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By Sue Ellis 02 Feb, 2015
As we handle this unpredictable winter with its sudden snow, its deep freezes, its thaws and high winds, we instinctively think back to times of pleasing weather. Yet my arrival in Nova Scotia last July was heralded by Hurricane Arthur and we viewed the aftermath of its destructive force during our travels.

We stayed for a few days in Yarmouth in the west, exploring the Acadian Coast and absorbing the history. During the Napoleonic Wars, Britain and France were enemies. The Acadians of French ancestry had farmed and established communities in Nova Scotia since the early 1600s. Since their loyalty to Britain was suspect, they were rounded up and expelled from the colony in 1755. Their lands were given to Empire Loyalists coming up from the US following its Revolution. After the Napoleonic wars ended, small groups of Acadians were allowed to return starting in 1764. But their fertile land was gone. They settled around the coasts of Nova Scotia, where they still live.

Université Sainte-Anne in the community of Church Point, preserves the heritage by teaching the culture and language. There are small towns with amazingly large churches and the Acadian flag flies everywhere.

South east of Yarmouth is the Pubnico Peninsula where we spent an enchanting day. Firstly we visited Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse  (Historical Acadian Village of Nova Scotia) , a place that invites you to return to the early 1900s and wander through a village depicting Acadian life. Houses were brought to the site overlooking the Pubnico Harbour from real villages and the period costumed guides are local Acadians often telling stories of their own families.
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