Guidebook to West Pubnico's French Acadian Community

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Guidebook to West Pubnico's French Acadian Community

Sightseeing

The Village is a unique experience! Tour around the old homestead village where French Acandian history was made here in West Pubnico. The Village has old homes, post office, working blacksmith (that is fun to watch!), and boat house, plus they make boats on site. Cafe and gift shop are also on the grounds. Definitely worth a visit!
22 locals recommend
Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse
91 Old Church Rd
22 locals recommend
The Village is a unique experience! Tour around the old homestead village where French Acandian history was made here in West Pubnico. The Village has old homes, post office, working blacksmith (that is fun to watch!), and boat house, plus they make boats on site. Cafe and gift shop are also on the grounds. Definitely worth a visit!
Walk the boardwalk by the Atlantic Ocean or zigzag across the many trails that go around the 17 giant wind turbines at Pubnico Point. This site is public and access at the end of the dirt road on the very south point of West Pubnico, enjoyed by visitors and locals alike!
7 locals recommend
Pubnico Point Trail
Nova Scotia 335
7 locals recommend
Walk the boardwalk by the Atlantic Ocean or zigzag across the many trails that go around the 17 giant wind turbines at Pubnico Point. This site is public and access at the end of the dirt road on the very south point of West Pubnico, enjoyed by visitors and locals alike!
See the local wharf where all the lobster fishermen and other local fishermen have their boats. Across the street is Dennis Point Cafe.
Dennis Point Wharf
See the local wharf where all the lobster fishermen and other local fishermen have their boats. Across the street is Dennis Point Cafe.
Many kilometres of trails wrap all around the 17 giant wind turbines at Pubnico Point. There is also the boardwalk there. Take the main road south through West Pubnico, then keep going stright onto the gravel road the way to the end. Parking is there, and the beach!
Pubnico Point Wind Farm Inc
Many kilometres of trails wrap all around the 17 giant wind turbines at Pubnico Point. There is also the boardwalk there. Take the main road south through West Pubnico, then keep going stright onto the gravel road the way to the end. Parking is there, and the beach!
Seasonal museum shows the history of the Pubnicos, the French Acadian people here, and is well worth the time to visit!
7 locals recommend
Musee des Acadiens des Pubnicos & Research Center
898 NS-335
7 locals recommend
Seasonal museum shows the history of the Pubnicos, the French Acadian people here, and is well worth the time to visit!

Food scene

Dennis Point Cafe is where locals and visitors often eat. Try the fresh lobster!
14 locals recommend
Dennis Point Café
214 Dennis Point Rd
14 locals recommend
Dennis Point Cafe is where locals and visitors often eat. Try the fresh lobster!
Red Cap has local fare, fish chowder, rappie pie, and even pizza! This is a nice little restaurant where you can sit a while and enjoy good food in a nice atmosphere.
12 locals recommend
Red Cap Restaurant and Motel
1034 Route 335 S
12 locals recommend
Red Cap has local fare, fish chowder, rappie pie, and even pizza! This is a nice little restaurant where you can sit a while and enjoy good food in a nice atmosphere.
Our local grocery store is just known as the "Co-op" to locals. Good spot to pick up groceries for your trip, deli sandwiches or a roasted chicken for a picnic, or to buy food to take back and eat in. Pretty much everything you need can be found there food-wise, and they even have a hardware section, plus animal feed and lumber. NSLC is next door.
De La Tour Co-Op
1651 NS-335
Our local grocery store is just known as the "Co-op" to locals. Good spot to pick up groceries for your trip, deli sandwiches or a roasted chicken for a picnic, or to buy food to take back and eat in. Pretty much everything you need can be found there food-wise, and they even have a hardware section, plus animal feed and lumber. NSLC is next door.
The Argyler Restaurant has amazing food and a great water view! I swear it's the best ribeye steak I have had in a long time too!
11 locals recommend
Argyler Lodge & Restaurant
52 Ye Old Argyle Rd
11 locals recommend
The Argyler Restaurant has amazing food and a great water view! I swear it's the best ribeye steak I have had in a long time too!

