The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) created the Acadian Geocache trail to encourage tourists / visitors / amateurs of the geocache game to stop and visit Acadian communities of Nova Scotia.

As of now, there are two (2) "caches" in each Acadian region for geocachers to discover. In addition to traveling to the Acadian regions of the province, geocachers can complete a passport to be awarded a prize (geocoin) if he finds at least four (4) out of the twelve caches belonging to our path (Argyle, Clare, Grand Pré, Pomquet, Isle-Madame, and Chéticamp). Geocoins are personalized with the Acadian flag and the map of Nova Scotia. The geocoins are equipped with tracking numbers to enable us to follow the promotion of Acadian tourism around the world when a participant decides to recycle his prize.
Geocache passeport COUV

The passport, which must be used to win a geocoin, can be printed from our website by clicking here.

The participant must make a hole in his passport using the punch in the cache. Completed passports are to be sent to the project coordinator. As soon as the passport is validated with 4 holes, the geocoin is sent to the participant.

CDÉNÉ is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economic well-being and quality of life of Acadians and Francophones in Nova Scotia. Thanks to our innovative leadership in economic development and employability, the Acadian and Francophone community, with its cultural and linguistic heritage, is achieving its full economic potential.

Nova Scotia’s Acadie invites you to enjoy unique and engaging experiences, discovering its culture through its cuisine, traditions, music, language, history and natural environment; an adventure full of color, as we as flavor, and guarantees the creation of unforgettable memories. Interaction with Acadians will be an essential component of this enriching cultural experience.

It was in Nova Scotia that the first Francophones of the New World, the Acadians, came to settle in 1605. Prosperity, independence, desolation and rebirth will in turn mark their history. The way of life of Acadian communities is borrowed from generosity, conviviality and spirit of mutual assistance; Come and join the Acadians of Nova Scotia, nowhere else will you find such a warm welcome and willingness to share their culture.

Nova Scotia's Acadian today is about 37,000 Francophones in five major coastal regions. It's up to you to discover it ... Those who live it will be happy to unveil it!

(the current page displays the steps of a tourist circuit created by the CDÉNÉ. You can access the complete circuit by clicking here).

Days 13&14

  • Continue your visit to the Pomquet area in the morning and depart for Halifax with a night in the capital
  • Travel distance: 233 km
  • Travel time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

To get to Halifax, get off Highway 104 to Exit 15 to reach Highway 102. Follow this road to the destination. The provincial capital offers a multitude of things to see and do. See the travel guide "Doers and Dreamers" to learn about tourist attractions and services.

An early morning departure will allow you to arrive in Halifax around noon. You will have all the afternoon and evening to start your visit to this great city.

Halifax - A night in the capital

The Regional Municipality of Halifax is located in the middle of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, on the southeastern coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The region currently covers an area of 5,495.7 square kilometers. Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia and has a population of over 403,390, or about 43.7% of the total population of the province.

The Trans-Canada Highway and main highways 101, 102 and 103 converge on Halifax. Robert L. Stanfield International Airport serves the region and the entire province. In addition, Halifax is accessible by rail and sea. The Port of Halifax is recognized as one of the largest natural harbors in the world.

The Halifax region extends over a long-occupied territory of the Mi'kmaq Nation. Originally, it was named Chebucto from the Micmac term, 'Chebookt' which means 'Chief Harbor' primary harbour.
The city of Halifax was founded in 1749 by Governor Edward Cornwallis who established a military base there. The British needed Halifax to balance the distribution of power in the region. At the time, the French fortress of Louisbourg, located to the northeast, on Cape Breton Island, threatened British interests with respect to the Atlantic fisheries and its lands obtained from France by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. Strategically, the British installed their batteries on McNabs Island, on the North West Arm, on the cape where the current Point Pleasant Park is located on the site of this Redoubt-York. Cornwallis built several small wooden forts in the area, including one on the large hill overlooking Halifax and the harbor. This humble fort was to become one of North America's largest military structures, The Halifax Citadel.

Although the Acadian community was already established in the village of Chezzetcook, the presence of Acadian Francophones in the city of Halifax was felt more and more. In 1903, the founding of the Alliance française, a social and cultural association, enabled the regional Francophonie of Halifax to organize itself even more. In search of jobs, Acadians and Francophones in the province gradually settled in the region during the periods World War I and II.

Now that you've had some Acadian history in Halifax, have a coffee at Chezzetcook Acadian House (circa 1850) on Route 107, Exit 20 to Route 207. The Halifax Citadel has plenty of activities, and historical reenactments. The largest Titanic cemetery is also in the city of Halifax. Halifax's harbourfront has a 4-kilometer-long seaside promenade offering many things to see, do and eat along the way. Nova Scotian culture can be experienced at various events, musical activities and fine dining all along the way. Take advantage and explore. For more information visit

The largest concentration of French-speaking people in Nova Scotia live in the Halifax metropolitan area. According to Statistics Canada's 2016 Census, there are more than 10,140 Francophones in the region and 1,775 people who report English and French as first languages. The number of Francophones in the HRM is 49,585 or 12.3% of the population.


