Along the Acadian coast, in Eastern New Brunswick, Canada, sits a national treasure. It’s the Village Historique Acadien – Acadian Historical Village (VHA). Located a few miles east of Caraquet, the VHA is a living history museum, one that portrays the lives of Acadians from 1770-1949.
The Acadians were the very first French settlers in North America, but there was a horrible deportation policy, called the Grand Derangement, that exiled them elsewhere (including to Louisiana – they’re now called Cajuns there), and marginalized the ones that were left.
Acadians are proud of their history, of keeping culture and tradition together despite all odds. It’s important to learn both their cultural and practical histories.
At VHA, there are over 40 historical buildings, plenty of fresh air and walking paths, and my favorite part, costumed interpreters. These actors bring the past to life, in living color.
Take a look at some of the colors of this rich Acadian history…
Have you visited the Acadian Historical Village? What was your favorite part?
Jessie Voigts has a PhD in International Education, has lived and worked in Japan and London, and traveled around the world. She’s published six books about travel and intercultural learning, with more on the way. Jessie is constantly looking for ways to increase intercultural understanding, and is passionate sharing the world through her site, Wandering Educators. She founded and directs the Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Program, teaching teens all around the world.
Story and photos copyright Wandering Educators 2015.