19
Apr
09

Day 199 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: West Pubnico to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

 

This Is West Pubnico

A farmer chats on his phone on the main street in West Pubnico, which was founded in 1653 by Philippe Mius d’Entremont. It holds the distinction of being the oldest Acadian community still inhabited mainly by Acadians. In fact, most of today’s residents are descendants of the founder.

Pubnico, Nova Scotia is located in Nova Scotia
Pubnico, Nova Scotia
West Pubnico in Nova Scotia

 

West Pubnico is one of the top fishing ports in Nova Scotia by value of landings, and is home to 15 fish processing companies. Major species include haddock, cod, redfish, herring, lobster and scallops.

Parish leaving l’Église Saint-Pierre / St. Peter’s Church

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Main Street in the Village of West Pubnico

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Historical Acadian Village of Nova Scotia

Situated on a beautiful 17-acre site overlooking Pubnico harbour, Le Village historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse (Historical Acadian Village of Nova Scotia) invites you to step back in time and discover the construction and restoration of a village to depict Acadian life from the mid-1600s to the late 1800s. The statue of the Baron Philippe Mius d’Entremont, founder of Pubnico (est. 1653), welcomes you to the Village. The community of Pubnico is recognized as the oldest region still Acadian. Visit the old cemetery and learn about the religious history of the area. See vintage Acadian buildings currently undergoing restoration, including the Duon House with its gabled roof, the d’Entremont House and the Augustin d’Eon Fish Shed. Follow the cry of the seagull to the shoreline and discover the coastal environment and the salt marsh with its interesting flora and fauna and multitude of sea birds. Browse in our gift shop. There are modern accomodations and services nearby. Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse invites you to learn about the Acadians of Nova Scotia and how this unique and colourful culture survived the Deportation of 1755 to continue to thrive to this day. (from the Historical Acadian Village of Nova Scotia website.)

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Simon d’Entremont (October 28, 1788September 6, 1886) was a farmer and political figure in Nova Scotia of Acadian descent. He represented Argyle township in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1836 to 1840. D’Entremont and Frederick Armand Robicheau, elected in the same election, are believed to be the first Acadians elected to a legislative assembly in North America.

He was born in West Pubnico, Nova Scotia, the son of Bénoni d’Entremont and Anne-Marguerite Pothier. In 1810, he married Elizabeth Larkin. D’Entremont married Élisabeth Thériault in 1831 after the death of his first wife. He was defeated when he ran for reelection in 1840. D’Entremont served as a justice of the peace for Yarmouth County and was customs officer for the ports of Argyle from 1854 to 1864. He died in East Pubnico.

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Bernice d’Entremont tells the history and tales of the artifacts from the Acadian Museum and Archives.

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Patrick d’Entrement presents his Sunday School award.

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Taylor and Terri-Dawn hold hens at their Middle West Pubnico house.

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I met Micheal and Mary on the front steps of l’Église Saint-Pierre Church in town, and they invited me home for coffee, which turned into brunch. Micheal and Mary prepared me an Acadian Omlette, which is Lobster and eggs. Like so many Canadians, Micheal and Mary put their trust in me and allowed me to enter their home and share a glimpse of their life.

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Micheal and Mary put up their Acadian flag for the first time this year.

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Blair, a retired fisherman, stands at the front of his car which proudly sports an Acadian flag.

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Windmills produce the power in west Pubnico.

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Boating season is on!

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Jason and a friend try out their brand new outboard motor, a 25 horsepower Mercury.

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We make it to Cape Forchu that night. Wow, what an amazing Lighthouse!!!

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So many amazing sunsets on the shores of Nova Scotia!

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Reporting From The Canadian Landscape

Mya gives the thumbs up on a great day of exploring the beaches of Nova Scotia.

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4 Responses to “Day 199 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: West Pubnico to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia”


  1. 1 Michel/Mary d'Entremont
    April 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Tim it was a pleasure to bring you to our home and feed you an “Acadian Omelete”! To us this is what Canada is all about, living in a land of freedom and trust. I admire you and Heidi for living your dream, so many people never take that chance to live their dreams. You are capturing the heart of Canada in your mosiac and I sincerely hope that this website and hopefully a future book give all Canandians a taste of what a beautiful country Cananda truly is! Keep living your dreams!

  2. 2 CelebrateCanada2010
    April 23, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Tim I love that picture of Mya in the van expecting the great day!! She is a lovely dog – lots of heart.

    Mum Donna

  3. 3 ANNA WILSON
    May 3, 2009 at 4:26 am

    LOVE ALL PICT KEEP UP GOOD WORK HAVE GREAT DAY ANNA WILSON :):)

  4. 4 Janice Tyler
    July 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    David,Janice Tyler & Sandy out for their walk at the windmills.


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