(the current page displays the steps of a tourist circuit created by the CDÉNÉ. You can access the complete circuit by clicking here).

Day 12

  • Departure from Chéticamp and travel to the region of Pomquet
  • Travel distance: 195 km
  • Travel time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

One night in the community of Pomquet

There is no rush today. Take the time to have lunch peacefully and prepare for your departure without hurrying. Leaving Chéticamp late in the morning will leave you plenty of time to reach Pomquet to enjoy an afternoon at the beach, or to hike along the coast.

Leaving Chéticamp, go down Cabot Trail and take Highway 105 towards Port Hawkesbury. Cross the town and after a short distance you have already reached the Canso Causeway. Leave Cape Breton Island via the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue on towards Antigonish. After traveling approximately 35 minutes, you will see the signs for Pomquet.

Pomquet, dunes and sandy beaches

Pomquet is the smallest of the Acadian regions of Nova Scotia. Founded in 1774 by the establishment of five families (Doiron, Duon, Broussard, Vincent, Lamarre) from Saint-Malo in France, the region borders part of the banks of St. Georges Bay.

This peaceful region contains sandy beaches with sand dunes of significant ecological importance. The beach of Pomquet stretches for nearly 2 kilometers and a half, and a system of thirteen dunes found along 4 kilometers, occupies its background. A provincial park provides basic services to accommodate swimming and picnics. This beach is also an important Maritime nesting site for the Piping Plover, a small shorebird with endangered status.

The region has Bed and Breakfast and cottage accommodations. There is no conventional restaurant within the limits of Pomquet. In season, a dining experience is available on Fridays at the tourist site Chez Deslauriers. The town of Antigonish, fifteen minutes from Pomquet, offers a variety of restaurants and accommodations.

The Chicken Fricot is one of the traditional dishes in the area. It is a chicken soup with potato cubes seasoned with salted herbs and covered with small dumplings.

Chez Deslauriers is also an interpretive center that presents the Acadian history of the region. There is also a small platform for outdoor concerts with local musicians. Inquire for the schedule of the events. This site also marks the departure of the Acadian Trail of Pomquet; a 4-kilometer hike to discover the coast and surrounding lands of Monks Head Provincial Reserve.

The people of Pomquet are proud of their home.
After washing their floor, they will " forbir la place" - wax the floor
This work will surely be missed by "Lacer" - to tire them.

To learn more:

(the current page displays the steps of a tourist circuit created by the CDÉNÉ. You can access the complete circuit by clicking here).

Day 9

  • Travel on the Cabot Trail, one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world!
  • Overnight in Chéticamp
  • Travel distance: 280 km
  • Travel time: 6 hours including frequent stops along the Cabot Trail.

This winding road with frequent climbs and descents, has lookouts overlooking spectacular views. A journey of 10 to 12 hours is expected to appreciate its splendor.

Take the highway from Louisbourg to Hwy 125 where you will drive in the direction of North Sydney / Baddeck to Hwy 105. Continue on this road to the entrance to the Cabot Trail. At the entrance, turn right and take your time on this picturesque road. At the end of this drive, you will arrive at the village of Cheticamp, where you will spend the night and the next two days.

Days 10 and 11

The Chéticamp region extends approximately 40 kilometers from the bridge over the Margaree River to the western entrance to Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Here the mountains meet the sea, on the Cabot Trail.

In the early days, the Chéticamp region was a seasonal fishing port under the control of Huguenot families on Île Jersiais, a small Channel Island between France and England. In 1782, there were only two permanent Acadian families in the area: the families of Pierre Bois and Joseph Richard. In 1790, the British Crown grants lots of land to14 family heads, better known under the name of "Fourteen Elders". From there, these lands were divided between the 26 families then present in the area. This is the official start of Chéticamp. The descendants of these families (Aucoin, LeBlanc, Boudreau, Chiasson, Deveau, Maillet, Gaudet and Poirier) are still numerous in this part of Acadia.

A long tradition of hospitality characterizes this region. Its location directly on the Cabot Trail, near Cape Breton Highlands National Park, plays a very important part. This park is the oldest national park in the Atlantic Provinces.

Whether you are looking for a campground, a bed and breakfast, a motel room or a luxury chalet, the region has a wide range of accommodations. The same goes for the culinary sector.

A regional specialty: Morue en cabane, potatoes and cod cooked together slowly. Formerly, the fishermen spent the nights of the week in huts built on the beach, and in doing so, they were ready to go to sea at daybreak. After their day's work finished, back to their huts they went, the men cooked the fresh cod seasoned with chives and garnished with small squares of salted bacon. The fish on a plate of metal, which also served as a cover for the cauldron in which potatoes boiled, a simple and quick mode of cooking.

