Break the piggy bank to take part in the Jeux de l’Acadie

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Jeux de l’Acadie final will take place as planned in Saint-Jean and Kishpamsis from 1 to 3 July.

Accommodation not offered, COVID obligatory

Unlike previous years, the placement of athletes in schools will not be possible this time. This decision was made in March, when the Omicron variant caused an increase in infections.

Luc Arceneau – CEO of the Jeux de l’Acadie (archived).

Photo: Radio Canada/Gilles Landry

jeunes”,”text”:”Pour nous, c’était la seule solution possible, parce qu’à cette époque, c’était pas possible de nourrir et loger 1300jeunes”}}”>For us, this was the only possible solution, because at that time it was not possible to feed and accommodate 1300 young people.says Luc Arceneau, CEO of Jeux de l’Acadie.

Thus, nine delegations of athletes and their families from four Atlantic provinces are responsible for traveling to southern New Brunswick at their own expense and at their own expense for accommodation. A first for the Jeux de l’Acadie, which usually offers athletes transport and accommodation.

Rooms over $300 per night

A quick search shows us that most of the hotels and motels are already full for the period July 1-3 in Saint-Jean.

Only four hotels still have a few rooms available for two adults and two children, priced between $300 and $500 per night.

Luc Arceneau wonders if some of the hotels are overpriced. This phenomenon happens almost everywhere, not only around the Jeux de l’Acadie, but also around several events that we are seeing this summer, when some hotels raise prices, perhaps for various reasons.

33 youngsters represented Newfoundland and Labrador at the 40th Jeux de l’Acadie Final in 2019.

Photo: courtesy of Gaston Letourneau

So access to the finals of the games depends a bit on everyone’s budget in the current inflationary climate.

This is not particularly true of the Jeux de l’Acadie philosophy. It’s always been for everyone involved […] which is why we are a little disappointed that this situation is happening and that, first of all, unfortunately, is out of our controlLuc Arceneau says

Note that the Canadian Hockey League (KHL) Memorial Cup tournament will be held in Saint-Jean, a few days before the Jeux de l’Acadie final, from June 20 to 29.

Possibility to travel in the evening and in the morning

Not all families had the opportunity to book a hotel room in advance, since the participation of an athlete is confirmed only at regional games. Some finals have taken place in recent weeks.

% que leur fille ou leur garçon allait qualifier pour la finale”,”text”:”Il y a beaucoup de parents qui sont allés de l’avant et qui ont réservé, même en n’étant pas certain à 100% que leur fille ou leur garçon allait qualifier pour la finale”}}”>There are many parents who went ahead and booked a seat even though they weren’t 100% sure their daughter or son would make it to the final.explains Luc Arceneau.

Luc Arceneau hopes that the Société des Jeux de l’Acadie will be able to provide accommodation, meals and transportation for athletes next year in Memramcook (archive).

Photo: Mariev Bezhen

He adds that some parents have chosen to stay in Sussex or even Moncton because of the lack of hotel rooms and high prices.

Unfortunately, the economy will go a bit out of Greater Saint-Jean, because there are many people who will be traveling in the evening and in the morning from afar, which means that the economy, the money, will go to other countries. municipalities, so this whole situation is very unfortunateLuc Arsenault admits.

Back to normal life next year?

Luc Arceneau hopes that this problem will not reoccur next year during the final of the games, which will be held in Memramcook, in the southeast of the province.

The immediate plans are to return to normal, so that we can accommodate young people, we would have transportation, we would have food for them, so yes, there would still be expenses for parents. […]but we, for our part, will carry out our philosophy of housing, feeding and transporting these young people to the fullest extent possible in order to limit costs as much as possible so that everyone can have access to them.he said.

About 1,100 athletes and over 600 volunteers take part in the 41st Jeux de l’Acadie finals.

According to Serge Bouchard