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Nova Scotia’s Acadians: The Pubnicos and Argyle

When the Acadians returned to Nova Scotia after the Great Expulsion much of their former land had been resettled by the New England Planters. They were able to settle in the Pubnicos, which is now the world’s oldest region that is still Acadian.

Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse, Lower West Pubnico, Nova Scotia
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Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse, Lower West Pubnico, Nova Scotia

Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse (Historical Acadian Village of Nova Scotia), in Lower West Pubnico, is a beautiful 17-acre site with buildings relocated here from neighboring Acadian communities.

Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse, Lower West Pubnico, Nova Scotia
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Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse, Lower West Pubnico, Nova Scotia

Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse, Lower West Pubnico, Nova Scotia
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Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse, Lower West Pubnico, Nova Scotia

Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse, Lower West Pubnico, Nova Scotia
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Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse, Lower West Pubnico, Nova Scotia

Costumed interpreters portray everyday life of Acadian families in the early 1900’s, when there was a flourishing fishery, significant shipbuilding, and farming.

Shelburne dory at Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse (Historical Acadian Village of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia
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Shelburne dory at Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse (Historical Acadian Village of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia

Local specialties like a lobster sandwich or Acadian rappie pie are available and accompanied by a panoramic harbor view at the café.  Ask for a picnic basket to enjoy lunch outside.

café at Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse, Nova Scotia
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café at Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse, Nova Scotia

There are salt hay stacks and nature trails that overlook Pubnico Harbour.

salt hay stacks at Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse, Nova Scotia
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salt hay stacks at Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse, Nova Scotia

Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse nature trail overlooking Pubnico Harbour Nova Scotia
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Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle Ecosse nature trail overlooking Pubnico Harbour Nova Scotia

On our way we spotted the Museé des Acadiens des Pubnicos & Research Centre, in West Pubnicos.

Musee der Acadiens des Pubnicos, Nova Scotia
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Musee der Acadiens des Pubnicos, Nova Scotia

There are  exhibits and family heirlooms on Acadian history and culture going back to 1653.  Resources are available for people who would like to trace this geneology.

Musee der Acadiens des Pubnicos, Nova Scotia
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Musee der Acadiens des Pubnicos, Nova Scotia

This is also a building with authentic Mi’kmaq arts and crafts for sale.

Mi'kmaq art,, Musee der Acadiens des Pubnicos, Nova Scotia
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Mi’kmaq art,, Musee der Acadiens des Pubnicos, Nova Scotia

Argyle

We checked in to our room at  Ye Olde Argyler Lodge, in Lower Argyle, in time for dinner complete with live music that ranged from “Sweet Baby James” to French Acadian favorites.

Ye Olde Argyler Lodge, Lower Argyle, Nova Scotia
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Ye Olde Argyler Lodge, Lower Argyle, Nova Scotia

The menu was varied, but the view of Lobster Bay was inspiration for the award-winning lobster poutine and lobster ravioli, savored with some of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley wine.

award-winning lobster poutine, Ye Olde Argyler Inn, Nova Scotia
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award-winning lobster poutine, Ye Olde Argyler Inn, Nova Scotia

2011 L'Acadie wine from Nova Scotia's Gaspereau Valley's Luckett Vineyards
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2011 L’Acadie wine from Luckett Vineyards in the Gaspereau Valley’s Luckett Vineyardsof Nova Scotia

An after-dinner bonfire was lit in time to enjoy sunset over the Tusket Islands.

sunset, Ye Olde Argyle Inn, Nova Scotia
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sunset, Ye Olde Argyle Inn, Nova Scotia

We awoke early to enjoy more serenity and reflections on the glasslike water.

morning reflection on water at Ye Olde Argyler, Nova Scotia
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morning reflection on water at Ye Olde Argyler, Nova Scotia

It was lobster omelets for breakfast before heading for the Loyalist Town of Shelburne.

lobster omelet, Ye Olde Argyler Inn, Nova Scotia
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lobster omelet, Ye Olde Argyler Inn, Nova Scotia

 

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