Maybe you'd rather eat "chancre" (snow crab) because you've been eating fish "à jove" (recently). In this case, you will have to "t’émoyer" (inform yourself) to the locals, to learn where the best is served. If, unfortunately, you run out of time, you will be told to "d’espèrer" (to wait) until tomorrow.

Local musicians are widely broadcast on CKJM Community Radio at 106.1 FM. Several musical, dance and theater shows take center stage throughout the summer season.

Do not forget the celebrations of the Festival de l'Escaouette and the Mi-Carême Festival at the end of winter.

Whale watching is a popular activity in Cheticamp.

In general, the outdoors in many forms is in the spotlight: mountain bike or by road, sea kayaking, swimming, wildlife watching, golf, hiking, etc.

A must-see: the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park for a chance to meet moose and for a breathtaking view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. With 26 scenic park trails, ranging from easy trails in the forest to steep paths at the edge of the ocean. Look around! You might spot small mink, whales or humpback whales jumping out of the water. To participate in the park's experiences, please visit

Are you interested in art and crafts? Do not miss the gallery of the "hooked" carpet (crocheted) located at Les Trois Pignons, or the shops of artists and artisans. The Trois Pignons community center is also the local tourist information center.

The Mi-Carême Centre will immerse you in the festive world of this popular celebration more than a century.

To learn more:

(the current page displays the steps of a tourist circuit created by the CDÉNÉ. You can access the complete circuit by clicking here).

Days 6&7

  • Isle Madame: an island at the heart of an island, on the heritage coast of Cape Breton.

Do you feel a little tired after all these days of discovery and travel? An oasis of peace welcomes you. A sheltered place always adroit to family values and a simple way of life, where natural coastal landscapes of great beauty are offered to you; Isle Madame welcomes you.

Isle Madame is actually a collection of small islands interconnected by bridges. Long before the arrival of the Europeans, Mi'kmaq Indians had long frequented the area for the gathering of medicinal and ceremonial plants. Half way through the 16th century, the family Basques, attracted by the nearby fish-bearing waters, initially set up seasonal fishing camps. Later, they would inhabit to the area permanently. It was not until about 1640 that the first Acadian family (Fougère) came to stay there.

The defeat of the Fortress of Louisbourg in 1758, and the destruction of all Acadian settlements along the coast at that time, led to the departure of the Acadian population.
The arrival of the Robin family in 1765, traders from Jersey, would restore the fishing industry and mark the return of Acadian families. Finally the arrival of Father François Lejantel accompanied by a contingent of 150 Acadians, deported to the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, would consolidate the Acadian presence in this region.

Today the names of Boudreau, Samson, LeBlanc and Landry, to name but a few, are still reside on Isle Madame. The regional genealogy is preserved at the community center La Picasse located in Petit-de-Grat. To learn more:

The traditional meat pie is always prepared in the area. This is a thick crust pie with topped beef cubes that have been simmered with onions and salted pork. Meat broth is used to disentangle the dough that will cover the bottom and top of the pie. Everything is then steamed.
Seafood and especially crustaceans are abundant on the island.

On the menu of the local Acadian speech:
it is "mal aisé" - it is not easy,
a "pigou" - a lock for lobster cages,
a "picasse" - an artisanal anchor fashioned from tree branches and stones as weight.

The local community Radio Richmond Cooperative Limited promotes local artists 104.1 FM.

The practice of sailing, sea kayaking and scuba diving is eased by the presence of many wharves and innumerable bays and coves around the island. Bird watching is also an activity of local interest.

The beautiful ecological trail of Cap-Auguet begins in Boudreauville, alongside a variety of coastal habitats over a distance of 9 kilometers. The splendor of the landscapes of Isle Madame is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for painters and photographers who appreciate the tranquility of the place to indulge freely in their art.

Isle Madame Historical Society & LeNoir Forge Museum
The Isle Madame Historical Society is a non-profit organization devoted to collecting and presenting the rich history of the local area.
Our site is made up of a Genealogy Centre, Community Archives, The LeNoir Forge Museum, The Boat Barn containing exhibits and information on our seafaring past, a gift shop and other shanties used for exhibits. Throughout each summer season we hold a variety of events that are open to the public.

LeNoir Forge Museum
The LeNoir Forge was originally built in 1793 by Thomas LeNoir and his brother Simon.
Both were natives of France. They were skilled locksmiths; however the monetary return for their labor was not as rewarding as hoped and they eventually returned to regular blacksmithing. During this period of history shipbuilding and repair was flourishing on Isle Madame. The forge produced materials that were used in this industry. By the end of the 19th century the heyday of wooden sailing ships was over, business dwindled and the forge eventually fell into disrepair.

The LeNoir Forge Museum houses a working forge operated by volunteers, a collection of tools and artifacts that tell some of the stories of the people of Isle Madame. The museum is open weekdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in June. In July and August, it is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00pm. The remainder of the year, the museum is open by appointment.

Pondville Beach and Martinique Provincial Park are also places to explore during your visit.

