcasing and celebrating these heritage sites also helps to raise public awareness about the importance of preserving our heritage. Thanks to the great wealth of built heritage in Caraquet, any number of other places could have been added to this tour. In the end, places were selected based on specific criteria, including originality, architectural features, historical documentary value, the importance of the building´s occupants and, in some cases, the availability of information. The city hopes that the stories shared by these places—stories about buildings and individuals that help the community understand its roots and the lives of a determined people committed to preserving the Acadian culture—will interest visitors seeking to learn more about the community and serve as a source of pride for the citizens of Caraquet.
Production year: 2015
CLARENCE LEBRETON, historien, parle des bâtiments historiques de la ville de Caraquet. Pendant qu'il parle, défilent des images d'archives et actuelles de la ville venant appuyer ses propos.
Dans les années 50, 60,
on détruisait des anciennes
maisons, on détruisait
des granges, et on s'est
aperçu, dans les années 70
et 80, que le nombre
de bâtiments historiques
diminuait d'une façon
La ville de Caraquet songeait
à préserver certains bâtiments.
La municipalité en a fait
un inventaire. Au-delà de
100 bâtiments. Et suite
à ça, on s'est dit: Bien,
ce serait intéressant de faire,
si vous voulez, un circuit.
Le circuit comprend à peu près
20, 25 bâtiments. Évidemment,
il y en a qui ressortent
un peu plus que d'autres. Que
ça soit l'église avec beaucoup
de symboles architecturaux par
rapport à la religion. En façade
de l'église, vous avez trois
fenêtres qui est la Trinité.
L'orgue est une Casavant, et le
2 janvier 1901, M. Casavant va
venir et va toucher l'orgue.
Les arches, 12. Les 12 apôtres.
Les colonnes, les voûtes,
c'est du bois qui est peint.
On appelle ça le marbre
des pauvres. Une technique
disparue presque de nos jours.
Le maître-autel qui est
un Baillargé, qui est classé
d'ailleurs au Patrimoine
national. Un joyau
d'architecture qui, évidemment,
sera par après accompagné,
si vous voulez, à côté par le
couvent qui va être construit,
qui va ouvrir ses portes en 1874
pour près d'un siècle, a été une
école de musique extraordinaire.
Et aujourd'hui, on se sert
des ruines comme décor et comme
aussi un lieu de ralliement.
Et de l'autre côté de la rue,
en face, en 1899 s'ouvrait
le collège de Caraquet et qui
a malheureusement brûlé en 1915.
Mais si à Caraquet, de nos
jours, nous avons une tradition
de théâtre, de musique, de
spectacle et tout ça, ça origine
du couvent et du collège.
Et après ça, on tombe évidemment
dans des maisons, mais qu'est-ce
qui est intéressant, c'est
l'hôtel Paulin. L'hôtel Paulin
qui est le plus ancien hôtel
de Caraquet, qui s'inscrit dans
l'histoire des chemins de fer,
parce qu'avec l'arrivée du
chemin de fer en 1887, c'est la
prospérité qui va nous arriver
par les rails. On parle de
visiteurs. On parle pas encore
de touristes à l'époque, mais
de visiteurs, et les hôtels
sont toujours construits
près des gares.
Et ce qui est intéressant, c'est
qu'en plus d'avoir conservé
son cachet original, elle est
depuis un siècle la propriété
de la famille Paulin. Et elle
est toujours utilisée comme
un hôtel. La photo peut-être la
plus intéressante de l'histoire
de Caraquet, est cette photo
qui a été prise avec à peu près
100 personnes, en 1905, lorsque
s'est tenue au collège de
Caraquet la convention nationale
des Acadiens. Et vous avez
une photo extraordinaire aussi,
dans cet hôtel, d'un barman
qui... ressemble énormément
au propriétaire actuel qui
est un descendant de cet homme,
de ce barman.
On était dans un petit
village... Pauvre, mais d'une
richesse culturelle assez
importante pour l'époque.
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