The photos below are off of route 1 in the Municipality of Clare. 
Situated midway between Yarmouth and Digby, the Municipality of Clare is a distinctive Acadian region often referred to as the French Shore. It is the home of Nova Scotia's largest Acadian population, and visitors will often hear Acadian French being spoken. Picturesque Route 1 passes through twelve French-speaking villages between Salmon River and St. Bernard. The bilingual inhabitants along this shore are descendants of the first European settlers, who came from France in the early 1600s. Scattered over eastern North America by the Expulsion of 1755, many of Nova Scotia's Acadians came to this area several years later to build new communities, turning from farming to the sea for their livelihood.

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This is Clare. When we arrived in Nova Scotia, were weren't exactly sure what Clare was.  As it turns out,  Clare is a municipality that includes several towns along the Evangeline Trail between Yarmouth and Digby.  Traveling north on Rt. 1 from Yarmouth, you will know you have arrived in Clare when the last names on mailboxes and on street signs begin to look very familiar.
Once in Clare, we stopped by this visitor's center called "La Veille Maison."  This is where we first experienced the hospitality of the Acadians. Here, we met Lianne Melanson, who was happy to tell us all about the area. Our first impression was that her accent reminded us so much of what we normally hear in areas around Lafayette, Louisiana.
These next four pictures are of Smuggler's Cove, or Le Fourneau.  This was perhaps our favorite of the area's scenic spots.
Off in the distance you can see a cave, just below the white house.  Can you imagine the view from that home?  We were amazed by all of the rocks on the shore line, and I am sure we looked fairly silly filling our shirts and pants pockets with rocks to take home with us.
Smuggler's Cove, from a different angle.
I am sure we looked pathetic in our sweatshirts, but with temperatures in the 50's, we almost swore it were winter already.
Another view of the rocky beach at Point a Major.
Naturally, we were very excited to see our last names on street signs in Clare.  We again made absolute fools out of ourselves taking pictures of every street sign in Clare displaying the names Dugas and Gaudet!
This name look familiar?  We were surprised to note that living in each of the towns we passed were people with just a few different last names.  For example, in Comeauville, most of the last names on mailboxes read Comeau, and in Saulnierville (we spell this Sonnier), most read Saulnier.  Also interesting was that in Clare, like Louisiana, there were towns named Church Point and St. Bernard.
This was pretty exciting for me.  It turns out that a man with my last name, Joseph Dugas, was the first to settle Clare after the exile.  This small cemetary at Pointe a Major, or Major's Point, is a tribute to this man, who led a group of ~100 people in the woods to hide from the British.  They later settled a area, called Belliveau, located near this cemetary.
It's a funny thing how our last names kept reappearing on adjacent gravestones in cemetaries.  We won't try to think too much about that one.

This is one of the gravestones located in the Pointe a Major cemetary.

Found in Church Point just beside Universite St. Anne is this lovely church, the tallest of all churches constructed of wood.

Also, each Tuesday and Saturday night, you can see the play Evangeline in the university's theatre, and on Wednesday evening, the play is performed "au bois."  We attended the play on a Saturday night, and it was excellent.  The detail was remarkable, and we were particularly amused by their descriptions of Louisiana.

The coast was lovely, and in places, so reminiscent of Lousiana, with all of its rich marshland.  Here, we were just enjoying the evening, sitting beside the Bay of Fundy at Windsor, near Grand Pre.
Above the library at Universite St. Anne is a wall displaying the crests of each of the Acadian families.  Just beyond this wall, we found archives of the original Acadian families of Clare and their descendents.  This gave us the opportunity to do a little genealogy.

Note:The large image is large, 180K so the crests can be seen.

I have no idea what this is.  Must be Bobby run amuck with the camera.


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