The Groundswell not only offers meals and accommodations, they also rent out kayaks, stand up paddleboards, surfboards and bicycles with all the equipment needed to make you experience safe. The trails and the waterways are exceptional in this area.

Isle Madame Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Festival
For all the music lovers out there of Bluegrass and old time country, come and tap your feet to the now annual event. Guaranteed to be toe tapping fun!

Isle Madame Yacht Race
The Arichat Cup, an in-harbour 16 mile race, for members from local yacht clubs, is a Canadian Yachting Association sanctioned yacht race.
For the past number of years, the Arichat Cup has been, making it an exciting close quarter race. Spectators are able to watch the event and follow the race from both sides of Arichat Harbour.
Always a good race with lots of steady winds, the Arichat Cup provides a venue for boaters to develop their sailing skills. The race has always been part of a weekend party (rendezvous) held in July (weather permitting) and includes good food and drink.

Petit-de-Grat Acadian Festival
On the second weekend of August, the community celebrates its culture with music, dance, a softball tournament, a community lunch, and an annual shark fishing tournament and other activities. Join the community in celebration! For more details on this festival, please visit

An outdoor music festival that was started as a way to stimulate the economy during the moratorium of the fishing industry in the region. This festival takes place annually in July on the site of LeNoir Forge in Arichat. Please check out the 'Grow Isle Madame' group on Facebook for more details.

Day 8

  • Visit of the Fortress of Louisbourg
  • Travel distance: 150 km
  • Travel time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Leaving Isle Madame, take Highway 104 towards St. Peter's and continue on until the highway becomes Highway 4. Watch for signage for Highway 125 towards Sydney, which will take you to Exit 8. This exit is on Route 22 which will take you to the village of Louisbourg. Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is a short distance from the village.

A visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg will immerse you in the early 18th century. It will take you into the daily life of the garrison and the inhabitants of the first French fortress in the New World. Do not speak English at the entrance of its doors. The guards on duty could seize you and lead you to the dungeon, under the pretext that you could be an English spy. This fortress is the largest reconstruction of a historic city in North America.

Due to the sheer scale of the place, you will definitely want to spend a minimum of three hours on this site.

To find a place to stay, the Nova Scotia "Doers and Dreamers Travel Guide" will make your job easier, or visit

Near the fortress is the beginning of a coastal hiking trail. It leads to the Louisbourg lighthouse. This moderate difficulty hike normally takes two to three hours. Inquire on the spot or visit

While in Louisbourg, be sure to participate in and 18th Century dining experience at the Beggars Banquet.

(the current page displays the steps of a tourist circuit created by the CDÉNÉ. You can access the complete circuit by clicking here).

Day 5

  • Grand Pré National Historic Site
  • Travel distance: 203 km
  • Travel time: 2 hours and 23 minutes
  • When leaving Saint Mary’s Bay, take Highway 101 to Exit 10. Then follow Route 1 to Grand-Pré.

Grand Pré is a Parks Canada National Historic Site. It commemorates the establishment of the Acadians on the banks of the Minas Basin and their deportation, which began there in 1755. Equipped with an impressive interpretation center, this site celebrates the courage of the Acadian people. These people who fought against the greatest tides in the world, who said no to the war and despite their deportation, will have maintained their cultural identity.

(the current page displays the steps of a tourist circuit created by the CDÉNÉ. You can access the complete circuit by clicking here).

Days 3&4:

  • Clare Region (St. Mary's Bay)
St. Mary’s Bay has the highest concentration of Acadians in Nova Scotia, with more than 8,000 residents. This region and its close neighbor (Par-en-Bas) occupy the southwestern part of the province.

The Clare region stretches more than 50 km along St. Mary's Bay between Saint-Bernard and Salmon River. Its origins go back to 1768 with the arrival in Grosses Coques of the family of Joseph Dugas. With twelve other families they came to form the Acadian core of this municipality.

Spending the night: you will be spoiled for choices. There are bed and breakfasts, inns, motel, cabins, campgrounds and even yurts! The hospitality of the people of this corner of Acadia is surely not to be missed.

On the culinary side, there is something for everyone. From the à la carte to the snack bar, to the family-style restaurant; your appetite will be satisfied. Rappie pie is the traditional dish of choice in this region. It consists of a paste based on potato pulp garnished with chicken meat. The pulp, after being initially juiced, is moistened again with the chicken's cooking juices. The meat is then added and all is placed in a shallow dish for baking. To your surprise you will find that this dish can be eaten with molasses. Traditional Acadian meals stem from a daily kitchen of necessity. Today, regional cuisine is full of seafood dishes, which abound in the regions of Clare and Par-en-Bas as well.

Musique de la Baie
During the months of July, August and September, the musicians of the region perform in the various restaurants participating in the program. Visitors are invited to participate!

Listen. You might hear some typical Southwestern expressions:
"j’va havrer" - I'll park my car,
"tes réguines" - your little nick nacks or your small items,
and "keisser" - a greeting of the hand.

