Embodying the national awakening that saw Acadians take a renewed pride in their culture in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Monument-Lefebvre transcends time and place.
The Monument-Lefebvre was inaugurated in 1897 as a tribute to Father Camille Lefebvre who founded the first French language, degree-granting college in Atlantic Canada in 1864. For the next thirty years, he helped educate many of the leaders of the Acadian Renaissance.
A journey through the site is like experiencing Acadian life through the ages, brought to vivid life in film, an exhibit and artefacts.
Reaching across social, economic, political, cultural and religious heritage, "Reflections of a Journey—The Odyssey of the Acadian People,” is an exhibit that begins with the arrival of French colonists in 1604, followed by the Expulsion of Acadians by the British (1755-1762) and spans the resurgence of contemporary Acadian pride and achievement ignited during the Acadian Renaissance. The exhibit also includes a contemporary portrait of the Acadian people.