St. Mary’s Bay (Clare)
– A bubble of France in Acadia’s cradle

From the outset, it is important to know that the landscapes of the “French Coast” along St. Mary’s Bay is unforgettable. It was in 1604 during an expedition by Pierre Dugua de Mons, who was accompanied by Samuel de Champlain participating as a geographer and cartographer, that the bay took its name. The Mi’kmaqs called … Read more

Antigonish County
– With the help of the Cod King

After the founding of Isle Royale (now Cape Breton Island), Antoine Gaulin (born on Île d’Orléans and priest from the Seminary of Foreign Missions at Quebec) gathered in 1716 (according to the Mi’kmaqs) a large number of indeginous peoples from the Acadian Peninsula around his large Antigonish mission. It was located within British territory (English … Read more

Cumberland County
– The Elysean Fields of Minudie

Minudie is a small rural community located in the estuary of the Hebert River, named after Louis Hébert, one of the first Acadians and co-founder of Port-Royal, who navigated the waterway. In the oral history of the place it is said that members of the Mi’kmaq First Nation invited the people of Port-Royal to come … Read more

Chezzetcook (Halifax)
– A pleasant irony to know

Chezzetcook Cove, Labrecque Island and Grand Desert Beach, as well as Petit Lac and Bellefontaine, Bonin, Murphy and Petitpas streets are located approximately 30 kilometers east of downtown Halifax. Today, Chezzetcook is an integral part of the Halifax Regional Municipality (commonly known as Halifax). We know that French, Basque and Portuguese fishermen frequented these coasts … Read more

– From Pisiguit to Philadelphia’s Graveyard of the Poor

Pisiguit (now Windsor) takes its name from the Mi’kmaq word “Pesegitk” which means “Where the rising tide branches off” in reference to the junction of the Avon (formerly Pisiguit) and St. Croix rivers in the Minas Basin. The first settlers were young Acadians from Port-Royal who came around 1684, followed by the British in 1749 … Read more

Pubnico (Pobomcoup)
– Avenging deportation

At the outset, it’s important to know that the seascape of Pubnico in southwestern Nova Scotia is splendidly beautiful. Around 1650, the governor of Acadia, Charles de Saint-Étienne de la Tour, invited Philippe Mius d’Entremont, whose ascending genealogy is a puzzle, to become commander of the King’s troops. Three years later, the governor granted him … Read more

– A monument to the exceptional tenacity of a people

In 1665 in Port-Royal Pierre Melanson said La Verdure, stonemason, espoused at the age of 27 Marguerite-Anne Mius d’Entremont, aged 15. Between 1666 and 1679, six children were born of their union, namely Philippe-Charles (1666), Cécile (1668), Pierre (1670), Marie-Madeleine (1673), Marguerite (1676), and Isabelle Élisabeth (1679). The Melanson family left Port-Royal in 1680 to … Read more

– Beaubassin put to death by the French administration

Tantramar Marshes

Beaubassin, near the current town of Amherst in Nova Scotia, is the first and most important colony of the isthmus of Chignectou linking, prior to 1713, Canada and Acadia (before becoming Nova Scotia). At the time, the entire region, delimited by the Tantramar salt marshes along the Mésagouèche River (meaning muddy river in the Mi’kmaq … Read more