Visit Grand-Pré National Historic Site to learn more about the Acadian settlement of Grand-Pré, the Expulsion and the Acadian memorials. Visit the cemetery of the 17th/18th century Acadian village that became the scenic setting for Longfellow’s epic poem Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie. While at the site, don’t miss the visitor centre with its exhibits and multimedia presentation. Walk the sweeping gardens; visit the memorial church with its paintings, stained glass and exhibits.
Grand Pré is located in a vibrant natural environment which includes Evangeline Beach, part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, where you can witness the massive summer migrations of semi-palmated sandpipers and see the huge tides of the Bay of Fundy. The area also features Boot Island, a National Wildlife Area. The Minas Basin is part of a Wetland of International Importance.
Grand-Pré National Historic Site is also located in the heart of The Landscape of Grand Pré, Canada's 16th UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. The 13 square-kilometre (5 mi²) site is located on the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Basin in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley and is an exceptional living agricultural landscape. Claimed from the sea in the 17th century and still in use today applying the same technology and the same community-based management system, Grand Pré is the iconic place of remembrance of the Acadians who lived in harmony with the native Mi’kmaq people before the Expulsion which began in 1755.
The full expanse of the Landscape of Grand Pré can be best appreciated from the View Park on Old Post Road. The dykelands, fields, and settlement on the hills, first established by the Acadians in the 1680s, have been maintained and expanded over centuries by farmers of New England Planter descent, and later immigrants - including English and Scottish who came in the 19th and 20th centuries and Dutch who arrived after the Second World War.
The view of the 1111-hectare (2745 acres) of dykelands within the World Heritage Site is framed by the dramatic Cape Blomidon, from which tradition holds, the legendary Mi’kmaw figure Kluscap (Glooscap) kept a watchful eye over his people. For your safety and enjoyment All the agricultural land is privately-owned as are the unpaved dyke roads. For your safety, please use only the public paved roads.
Areas Of Interest: Bay Of Fundy • Community Heritage
Core Experience: Beaches - Seacoast • History • Our Culture
Cultural Heritage: Acadian
Features: Bus Tours • Gift Shop • Internet Access • Multilingual • Parking • Picnic Tables • Wheelchair Accessible
Government Level: National