Our museum is dedicated to the Acadian way of life, as it once existed in the area. Established after the expulsion of the Acadians in 1755, the thriving communities of West Chezzetcook and Grand Desert developed through fishing and small-scale farming. Eventually other industries were established. The museum is one part of a larger site known as l’Acadie de Chezzetcook, which includes a tearoom as well as a working outdoor oven, barn, welcome centre, garden, and other areas.
Join us at L'Acadie de Chezzetcook to experience our exciting and unique Acadian culture. Learn about the costal French village that once thrived in West Chezzetcook and Grand Desert area. Nearby are beautiful beaches, breathtaking sunsets, walking and hiking trails, local shops and our own gift store featuring lots of Acadian themed memorabilia.
Take a step back in time with our guides, who will show you how the isolated Acadian community survived. Their bright culture is so rich and full of emotions. Stop to see what is growing in our vegetable garden, and open up the Cabano to see what antique tools were used for its upkeep! Inside the Acadian House Museum (built in 1850), you will discover our collection of artifacts, placed to represent the era's traditional living setting. However, the history of this building is much more than structural. The hole in the wall, the lady in white and the beautiful lilacs hidden behind the house are only a few of the many tales waiting to be told to you on your tour! Make sure to stop by the chicken coop too, the kids will love to watch the French hens peck away at their food.
Continue your visit by participating in one of our local demonstrations of ancestral skills, such as bread baking in our outdoor oven, the making of molasses pulled candy and barley toys, rug hooking, knitting/crocheting, broom making, butter churning, wild honey making, yarn spinning and carding, shoemaking and more.
Before ending your visit, make sure to grab a bite to eat at La Cuisine de Brigitte, our very own Acadian tea room! Take in the local art work while you sit in the café, or take your meal outside to our sunny picnic area.
If you are interested in a very social day, come out for our many events that are held on site;
JULY 1st - CANADA DAY BBQ AND LIVE MUSIC
JULY 11th - AFTERNOON HATS AND TEA PARTY
JULY 16th - LIVE MUSIC ON THE BALCONY
JULY 22nd - KIDS DAY
JULY 28th - COMMEMORATION DAY
AUG 8th - AFTERNOON HATS AND TEA PARTY
AUG 10-15th - ACADIAN DAYS FESTIVAL, DANCE WORKSHOP, PAINT NIGHT, CONCERT, FRENCH MASS etc.
AUG 20th - LIVE MUSIC ON THE BALCONY
Sunday Afternoons - VARIOUS TRADITIONAL ACADIAN DEMONSTRATIONS
(Dates subject to change, please check in closer to the event date for updates)
Weather you tour an art exhibit, walk in our community garden, learn about an ancestral skill of founding families, or visit our museum, you will love to experience the Acadian life as lived in Grand Desert and Chezzetcook.
PLEASE NOTE WE WELCOME BUS TOURS AND ACCOMMODATE LARGER GROUPS. OUR SITE IS WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE.
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HOURS OF OPERATION
Season : July 1 to August 31
Open Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed Mondays)
Please note: We also accomodate visits on demand outside of these hours of operation for special guided visits.
Admission fees :
$ 3.00 per person
$ 6.00 per family
Volunteers and supporters are able to participate in many different ways:
- Become a member;
- Share your ideas for the site or community needs;
- Participate in our events;
- Be a volunteer;
- Share your musical talents at one of our events;
- Help organize an activity;
- Run a children’s program;
- Welcome visitors;
- Demonstrate a traditional skill like knitting, weaving, candy-making or gardening;
- Bake for an event;
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