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Celebrate Canada Week June 24 - July 1, 2016

Friday, June 24 - St Jean Baptiste Day

10:30 am Mass at St. Augustine Church, adjacent to the Farmers' Bank of Rustico
11:15 am Welcome by Arnold Smith, President, the Farmers' Bank of Rustico
- Flag raising followed by the singing of the Acadian national anthem, "Ave Maris Stella".
- Lunch: Tradional soup, corn bread and celebration cake

Friday, July 1 - Canada Day

1:00 pm Flag raising and the singing of the national anthem in both official languages
- Acadian Lunch: Bannock, beans, mussels, hot dogs and celebration cake
- Scavenger hunt for children

Acadian Days July 4 - July 30, 2016


July 4 to 30

  • Knowledgeable Interpreters in Period Costume

  • Exhibition Featuring Farm and Fishing Implements of the Past

  • Tour of Heritage Gardens

  • Genealogy of Rustico Acadian families – by Appointment with Theresa Gallant.  

  • Scavenger Hunt (10:00 am-12:00 pm)

  • Fridays: Stories by local Seniors                                                


July 4 - 30

2:00pm - 4:00 pm

  • Daily: Hot Apple cider served at Doucet House

  • Daily: Individual or Family Photographs taken in Traditional Acadian Costume at the Doucet House.
    (Fees Apply-Cash Only)

  • Mondays: Knitting Demonstrations by Shirley Gallant

Thursdays in July

5:30-9:00 pm
Admission Fees Apply

(Cash Only)

5:30 -7:15 pm Traditional Acadian dinner with Robert Pendergast prepared at the Outdoor Clay Bake Oven, plus Traditional Candle Making Demonstration. Pre-Registration Requested

7:30-9:00 pm Soirées:

  • July 7: Dino Dunsford

  • July 14: Teresa Doyle and Friends

  • July 21: Leon Gallant

  • July 28: Meghan Blanchard

For more information, contact us at:,, or call 902-963-3168.

Air Conditioned and Wheelchair Accessible

The Friends of The Farmers’ Bank of Rustico wish to acknowledge the support of The Department of Canadian Heritage.


June 1 – September 30, Mon-Sat, 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
2188 Church Road, Route 243 off Route 6, South Rustico
The Farmers’ Bank of Rustico, a National Historic Site, operated from 1864 to 1894 as the first people’s bank in Canada. Now a museum, an exhibition describes the settlement of the community by the Acadians, and the establishment of the bank by Father Georges-Antoine Belcourt and the Acadians of Rustic; the Farmers’ Bank also is the centre for a Genealogical Centre of Rustico Acadian families. Next door, The Doucet House (c. 1722), an Acadian log house offers interpretive programs.


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