Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Peggys Cove are all popular travel stops along what is known as Nova Scotia’s “light house route”. Quite unexpectedly, it is the first stop on our “Cajun” tour….
Wanderlust has a sneaky way of weaving people and places together, especially when you least expect it. So when we went to visit Louisiana to learn about the Cajuns and their local food – the last thing I anticipated was to experience déjà vu…
It was an eerie feeling wandering around the Lafayette Acadian village. I couldn’t shake that “hey, I’ve been here before” feeling…and then it hit me like a ton of bricks.
I had been to Acadia before – only it was the original Acadian site located nearly 2400 miles away in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. As it turns out, Lunenburg, NS, was the original (French) Acadian settlement of the Louisiana Cajuns before their [British] expulsion in 1755–1763; the reason why the architecture of the Acadian village in Lafayette, LA so closely resembles that of Lunenburg, NS is because these were (some of) the same Nova Scotia Acadians displaced during the expulsion and who migrated to Louisiana.
Over the shock and once home, I dug through a stack of old photos; the similarities from the light house route’s architecture validated why I had experienced déjà vu in Lafayette, LA.
Lunenburg, NS, now designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, is known to be the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America. “Established in 1753, it has retained its original layout and overall appearance, based on a rectangular grid pattern drawn up in the home country. The inhabitants have managed to safeguard the city’s identity throughout the centuries by preserving the wooden architecture of the houses, some of which date from the 18th century.”
Below – Mahone Bay, NS.
Continuing along the light house route towards Halifax, Peggys cove is a popular destination to view the shoreline.
Next stop: Louisiana.