1998-256 | The Land of Evangeline

The Land of Evangeline
10.6 x 20 cm
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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The advent of the railway, in the middle of the 19th century, caused a boom in tourism in North America. This efficient, comfortable means of transportation prompted many more people to travel. Tourists could now visit places that until then they had only been able to imagine from literature and pictures.

To persuade people to visit specific places, advertising emphasized the natural and historic features of the sites. When the first railway station was opened in Grand Pré, it had a sign reading "Welcome to the Land of Gabriel and Evangeline."

From the very beginning, the Nova Scotia tourism industry realized the profit potential of the legend of the Acadian heroine. The Grand Pré region, in particular, was promoted as the "Land of Evangeline." This slogan was adopted as a trademark by two railway companies, the Dominion Atlantic Railway and the Annapolis Valley Railway.

  • What

    This book, The Land of Evangeline and the Gateways Thither, was a publication of the Dominion Atlantic Railway that passengers could keep as a souvenir of their wonderful trip.

  • Where

    The book was published in Kentville, Nova Scotia, the headquarters of the Dominion Atlantic Railway.

  • When

    The book was published around 1895.

  • Who

    The author was Canadian poet Charles G. D. Roberts (1860-1943).