The oldest of the Acadian villages, Caraquet, was founded in 1757 by refugees from forcibly abandoned homesteads further south. It's now the quiet, working-class center of the peninsula's French community. Caraquet's colorful, bustling fishing port, off Blvd St Pierre Est, has an assortment of moored vessels splashing at the dock. East and West Blvd St Pierre are divided at Rue le Portage.
The tourist office and all of the local tour operators are found at the Carrefour de la Mer complex, with its Day Adventure Centre, restaurant and views down on the waterfront near the fishing harbor.