The seaside town of Shediac, New Brunswick, is known as the Lobster Capital of the World, and the Province is now home to one of the most impressive lobster catches on record. An enormous 23 pound, estimated 100 year old lobster has been found in the Bay of Fundy and has been knighted King Louie by locals. Visitors looking for a Louie of their own can enjoy Destination Canada's Signature Experience, Lobster Tales, to learn how best to catch and cook lobster.
Visitors will begin their culinary experience in Shediac Bay, along the Acadian Coastal Route of New Brunswick, and be guided by expert lobster fishermen who will give lessons on how to haul, cook and savour a freshly caught lobster the local way. Lobsters are traditionally eaten with a lobster cracker or bare hands, and visitors are welcomed to use their own pincers at dinner time. After an on-board feast, a relaxing cruise along the scenic waters offers panoramic views of the Northumberland Strait and guests may even be privy to a rendition of an 'old salt' tale sung by the fishermen crew while heading back to land.
'Lobster Tales' offers visitors the chance to enjoy a delicious freshly cooked meal and learn about the story behind the food on their plates. As for Louie, the King was eventually returned to his liquid kingdom after a vegan paid $230 to save his shell. King Louie is not the only unusual specimen attracting visitors to New Brunswick, with an army of weird and wonderful sea creatures (bright yellow, blue jointed one sporting a heart shaped barnacle pattern on its back) on display at the Alma Lobster Shop that Louie briefly called home before returning to the sea.
Shediac is also home to a lobster whose size rivals King Louie's - the largest sculpture of the crustacean in the world, albeit man-made. From the 5th – 9th July 2017, the Province's annual Shediac Lobster Festival will be held in the town offering the chance to enjoy delicious seafood dishes, live entertainment and master classes in catching, shelling and cooking.