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New Systems for Old Stories Bridge to Pays de la Sagouine island Celebrating Acadian History & Culture at Pays de la Sagouine E very summer, tens of thousands of tourists cross the winding wooden bridge from Bouctouche, NB to a small and quaint Acadian-themed island and fishing village for a fun and informative trip back in time. Based on the classic works of New Brunswick novelist, playwright, and scholar Antonine Maillet, Pays de la Sagouine allows visitors to discover Acadian culture through unique characters, theatre, music, comedy, dance, and cuisine. The most celebrated of those characters is La Sagouine herself – the lovable and legendary washerwoman of Maillet’s fic- tional universe. In 2016, recognizing the longstanding cultural and economic impact of this unique attraction, the governments of Canada and New Brunswick announced an investment of nearly $800,000 to mod- ernize its offerings and ensure the experience could be treasured for years to come. 34 • PROFESSIONAL SOUND By Andrew King “Le Pays de la Sagouine is a key cultural and tourism icon in this region and one of the crown jewels of New Brunswick’s tourism industry,” said Kent South MLA Benoit Bourque at the time of the announcement. Federal Fisheries, Oceans, and Canadian Coast Guard Minister Dominic LeBlanc added that it’s “among the top tourist at- tractions in New Brunswick and a source of pride for Acadians every- where – especially in Bouctouche.” Up until her recent health-related retirement, actress Viola Léger had been bringing this bilingual title character to life for o