Grand-Pré National Historic Site is a powerful monument that unites the Acadian people. Visitors to the site will uncover the tale of Le Grand Dérangement: a tragic event in Acadian history that has shaped the vibrant culture of modern day Acadians across the globe through its quiet but powerful renaissance. The site commemorates the Grand Pré area as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755 and the Deportation of the Acadians, which began in 1755 and continued until 1762. For many Acadians throughout the world, the site remains the heart of their ancestral homeland and the symbol of the ties that unite them to this day.
Embark on a fascinating journey with a guided tour! Your exploration begins in the hull of a Deportation Ship, for a state-of-the-art cinematic introduction. In July and August (twice daily), a knowledgeable interpreter will guide you through the history and significance of this national historic site. You’ll explore serene duck ponds bordered by majestic weeping willows, the legendary Statue of Evangeline – heroine of the Longfellow poem – and to the Memorial church, where famous paintings from Claude Picard and a stained glass masterpiece by Terry Smith-Lamothe celebrate the culture and courage of the Acadian people.
Stroll through the magnificently kept Victorian gardens where the Statue of Evangeline and other monuments and sculptures can be found amongst duck ponds, flower gardens, a kitchen garden and an
orchard — the absolute perfect spot for a picnic or to fly a kite. Don’t forget to participate in our Red Chairs Experience Program. #timetoconnect #sharethechair
Finish off any day by taking the path up the hill to the Landscape of Grand Pré View Park overlooking Grand-Pré National Historic Site, which lies at the heart of the bountiful lands that are part of the 13 square-kilometre site located on the Nova Scotia shore of the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Basin. Witnessing the splendid landscape and the treasures it encompasses, you’ll quickly understand how this area got its name, Grand Pré, meaning great meadow, and why it became Canada’s 16th World Heritage Site inscribed by UNESCO in 2012.
Don’t miss out on our new puppet play: THE LAND. It’s a 20 minute bilingual theatre performance for the whole family! THE LAND is presented 4 times a day from Tuesday to Saturday until August 25th.
It’s your turn to be inspired – visit Grand-Pré National Historic Site today, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 10th, 2016.