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Address: 51 Harbour Road (Old Cabot Trail Road), Grand Etang, Nova Scotia B0E 1L0, Canada
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+1 902-224-1016
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Le Centre de la Mi-Carême is devoted to the old French tradition of the...

Le Centre de la Mi-Carême is devoted to the old French tradition of the Mi-Carême or the Mid-Lent Break. In the midst of the 40 days of Lent, a group of people decided they deserved a break... and so the tradition was born. Dressing up, going house to house having others guess who is under the mask followed by kitchen parties, food & drink galore. The Mid-Lent break started as a day, and now lasts a whole week, ending in our very Centre with a Gala on the Saturday evening! As well as learning about our long living tradition, the gallery presents an array of beautiful handcrafted masks & papier maché masterpieces. Come on in and explore our crazy tradition to gain a taste of our culture. For those who want to dive right in, we offer workshops on the making and the painting of masks!

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What a neat little museum with interesting history! Rich Acadian History

We went here as part of a guided Caravan tour and would never have even found this on our own. The Mi-careme is the precursor of the Mardi Gras as we know it today. It is part... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2015
Bridgewater NJ USA
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Bakersfield, California
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

This was an absolutely delightful museum, both inside and out. The masques are a beautiful and interesting part of the local culture--we had no idea! The location of this museum is picturesque and a definite photo op.

Thank Fern W
long island, new york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

An interpretive center devoted entirely to a local holiday tradition. Not many interactive components here, but worth the effort to learn about local customs and history. Shed your preconceptions about expensive American-style costuming, such as at Halloween, because Mi-carême is not about being impressive but rather about neighborly fun and trickery. Touring the entire exhibition takes about an hour. A... More 

Thank julia m
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

A great little stop for my 9 and 10 year old. Growing up in an Acadian town, we were always visited my Mi-Caremes but we really didn't know much about the history, other then it happens in the middle of lent and kids got treats. My kids haven't had the experience of it, now that we live in Alberta, so... More 

Thank teeka33 .
Summerville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 27 August 2015

The essence of the carnival-like Mi-Careme is a spirit of joy, laughter and mockery that contrasts with the Lenten period of austerity, severity and penance leading up to Easter. Lent begins the day after Ash Wednesday and ends the day before Easter. Mi-Careme literally means the middle of Lent. The centre provides numerous displays that tell the history and story... More 

Thank Fred M
Bridgewater NJ USA
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

We went here as part of a guided Caravan tour and would never have even found this on our own. The Mi-careme is the precursor of the Mardi Gras as we know it today. It is part of tradition which led to a mid-Lent celebration to make the Lent observation less tedious. People who dress in costumes and would help... More 

Thank giftedelaine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Really got a kick out of this colorful, unique and off-the-wall museum!! Definitely recommend a stop!! We did not know that the Acadian people had a tradition of a Lent festival involving handmade elaborate face masks and costumes. The masks and costumes are worn to a masquerade party to keep their identity 'hidden' since they are not actually supposed to... More 

Thank EllaH1
Rhode Island
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

An old Acadian tradition worth investigating if you are in the area. The history and tradition of mask creation was interesting and the residents and staff take great pride in sharing the story with their visitors. The masks are intriguing and the staff go out of their way to demonstrate the art of crafting these masks with visitors. This center... More 

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Scarborough, Maine
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

This was one of our favorite stops during our trip to Cape Breton. It was really interesting to learn about this old Acadian masquerade tradition/celebration, and the mask collection was fascinating. We also found the docents to be exceptionally friendly and enthusiastic. Please do yourself a favor and check this place out!

12 Thank VOYJEAN
sunnyvale, ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2012

I really enjoyed this attraction, which presents a slice-of-life of this tucked-away community, as well as keeping a tradition enduring. The museum-keepers are welcoming - they showed us mask-making and rug-hooking in progress, and fed us homemade fudge. The masks are beautiful, and the multimedia exhibits are captivating. Fun for all ages.

2 Thank geri w

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