Local businesses

Our local hardware store, in case you need something there.
Del's Home Building Centre
Our local hardware store, in case you need something there.
NAPA auto parts, in case you need a part for your vehicle.
NAPA Auto Parts - BLL Enterprises Inc.
NAPA auto parts, in case you need a part for your vehicle.
Local gas station and convenient store. There is also where Paul's Marine (and ATV) dealer is located.
Petro-Canada
2616 Nova Scotia Trunk 3
Local gas station and convenient store. There is also where Paul's Marine (and ATV) dealer is located.
Need medications or just something from the pharmacy store? This is our local Pharmasave, and they have greeting cards and tourist gifts and souvenirs too!
Pharmasave West Pubnico
Nova Scotia 335
Need medications or just something from the pharmacy store? This is our local Pharmasave, and they have greeting cards and tourist gifts and souvenirs too!
RBC bank for those needing an ATM. There is also the Coastal Financial Credit Union just down the road.
RBC Royal Bank
968 NS-335
RBC bank for those needing an ATM. There is also the Coastal Financial Credit Union just down the road.
This is our main post office in West Pubnico. Need to mail something or buy stamps? There is also a small post office by the large Catholic church, right in the middle of West Pubnico. Just drive and you can't miss the large white church! The post office is on the side road next door. Notice the old rock wall between the post office and church graveyard--it is one of the really old French Acadian walls that you will find all over Pubnico, especially deep in the woods on people's properties. These served as old boundary markers and also to keep animals or even water tides in/out.
Canada Post
This is our main post office in West Pubnico. Need to mail something or buy stamps? There is also a small post office by the large Catholic church, right in the middle of West Pubnico. Just drive and you can't miss the large white church! The post office is on the side road next door. Notice the old rock wall between the post office and church graveyard--it is one of the really old French Acadian walls that you will find all over Pubnico, especially deep in the woods on people's properties. These served as old boundary markers and also to keep animals or even water tides in/out.

Neighbourhoods

All along the harbour is the main road down through West Pubnico. As you drive south, you will pass occasional businesses, and many, many homes. A lot of these homes are 100-200+ years old, and most of the French Acadian families have lived here, descended from the original families that founded Pubnico in the mid-1600's (and after they returned from the Great Deportation). The two most commonly found last names are still d'Entremont and d'Eon. As younger folks move out to the city or elsewhere, people from out of province are moving in. However, this is still the oldest French Acadian community that still stands strong in Nova Scotia. Be sure to see the museum and the Historic Village in summer months!
Pubnico Harbour, Canada
All along the harbour is the main road down through West Pubnico. As you drive south, you will pass occasional businesses, and many, many homes. A lot of these homes are 100-200+ years old, and most of the French Acadian families have lived here, descended from the original families that founded Pubnico in the mid-1600's (and after they returned from the Great Deportation). The two most commonly found last names are still d'Entremont and d'Eon. As younger folks move out to the city or elsewhere, people from out of province are moving in. However, this is still the oldest French Acadian community that still stands strong in Nova Scotia. Be sure to see the museum and the Historic Village in summer months!

City/town information

Yarmouth is 25 minutes away from Pubnico, to the west on highway 103. The population is around 6,500 so you will find stores and businesses of all kinds, including the hospital.
NS-103, Nova Scotia, Canada
Yarmouth is 25 minutes away from Pubnico, to the west on highway 103. The population is around 6,500 so you will find stores and businesses of all kinds, including the hospital.
From West Pubnico (turn at Petro Canada), and through East Pubnico, is Barrington Passage. It is a nice drive to Barrington, which is a town with plenty of stores and businesses. Cape Sable Island is just to the south (good for sightseeing). Sherose Island Nature Trail is also near Barrington, which has a nice walking trail with lots of painted rocks by children. Good restaurants in town too!
Barrington Passage, Canada
From West Pubnico (turn at Petro Canada), and through East Pubnico, is Barrington Passage. It is a nice drive to Barrington, which is a town with plenty of stores and businesses. Cape Sable Island is just to the south (good for sightseeing). Sherose Island Nature Trail is also near Barrington, which has a nice walking trail with lots of painted rocks by children. Good restaurants in town too!

Recreation

9-hole golf course for those who love golfing!
8 locals recommend
West Pubnico Golf Club Association
238 Greenwood Rd
8 locals recommend
9-hole golf course for those who love golfing!
Welcome to our little library in West Pubnico. Go in and check it out. You might even find a book on Bigfoot there, written by this host (written under maiden name Sharon Eby). Pick a book, sit and read a while, or check them out if you want to get a membership!
Pubnico Library Branch
Welcome to our little library in West Pubnico. Go in and check it out. You might even find a book on Bigfoot there, written by this host (written under maiden name Sharon Eby). Pick a book, sit and read a while, or check them out if you want to get a membership!
Next to the Historic Acadian Village is a little trail that you can walk anytime to a small lighthouse called Abbotts Harbour Lighthouse. It is a nice trail with a great view!
Abbotts Harbour Lighthouse
Next to the Historic Acadian Village is a little trail that you can walk anytime to a small lighthouse called Abbotts Harbour Lighthouse. It is a nice trail with a great view!
Exactly 1 km north of our little old farmhouse bnb is a small wharf and marina ramp called Seamen's Memorial Park. It is a nice walk there and back that only takes about 15 minutes each way, plus any time you spend there by the water. The view of Argyle Sound and its many islands is great from that location. There is parking there if you prefer to drive to the wharf.
Seamens' Memorial park
Exactly 1 km north of our little old farmhouse bnb is a small wharf and marina ramp called Seamen's Memorial Park. It is a nice walk there and back that only takes about 15 minutes each way, plus any time you spend there by the water. The view of Argyle Sound and its many islands is great from that location. There is parking there if you prefer to drive to the wharf.