While we like to gripe about the state of our roads, we easily forget that our ancestors did not have access, until the first half of the 20th century, to such a well-developed highway system. Moreover, they did not have the opportunity like us to travel ten of kilometers any day just to go shopping "in town". Let us not forget that a short car ride of some twenty minutes nowadays would have required, at the time, a trip of several hours. In short, travel was a luxury not available to everyone and was only resorted to when necessary.

Before the advent of the railway in the second half of the 19th century, travel was an activity chiefly practiced by waterway, since roads were scarce and in very bad condition. In fact, roads tended to look more like narrow paths and were often muddy, bumpy and murderous on carriage wheels, making the roads barely suited for the use of buggys and horses, let alone the first automobiles which arrived in Acadian communities in the 1910s. They certainly suffered a good deal of flat tires on those roads. Many people actually preferred walking to riding on the rough roads.

Because of this limited mobility, the boundaries of the village and of the church parish marked the limits of know territory for most people. News from the family and neighbours was the chief concern and news from the outside world was practically non-existent until the creation of the first newspapers, such as the Moniteur Acadien in 1867. Of course, Acadians could always resort to the postal service, which could be very slow, depending on the means of transportation. Even if the coming of the telephone to New Brunswick dates from the late 1880s, it was not very reliable. Indeed, several decades went by before telephones became widespread in Acadian homes.
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