Evangeline tells the tale of a great Acadian love
story that is a part of the local culture here in my
home of Nova Scotia.
‘Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie’ is an epic poem by
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In this poem he
follows her search for long lost love Gabriel, with
whom she was betrothed.
Evangeline and Gabriel were separated by ‘The
Great Upheavel’, also known as the Acadian
Expulsion. During this dark chapter of English –
French relations in Canada, over eleven thousand
Acadians were deported by the British.
Separated by the Acadian Expulsion, Evangeline and
her betrothed would only be reunited in their old
age when Gabriel, who was already very sick, would
perish in her arms.
This work of fiction has become immortalized here in
Nova Scotia, where you can follow the stunning landscape
of the Evangeline Trail and explore the ancestral
home of the Acadians! Nova Scotia invites you to
visit and explore our vibrant culture and landscape.
Maybe you will find your own ‘Gabriel’.