_MG_9858002According to legend, heaven on earth takes the form of Cockaigne , an imaginary land of abundance and joy where people lived without worry and where work did not exist.  Cockaigne is the part of the Languedoc region that consisted of the former Duchy of Lauraguais, in France.

When Nicholas Denys, a native of Tours, in France, explorer, king’s lieutenant, and merchant visited the coastal areas of Acadia in 1632, berthing in a bay abounding in seafood and game, he named this area Cocagne.

In 1767, the first Acadian families settled here and became the first Acadians to own their land after the deportation (Great Upheaval) of 1755.

Guylaine LeCouteur

Guylaine LeCouteur

La Maison Mer de Cocagne is a centennial dwelling located in the southeastern region of Acadia.  It was built around 1916, on Cocagne Island.  In 1948, the dwelling was moved from the island to the mainland, across from the church.  It was mainly used as a convent by the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur, hence its name “Mother House”, from 1949 to 1999, as a place of study and a residential school.

 After the sisters left, La Maison Mer de Cocagne was converted into a lodge in 1999, under the name “Le Couvent” [The Convent].  Guylaine Le Couteur took over the lodge in 2013.

La Maison Mer de Cocagne is part of the historical and cultural heritage of Cocagne.

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