Treat yourself to a captivating itinerary with these 8 Must-See Acadian Settlements in Nova Scotia (that still stand today):
1. Glorious Grand-Pré Historic Site:
This historic Acadian settlement is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a poignant glimpse into Acadian heritage and history. Explore the picturesque landscapes of the Bay of Fundy (including the breathtaking Blomidon Provincial Park), and the Grand-Pré National Historic Site to uncover the stories of the endearing and colourful Acadian culture. Discover its poignant history as you learn about the struggles that Acadians faced during the Great Upheaval of the 18th century, and gain precious insight into Acadian traditions and way of life.
2. Heartwarming Historic Acadian Village of Pubnico:
The Pubnico area, also home to one of the oldest Acadian settlements in Nova Scotia is a remarkable standing tribute to Acadian resilience. In fact, its inhabitants are direct descendants of the original settlers! Experience authentic Acadian culture, visit local museums of interest such as the Historic Acadian Village of Nova Scotia, and indulge in flavourful traditional Acadian cuisine.
3. Cheerful Chéticamp:
Cheticamp is a lively Acadian fishing village located on Cape Breton Island known for its breathtaking natural beauty and vibrant Acadian traditions. Explore the stunning Cabot Trail with its breathtaking western ocean vistas, and hike the Chemin du Buttereau trail which includes vestiges of early Acadian settlers in the area, and the remaining foundations of their homes. Immerse yourself in the local Acadian lifestyle and history by visiting Les Trois Pignons Cultural Centre, which showcases astonishing artifacts, art and folklore from past times in the region.
4. Alluring Arichat:
Situated on Isle Madame, an island at the southwestern point of Cape-Breton, Arichat is also one of Nova Scotia’s oldest preserved Acadian settlements. Visit the Genealogy Centre and Community Archives, the LeNoir Forge Museum and Boat Barn which contain captivating exhibits recounting the region's fascinating seafaring past! Walk through the town’s historic streets, admire the well-preserved architecture, and visit important landmarks such as the Marache Point Lighthouse.
5. Picturesque Pomquet:
Nestled along the eastern coast of Nova Scotia, Pomquet is a picturesque Acadian settlement known for its tranquil beaches, scenic trails, and welcoming community. Explore the Pomquet Acadian Trail, visit the Pomquet Beach Provincial Park, and discover unique facets of its local Acadian history at the Pomquet Museum and Chez Deslauriers, a former Acadian home featuring a tea room and a unique interpretive centre filled with intriguing artifacts. This beautiful house is rumoured to have been moved from its original location in the 1800s to where it sits today by 20 oxen. Do you think this story is true?
6. Captivating Clare:
Located in Digby County, Clare is a vibrant Acadian part of the Baie Sainte Marie region along with communities like Church Point, Meteghan, and Saulnierville. Experience the Clare and Argyle region's wonderful Acadian hospitality, enjoy the thrill of stargazing the Acadian Skies & Mi’kmaw Lands from the Starlight Reserve, attend colourful and joyful festivals, and explore its stunning coastal landscapes. Dig for clams or go for a refreshing toe-dipping escapade at Mavillette beach provincial park, Belliveau's Cove or Smuggler's Cove. Taste an exquisite Rappie Pie or deliciously fresh seafood at La Cuisine Robicheau restaurant, and sip crisp wines at the new winery Maison Meuse!
7. Wonderful Wedgeport:
Situated on the southern coast of Nova Scotia, Wedgeport is a historic Acadian settlement renowned for its rich fishing heritage, in fact, competitive sport fishing is still an important local activity. Experience a unique and memorable visit to the Wedgeport Tuna Museum, uncover all sorts of amazing local stories, enjoy the scenic coastal views, and immerse yourself in local Acadian culture through all sorts of fun activities hosted by the community.
8. Inspiring Port Royal, Fort Anne and the Melanson Settlement:
While most of the original buildings were burned down in the conflicts opposing the French and the English and during the Acadian expulsion, explore a fascinating reconstruction of the Acadian habitation at Port-Royal. Embark on a fabulous voyage taking you almost 200 years into the past and get an enlightening glimpse of the lives lived there. The Melanson settlement too was burned down, but some impressive vestiges including the ingenious Acadian aboiteaux (dykes) and interpretive panels allow your imagination to be filled with moving life stories. Fort Anne Historic Site in Annapolis Royal is, with Port Royal, the "Cradle of Acadia", and offers some wonderfully enlightening glimpses into Acadia's culture and history. Treat yourself to a guided tour and get a comprehensive appreciation of life at this early Acadian settlement.
Let us know which one of these 8 must-see Acadian settlements of Nova Scotia impressed you the most!