With the many talented musicians and song writers from the area, locals can be heard in several restaurants and inns in the area. CIFA 104.1 FM Community Radio broadcasts daily music from local artists. CIFA is also available in Par-en-Bas.

Visit Rendez-vous de la Baie, the Acadian cultural and interpretive center located on the Université Sainte-Anne campus in Church Point. The center, open all year long, includes a museum of Acadian exhibitions, an art gallery run by the local arts council, a theatre, an Internet café, and cultural programming. The tourist information center is managed from May to November.

Take a hike on the trails of Les Petit Bois and the new lighthouse with various interpretive panels inside linking the history of the area, and the nature of the surroundings.

Visit the large scenic Mavillette Beach and the new park at Cape Sainte-Marie Lighthouse.

Cycling along St. Mary’s Bay during the Gran Fondo at the end of September and experience the spectacular scenery and vibrant hospitality of the Acadians,

Experience the "Les beaux vendredis" lobster and shellfish dinners every Friday during July and August from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Belliveau’s Cove wharf.

Whether you choose to visit the St. Mary's Church Museum: the largest wooden church in North America,
or hike along a beach, to participate in one of the popular festivals, the most imposing of which is without a doubt the Acadian Festival of Clare

St. Mary’s Bay has numerous boutiques of local artisans and artists.

You will certainly not be without any entertainment during your visit to St. Mary’s Bay.

(the current page displays the steps of a tourist circuit created by the CDÉNÉ. You can access the complete circuit by clicking here).

Days 1&2

  • Starting point: Yarmouth, NS
  • First stop: The region of Par-en-Bas
  • Travel distance: 27 km
  • Travel time: 15 minutes (From Yarmouth you can take Highway 3 or Highway 103 which will take you to Tusket)

Par-en-Bas, part of the Municipality of Argyle, is in Yarmouth County, southwestern Nova Scotia. The French presence in this region is strong with a population of approximately 3,600 Acadians. This area is 1,519 square kilometers and the population is mostly located along the coast, especially in the villages of East and West Pubnico, Argyle, Sainte-Anne du Ruisseau, Surette Island and surrounding areas, Tusket, Quinan, Plymouth, Wedgeport, and Butte des Comeau.

Historically, the region of Par-en-Bas is unique. The Acadians occupied it already before the Great Upheaval (the deportation of 1755-1763) and as of 1767, several families (Amirault, Belliveau, d'Entremont, d’Eon, Mius etc.) returned to reclaim a part of the territory. The people of this region are very attached to their cultural heritage. Even today, they converse with each other using several words from their ancestral language.

Expressions such as "our eusses" - our eyebrows, or the terms used to count some tens: "septante" for seventy (70), "huitante" pronounced huiptante for eighty (80), "nonante" pronounced ‘nenante’ (90) are examples.

Are you interested in genealogy? A visit to the Acadian Museum and Research Center West Pubnico is required. Who knows, you could have Acadian roots?

Feeling nostalgic for life, or just want to learn more about it? The Acadian Historical Village of Nova Scotia, also located in West Pubnico, is waiting for you.

Take a tour of the oldest court and prison in Canada, here in Tusket.

You are passionate about sport fishing! Meet at the Tuna Sport Fishing Museum and Wedgeport Interpretive Center.

Do you like watching birds? Canada's largest colony of Roseate Terns (dew) is found on the Green Islands near the Lower West Pubnico Village.

If you want to discover the music, dance and culinary delights of Par-en-Bas, participate in various festivals that take place in different villages in the Argyle region.

Culinary specialties of the region:
The seafood chowder, molasses cookies, or the creamed lobster.

A booklet of 50 things to do offers our visitors an inventory of what to see and do. All the attractions of the region In addition to various authentic experiences for your pleasure are available in the region of Argyle, please consult the website of the Municipality for more information.

Musique de la Baie; During the months of July, August and September, the musicians of the region perform in the various restaurants participating in the program. Visitors are invited to participate! Please consult

A good way to locate and visit most of the tourist attractions in Par-en-Bas and Saint Mary’s Bay is to complete the Acadian Shores Interpretive Tour. This self-guided tour will take you to discover twenty-five important cultural sites across these two regions.

Come sail in our waters
The Argyle District Municipality welcomes you to experience our coastal waters. The many peninsulas, entrances and rivers as well as the 230 islands are a pleasure to explore. The picturesque lighthouses and shanty’s on the Tusket Islands, as well as the impressive fleet of 50-foot lobster boats moored in the commercial fishing docks show how important the fishery is and is still in this area. Fill your lungs with clean sea air; Come visit our calm waters and leave your busy life at home.

Tusket Island Tours
Set off on Captain LeBlanc's modern fishing boat where you can embark on a historic adventure through islands filled with rich culture and history. You'll learn how to haul a real lobster trap and see the process a real lobster fisherman would go from day to day. You will stop on Big Tusket Island. You will visit LeBlanc's private fishing shanty where you will be served fresh local seafood chowder prepared from a traditional recipe. After being filled with delicious seafood, you can enjoy live entertainment over an hour of sailing to the Wedgeport dock.

