Rain can ruin a vacation, but in the company of good friends, one can always fall back and regroup when original plans are stopped due to wet weather!
Rain kept us from visiting the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, but it wasn't going to dampen our sense of adventure. We took a road less travelled and ended up in Bouctouche, New Brunswick. Bouctouche is in the heart of Acadian Country, and French is the predominant language, though there are plenty of English-speaking folks for those of us not fluent in French.
One of the sights not to be missed (assuming you are traveling on a less wet day!) is the Irving Eco-Centre, La Dune de Bouctouche – one of the last remaining great sand dunes on the northeastern coast of North America. What makes this unique is the 'boardwalk' through the marsh and dunes built to protect the delicate ecosystem. We opted not to walk due to the rain!
Our first stop was a winery operated by a French couple. It is a wine co-op, marketing its products in co-operation with several other wineries in the area. The wines were both from grapes (quite good!) and other fruits. The strawberry wine, was excellent and I can imagine it soaked into a shortcake and topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. I can get fat thinking about it!
A little farther down the road we arrived at the Olivier Soapery (Canada’s Soap Economuseum™). A 'crazy' Frenchman and his wife provided a most entertaining and educational program about soap and soapmaking, and shopping the soap store was great fun. The soaps made here are all-natural ingredients and filled with natural products for cleansing and fragrance and even sex appeal (but let the Frenchman tell you about that!!!) Although most of the demonstration is done in French, there are translators available.
The Soapery is well worth the trip and you can try a variety of the soaps economically by purchasing bars that are slightly imperfect when removed from the molds. Lots of unique gift items are available in the gift shop, most made by craftspeople in the area.