Approximately 50% of the residents of the region are Acadian, the largest Acadian population in Nova Scotia. And their vibrant culture, rich in history, influences the entire region.

We have several distinct Acadian communities, including Wedgeport, Pubnico, and Argyle. They are descendants of French settlers who arrived in the early 1600s, and have maintained their language, religion, and culture. The Acadians are recognized as an official minority group by the province.

Acadians are warm and friendly people who treasure their heritage and history. We invite to visit and learn more about the Acadian people and their story.


Acadian French is the first language of most Acadians, and is still spoken daily by many residents within Yarmouth & Acadian Shores. It borrows words from English, Mi'kmaq and 17th century France. Schools, cultural societies, and a French-language university all help ensure that this language is maintained and taught to each new generation.


The Acadians of Yarmouth & Acadian Shores have several signature dishes, which are a must-try for any visitor to our region.

The most well known Acadian dish is "Râpure" or rappie pie. It is consumed at Christmas, family gatherings, pot-lucks, and Sunday dinners. It consists of potatoes, onions, chicken and chicken broth, pork fat, salt, and pepper.

If you want to try to make your own rappie pie, we’ve got the recipe for you.

To try authentic Acadian food while in Yarmouth & Acadian Shores, visit the Red Cap Restaurant.