Acadian Skies and Mi'kmaq Land
With a vast and pristine wilderness at its heart, Acadian Skies and Mi'kmaq lands in Nova Scotia cover all of the Argyle, Clare and Yarmouth municipalities in southwestern Nova Scotia. This region is the first UNESCO-Starlight certified tourist destination in North America and is an integral part of the Yarmouth & Acadian Shores tourism region.

Join us to celebrate a unique window to the universe in Canada and the United States. The clear, dark skies of the Bon Temps region of southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada, provide blazing views of the night sky and the Milky Way!

Deep Sky Eye Observatory
Tim Doucette is an amateur astronomer with a passion for sharing and photography of the night sky and yes, he is legally blind. Have you seen the Milky Way? The rings of Saturn? The spiral arms of distant galaxies? Come discover the night sky in the way it should be seen. Located 20 minutes from Tusket, the first certified starlight tourism destination in North America. Its mission is to take you to an experience toward the galaxies and to inspire you to look at the stars and give you a better understanding of the universe in which we live.

Tourist circuit: Discover the French Acadian culture of Nova Scotia!

The CDÉNÉ has prepared a 14-day tourist circuit, for anyone to discover the amazing Acadian culture across our beautiful province.
This circuit was designed to facilitate the organization of any traveller's trip to Nova Scotia, and to offer you the best experience if you want to improve your knowledge of the culture and the patrimony of our vibrant Acadian French culture.
(please note: the distances and trip durations given in these pages are an approximate estimate based on normal driving speed)

This tourist circuit is divided as follows:

Days 1 & 2 = Argyle Region
Days 3 & 4 = Clare Region
Day 5 = Grand-Pré Region
Days 6 to 8 = Isle-Madame Region
Days 9 to 11 = Chéticamp Region
Day 12 = Pomquet Region
Days 13 & 14 = Halifax Region


(cette page présente les étapes d'un itinéraire touristique proposé par le CDÉNÉ. L'itinéraire complet est disponible en cliquant ici)

Jour 12

  • Départ de Chéticamp et déplacement vers la région de Pomquet
  • Distance à parcourir : 195 km
  • Temps de déplacement : 2 heures et 30 minutes

Une nuitée dans la région de Pomquet

Rien ne vous presse aujourd’hui. Prenez le temps de déjeuner paisiblement et de préparer votre départ sans vous hâter. En quittant Chéticamp tard le matin, vous aurez amplement de temps pour vous rendre à Pomquet afin de profiter d’un après-midi à la plage, ou de réaliser une randonnée à pied le long de la côte.

En laissant Chéticamp, descendez la Piste Cabot et prenez l’autoroute 105 en direction de Port Hawkesbury. Traversez cette ville et après une courte distance vous êtes déjà rendu à le pont-jetée de Canso. Quittez l’île du Cap-Breton via la Transcanadienne. Poursuivez votre route en direction d’Antigonish. Après avoir voyagé approximativement 35 minutes, vous apercevrez la signalisation routière pour Pomquet.

Pomquet, des dunes et des plages sablonneuses

Pomquet est la plus petite des régions acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Fondée en 1774 par l’établissement de cinq familles (Doiron, Duon, Broussard, Vincent, Lamarre) originaires de Saint-Malo en France, la région borde une partie des berges de la Baie Saint-Georges.

Cette région paisible renferme des plages sablonneuses avec des dunes de sable d’une importance écologique non négligeable. La plage de Pomquet s’étire sur près de 2 kilomètres et demi, et un système de treize dunes, d’une longueur de 4 kilomètres, occupe son arrière-plan. Un parc provincial y est aménagé et offre des services de base pour accommoder la baignade et les pique-niques. Cette plage est également un site de nidification important des Maritimes pour le Pluvier siffleur, un petit oiseau des rivages ayant le statut d’espèce menacée.

La région compte trois gîtes du passant et un établissement d’hébergement en chalets. Il n’existe pas de restaurant conventionnel dans les limites de Pomquet. En saison un casse-croûte opère de manière irrégulière à la maison Chez Deslauriers. Néanmoins la ville d’Antigonish, à quinze minutes de Pomquet, offre une panoplie de restaurants et de lieux d’hébergement.

Le Fricot à la poule est un des mets traditionnels de l’endroit. Il s’agit d’une soupe au poulet avec cubes de pommes de terre assaisonnée d’herbes salés et recouverte de petites pâtes de type « dumplings ».

Chez Deslauriers, c’est aussi un centre d’interprétation qui présente l’histoire acadienne de la région. On y trouve de plus une petite estrade pour la tenue de concerts en plein air avec des musiciens locaux. Renseignez-vous sur place pour l’horaire des événements. Ce site marque également le départ du Sentier acadien de Pomquet; une randonnée pédestre de 4 kilomètres pour vous faire découvrir la côte et les terres avoisinantes de la Réserve provincial de Monks Head.

