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Mary Ellen Stinski
2017-05-16, 18:59
This was an action packed tour that covered so much of our Acadian history. I was not previously aware of the suffering of those who were deported from Nova Scotia to France and England. It is a heart breaking story. Richard provided a wonderful trip full of history, mayors, dignitaries and experts, as well as an opportunity to have fun, see beautiful France, and meet lots of new friends. The bond of Acadia is still strong!.
Margaret Canella
2017-05-15, 02:47
Novacadie Tours - owner/operator Richard Laurin - home base is Woodville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Just another tour operator; just one more of the many tours I have been on all over the world???????? ABSOLUTELY NOT! This man and his passion for the Acadian story, history and progenitors excels in every way! I have dabbled in my family's genealogy for about 10 years and never dreamed that it was possible to see, feel and touch my roots like this! Over eight generations removed and spanning three countries, Novacadie Tours brought my roots to life in a way that I did not think possible. We enjoyed delicious meals and met with mayors, newspapers, locals and genealogical experts on many of our stops. Have you heard of the "Trail of Tears" in reference to the American Cherokee Indians? If you are Acadian, our story bears an overall similarity. I strongly urge anyone interested in travel, history and family genealogical research to strongly consider this very profound journey!

Margaret Safford Canella
Laurie Wilkerson
2017-01-25, 21:59
My mom, Lois CLOUATE Vial, always wondered where her family was from. Months before her death I completed the research and was able to share with her that she was a true Acadian, she was so pleased!

It's been a long journey from Dauphine, France to Grand Pre, Acadie (Nova Scotia) in the 1600's. Then the forced expulsion from Grand Pré in 1755 to near enslavement in Port Tobacco, Maryland for the next 10 years.

Lastly to find their way to beautiful Louisiana (St. Gabriel to St. James Parish to St. Charles Parish). A weary odyssey for a very devout and determined people seeking independence and a better quality of life. The very same goal that drives us all today!
Shortly before my mom's death I completed research that proved she was of direct Acadian decent. I knew then that I had to visit my ancestral home in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia. Through the expert services of Richard Laurin of Novacadie Tours, we traced the steps of the devout and determined Acadian people.

To honour my mom, I placed a few mementos in a small glass vial with the intention of burying it somewhere in Grand Pre. Richard generously offered his property adjacent to the Acadian Memorial site. I selected a peaceful spot beside a brook and under a French Willow tree (brought to the New World by the Acadians). I've returned a piece of the present to the past; the cycle is now complete! Thank you Richard!
Patrick and Veronica Melancon
2016-11-10, 01:26
Words cannot express our heart felt appreciation for Richard and the incredible tour he gave us of our Acadian ancestral lands. His passion and love of Acadian history, culture, legacy, and engineering feats left us inspired and proud of our amazing ancestors. We cannot tell you how much we enjoyed our time with you in Acadie. It was a life changing experience for us and we have shared our fun with many friends and family. We cannot recommend him highly enough to anyone interested in learning about their Acadian roots. We were able to stand on the land of our ancestors and experience first hand what it must have felt like to leave that beautiful place. We came away with so much and we left a part of our hearts in Nova Scotia.
Gary Wilkerson
2016-09-28, 16:59
We had a wonderful trip – thanks to you.
Tommy Hays
2016-09-28, 16:52
We returned a few days ago from a tremendous vacation to Nova Scotia to trace Karren & Laurie's Acadian roots there. We had a highly recommended guide, Richard Laurin of Novacadie Tours. He was extremely knowledgeable, thorough, patient, & clear in his presentation. It was most special because he customized the tour to bring us to personal ancestral settlement locations. If you ever plan to travel there, I also strongly recommend his service. We got so much more than if we had tried this on our own.
Diane Sasser
2016-09-28, 14:58
Thank you for helping us connect with our ancestors through their lands. I feel like I left a part of my heart in NS but took a piece of my proud heritage back home with me. Many, many thanks for such a beautiful trip for us through our experiences.
Sincerely, Diane Denais Sasser proudly of Comeau, Landry, Trahan Acadian descent
Mary Denais
2016-09-26, 15:37
My trip with Richard Laurin was in October of 2016.....My expectations were high but not only were these met but exceeded by 200%! This journey to the land of my ancestors was so inspiring, emotional and educational!...my niece and I had given Richard the family names that we wanted to explore ( Broussard, Boudreaux,Trahan, Landry, Comeaux) and Richard not only found where their lands were but also found long lost cousins that we could talk to! .....something we had not expected....loved the history lessons, museums, churches, friendly people who spoke our French, food, and glorious scenery........and the field trips through the marsh!
I came home with a full heart and an admiration for my ingenious and industrious Acadian Ancestors!.....I left part of my heart in Nova Scotia, it felt so much like home!
I would highly recommend Novacadie Tours AND Richard as your tour guide!
Mary Denais, Kerrville , Texas -formally from Maurice, La.
Mrs Elaine Favre, from Bâton Rouge, Louisiana
2016-03-07, 20:14
''We speak so often of our lovely trip with you through NS, and I have recommended you to many friends and relatives. It was truly a superlative experience, and I congratulate you on your vast knowledge of and interest in the Acadian culture. I am so deeply grateful for the fact that I grew up in that culture and have been able to keep much of it alive and appreciated in my family. We look forward to a chance to get together when you bring your tour here later this year
Sue
2015-03-04, 19:43
Thank you for all you do... and just so you know I'm sticking with my story... you provide a very important historical perspective that the world needs to have!!
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