New Brunswick is the largest of the four Atlantic provinces of Canada. The first French settlers established their colony here 400 years ago, calling it Arcadia, after the famous Greek region known for its abundance of wealth. The Utrecht treaty in 1713 transferred the territory to England. The settlers that refused to pledge their allegiance to the British crown were deported to such places as Louisiana where the Acadians became known as Cajuns. Today, the French culture is still alive in the New Brunswick and its language spoken by about 300,000 people.
Vast sprawling forests cover almost 90% of the province's landmass, while thousands of kilometers of ocean shoreline support a bountiful fish and lobster fishing industry.