Les gens de Pomquet sont fiers de leur demeure. Après avoir lavé leur plancher, ils vont « forbir la place » - cirer le plancher. Ce travail ne manquera sûrement pas de les « lacer » - de les fatiguer.

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Jour 5

  • Le lieu historique national de Grand-Pré
  • Distance à parcourir : 203 km
  • Temps de déplacement : 2 heures et 23 minutes
  • En quittant la Baie Ste Marie, prenez l’autoroute 101 jusqu’à la sortie 10. Ensuite, suivez la route 1 pour rejoindre le lieu historique de Grand-Pré.

Grand-Pré est un lieu historique national de Parcs Canada. Il commémore l’établissement des Acadiens sur les berges du Bassin des Mines et leur déportation qui y débuta en 1755. Muni d’un impressionnant centre d’interprétation, ce site célèbre le courage du peuple Acadien. Ce peuple qui affronta les plus grandes marées du monde, qui aura dit non à la guerre et qui malgré sa déportation, aura maintenu son identité culturelle.

En quittant Grand-Pré, prenez l’autoroute 101 en direction de Halifax/Windsor jusqu’au Bedford Highway. À partir de Bedford, prenez l’autoroute 102 en direction de l’aéroport international Robert L. Stanfield et de Truro.
Dépassez Truro sur une courte distance et surveillez la sortie pour le Cap-Breton.
Vous vous trouvez maintenant sur la Transcanadienne (autoroute 104). La Transcanadienne est vous mènera jusqu’à l’entrée de l’Île du Cap-Breton.
En arrivant sur l’île, prenez la route 4 et ensuite rejoindre l’autoroute 104 jusqu’à la sortie 26 (route 320).

En quelques moments vous aurez le plaisir d’être sur l’île pittoresque d’Isle Madame, où vous passerez la nuit et les deux prochaines journées.

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Jours 6 à 8

  • L’Isle Madame : une île au cœur d’une île, sur le littoral patrimonial du Cap- Breton.

Vous vous sentez un peu fatigué après tous ces jours de découvertes et de voyage? Une oasis de paix vous accueille.
Un endroit des plus sécuritaires reposant toujours sur des valeurs familiales et un mode de vie simple, où s’offrent à vos yeux des paysages côtiers naturels d’une grande beauté; l’Isle Madame vous souhaite la bienvenue.
L’Isle Madame est en fait une collection de petites îles interconnectées par des ponts.

Bien avant l’arrivée des Européens, les indiens Mi’kmaqs ont longtemps fréquenté l’endroit pour la cueillette de plantes médicinales et cérémoniales.
Dès la moitié du 16ième siècle les Basques, attirés par les eaux poissonneuses avoisinantes, y installèrent initialement des campements de pêche saisonniers.
Plus tard, ils s’y établiront de façon permanente.
Ce n’est que vers 1640 que la première famille acadienne (Fougère) viendra y demeurer.

La défaite de la Forteresse de Louisbourg en 1758 et la destruction de tous les établissements acadiens le long des côtes à cette époque, provoquèrent un départ de la population acadienne.
L’arrivée des Robin en 1765, des commerçants jersais, rétablira l’industrie de la pêche et marquera le retour des familles acadiennes.

Finalement, l’arrivée de L’abbé François Lejantel accompagné d’un contingent de 150 Acadiens, des déportés aux îles de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, viendra consolider la présence acadienne dans cette région.

Aujourd’hui les noms de : Boudreau, Samson, LeBlanc et Landry, pour ne nommer que ceux-là, se rencontrent toujours sur l’Isle-Madame.

La généalogie régionale est préservée au centre communautaire La Picasse localisé à Petit-de-Grat.

Le pâté à la viande traditionnel est toujours apprêté dans la région. Il s’agit d’un pâté à croûtes épaisses avec garniture de cubes de bœuf qui auront été mijotés avec des oignons et du porc salé.
On se sert du bouillon de cuisson de la viande pour démêler la pâte qui viendra recouvrir le fond et le dessus du pâté. Le tout est alors cuit à la vapeur.

Les produits de la mer et particulièrement les crustacés sont abondants sur l’île.

Au menu du parler acadien local :
c’est « mal aisé » - ce n’est pas facile,
un « pigou » - une barrure pour les cages à homard,
une « picasse » - une ancre artisanale façonnée à partir de branches d’arbres et de pierres en guise de poids.

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La pratique de la voile, du kayak de mer et de la plongée sous-marine en scaphandre autonome est facilitée par la présence de quais et des innombrables baies et anses du pourtour de l’île.

L’observation des oiseaux est également une activité d’intérêt.

Le très beau sentier écologique de Cap-Auguet, dont le point de départ se trouve à Boudreauville, côtoie une variété d’habitats côtiers sur une distance de 9 kilomètres.

La splendeur des paysages de l’Isle Madame est une source intarissable d’inspiration pour les peintres et photographes qui apprécient la tranquillité des lieux, pour s’adonner librement à leur art.

