Thursday, November 25, 2010

Acadian Culture - Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has long been a favourite of mine - I came across this article today which I hope you enjoy.

"The spirit of l’Acadie runs deep in Nova Scotia. Throughout the province, there are reminders of the intrepid French settlers who first claimed Nova Scotia as their home in the seventeenth century: the historical sites, the culture, the language, the music, the food and the crafts.

At Port-Royal, Acadian history is reconstructed at the French Habitation, providing a glimpse into life as part of the first European settlement in Canada. See Acadian-built dykes as you journey to Grand-Pré National Historic Site, once home to the largest Acadian community on the Bay of Fundy and immortalized in Longfellow’s poem Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie.

Head up the Fundy coast from Yarmouth, along the Acadian shore, where you will pass through several French-speaking villages and marvel at the soaring beauty of Acadian churches, such as L’Église Saint-Alphonse or St Mary’s Church at Church Point. On the Southern Acadian Shore, the collection of Pubnico villages makes up the oldest Acadian settlement in the province. Their colourful history is celebrated at Le Village historique acadien, which takes you back to another age.

For a taste of Acadian music and culture, visit Church Point, an Acadian village dating back to 1761. It hosts the music-filled Festival acadien de Clare each summer. Cape Breton also has rich Acadian roots. Enjoy typical Acadian food in a local restaurant, watch the ancient art of rug hooking first-hand, and marvel at folk art in Chéticamp. The Acadian Museum at La Co-opérative Artisanale and Les Trois Pignons cultural and information centre will open the door to this area’s rich Acadian history."

For my favourite Nova Scotia holiday, please do visit Unique Properties of Nova Scotia

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