Argyle, Nova Scotia
Municipality of Argyle’s History
Argyle originated with the Grant of the Township by the Government of Nova Scotia in 1771. With the expulsion of the majority of the Acadians by 1759, settlers from the New England Colonies soon established in the area. With the return to Nova Scotia for some of the Acadian exiles in 1766, further settlements were established on the west side of Pubnico Harbour and on both shores of the lower end of the Tusket River. The next influx of settlers came in 1784 and 1785 when the Loyalists started to arrive from the American colonies. These people settled in various areas of the Township. From these three main groups most of the inhabitants of present day Argyle Municipality originate.
As the population increased in the 1760's, development of industry and trade also grew. Shipyards were building vessels from sloops to full rigged ships that sailed all over the world. Lumber mills were established to provide building materials for the shipyards and also export cargos for them. Another important and growing industry was fisheries and it continues to be today.
Things to See and Do in Argyle
- Le village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse: Stop in, sit down and bask in Acadian heritage at this early 1900s seaside village, situated on a beautiful 17-acre site overlooking Pubnico Harbour
- Wedgeport Sport Tuna Fishing Museum: Relive the glory days of sport tuna fishing
- Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos et Centre de Recherche: Discover Acadian history and culture through the collections of artifacts
- The Argyle Township Court House & Archives: This National Histroric Site is the oldest standing courthouse in Canada
- West Pubnico Golf & Country Club: Enjoy the driving range, putting green and club house & snack bar
- Comeau’s Hill Beach: Being one of the only places where the island chain of the Tusket Island can be seen from land, it is a great place for families
Places to eat
- At the Hatfield House, enjoy a hands on culinary experience in one of the oldest homes in Tusket, dating back to 1793. Culinary Experiences and Restaurant showcases local dishes including seafood and Acadian fare
- Join local fishermen at the Dennis Point Café, where you can indulge in fresh, local seafood
- Freshly baked pastries and a well-balanced cup of coffee make for a great time at Café Brioche d’Or
- Be a part of the serenity of the water, the islands, the sunsets, the fields and the beautiful weathered cedar building all while anjoying a gourmet dining experience at Ye Old Argyler Lodge
- Trout Point Lodge offers an intimate, secluded restaurant, flanked by two granite fireplaces and a wood-burning oven, serves dinner en famille at long wooden tables. Their house-smoked seafood, including salmon, scallops and swordfish are not to be missed
- Enjoy the tranquility of the ocean and the marvellous sunsets at the Argyle by the Sea Bed & Breakfast
- At the Auberge Nathalie Ora & Vacation Rental, a historic two story home and former sea captain’s home, you can indulge in freshly baked pastries that are delivered to your door in the morning
- Luxury in the heart of the Canadian wilderness and nestled next to the Tusket River, immediately adjacent to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area of southern Nova Scotia, Trout Point is undoubtedly the most luxurious wilderness lodge in Atlantic Canada.