La société historique d’Isle Madame est une organisation à but non lucratif dédiée à la collecte et la présentation de la riche histoire de la région.
Le site se compose d'un centre de généalogie, des archives communautaires, du musée LeNoir Forge, de la grange à bateaux contenant des expositions et des informations sur le passé maritime locale, une boutique de cadeaux et d'autres cabanons utilisées pour les expositions.
Au cours de chaque saison estivale, la société organise une variété d'événements qui sont ouverts au public.

Le musée du LeNoir Forge a été construit en 1793 par Thomas LeNoir et son frère Simon.
Tous les deux étaient natifs de la France. Ils étaient serruriers qualifiés; Cependant, le rendement monétaire de leur travail n'était pas aussi gratifiant que prévu et ils ont fini par revenir à la forge régulière.
Pendant cette période de l'histoire, la construction et la réparation navales fleurissaient sur l'île Madame. La forge a produit des matériaux qui ont été utilisés dans cette industrie. À la fin du 19ème siècle, l’utilité des voiliers en bois était terminée, les affaires ont diminué et la forge est finalement tombée en ruine.
Le musée LeNoir Forge abrite une forge de travail dirigée par des bénévoles, et inclut une collection d'outils et d'artefacts qui racontent certaines des histoires de la population de l'île Madame.
Le musée est ouvert les jours de semaine de 10h00 à 17h00 en juin.
En juillet et août, il est ouvert du mardi au samedi de 10h00 à 17h00 et le dimanche de 13h00 à 17h00.
Le reste de l'année, le musée est ouvert sur rendez-vous.

Activité en plein air – équipements à louer: The Groundswell propose non seulement des repas et de l’hébergement, mais loue aussi des kayaks, des SUP (Stand-up paddle boards), des planches de surf et des bicyclettes avec tous les équipements nécessaires pour votre sécurité. Les sentiers et les voies navigables sont exceptionnels dans cette région.

Isle Madame Festival de musique Bluegrass et Country d’antan
Pour tous les amateurs de musique de bluegrass et de country d’antan, venez et tappez vos pieds à la musique de ces musiciens talentueux, maintenant un événement annuel.
Garanti d’être amusant!

Isle Madame Yacht Race
La Coupe Arichat, une course de 16 milles dans le port, pour les membres des clubs de yacht locaux, est une course de yacht sanctionnée par l'Association canadienne de yachting. Au cours des dernières années, la Coupe Arichat a été, ce qui en fait une course passionnante. Les spectateurs sont capables de regarder l'événement et de suivre la course des deux côtés du port d'Arichat.
Toujours une bonne course avec beaucoup de vents constants, la Coupe Arichat offre aux navigateurs un lieu pour développer leurs compétences en voile. La course a toujours fait partie d'une fête de week-end (rendez-vous) tenue en juillet (si le temps le permet) et comprend de la bonne nourriture et des boissons.

Festival Acadien de Petit-de-Grat
Toujours la deuxième fin de semaine du mois d’août, la communauté célèbre sa culture avec de la musique, de la danse et de la nourriture. Venez rejoindre la communauté en célébration!

Jour 8

  • Visite de la Forteresse de Louisbourg 
  • Distance à parcourir : 150 km
  • Temps de déplacement : 2 heures et 15 minutes

En sortant de l’Isle Madame, prenez l’autoroute 104 en direction de St. Peter’s et continuer jusqu’à temps que la route devient route 4.
Surveillez la signalisation pour la voie rapide 125 en direction de Sydney, que vous prendrez jusqu’à la sortie 8. Cette sortie donne sur la route 22 qui vous dirigera vers le village de Louisbourg.
Le lieu historique national de la Forteresse de Louisbourg se trouve à courte distance du village.

Une visite de la Forteresse de Louisbourg vous plongera au tout début du 18ième siècle. Elle vous entraînera dans la vie quotidienne de la garnison et des habitants de la première forteresse française au Nouveau Monde. Ne parlez surtout pas l’anglais à l’entrée de ses portes. Les gardes en poste pourraient vous saisir et vous mener au cachot, sous prétexte que vous pourriez être un espion anglais. Cette forteresse est la plus grande reconstruction d’une ville historique en Amérique du Nord.
En raison de l’ampleur des lieux, vous voudrez certainement passer un minimum de trois heures sur ce site. À proximité de la forteresse se trouve le début d’un sentier de randonnée pédestre côtier. Il mène au phare de Louisbourg. Cette randonnée de difficulté moyenne s’effectue normalement en deux à trois heures.

Pour y trouver un lieu d’hébergement, le guide touristique «Du rêve à l’aventure» vous facilitera la tâche.

Le lieu historique national de la Forteresse de Louisbourg se trouve à courte distance du village. Pendant votre séjour à Louisbourg, assurez-vous de participer à l'expérience culinaire du 18e siècle au Banquet des Mendiants. (Beggars Banquet)