The southwestern most tip of Nova Scotia is renowned for its Acadian past, colourful fishing villages, towering churches and the spectacular Cape Forchu lighthouse. Yarmouth, which is about 3 hours from Halifax, is the hub of this region. Just south of Yarmouth is Argyle Township Courthouse in Tusket, the oldest courthouse in Canada, while to the north, tiny villages are overshadowed by lofty churches, such as St. Mary’s Church, the largest wooden church in North America.
The Acadian shores have a history dating back over 400 years and contain French-speaking villages like Pubnico, which make up the oldest Acadian settlement in the province. You can explore this rich history and genealogy at Le Village Historique Acadien and Le Musée Acadien and Archives. The Festival Acadien de Clare is also a great way to experience the rich Acadian music and culture.