Grand Pré National Historic Site

Grand Pré National Historic Site

Grand Pré National Historic Site
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At Grand-Pre, get to know the Acadians, Nova Scotia's early French settlers. Theirs is a story of pioneer life, tragedy, and triumphant survival. This commemorative site was the heart of the 17th and 18th century Acadian village that became the scenic setting for Longfellow's narative poem Evangeline. A Visitor Reception and Interpretation Centre opened in September 2003 with new interpretation exhibits and a multimedia theater. Take time to walk in the superb flower gardens and admire the beautiful scenery. You will be charmed by the natural beauty of the surroundings.
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  • 17wandalust46
    Laurel, New York251 contributions
    Fascinating not expensive
    Based on the maps which are somewhat confusing, I expected this to be much bigger—but I learned so much about the Acadians and their development of dikes here. This is a very thorough review of the history of Acadians, and their continual battle to remain neutral in a desirable area during turbulent times. The cost to enter as an adult was $8.50. Visiting Evangeline beach was also an interesting add on since I was so close.
    Visited July 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written July 20, 2022
  • mulan12
    Edmonton, Canada133 contributions
    Great Experience Learning about the Acadians
    What a great experience to see what the Acadians had accomplished and the tragedy of the Acadian expulsion by the British. What they had achieved through the dykes system, and clearing of the lands for their homes was so inspiring. The site was excellent - we only made it for the last 30 minutes so managed to watch the film (which is a must). We walked outside and would have loved to spend more time there. Great areas for a picnic and if you do have time, explore the lands at the back of the building including the church and stature of Evangeline.
    Visited June 2022
    Written June 26, 2022
  • Ashvin Suriyankandy
    Kentville, Canada7 contributions
    Amazing Site
    Grand Pre is beautiful well-kept National Historic Site, especially in the fall. The architecture is beautiful, and there are interesting tidbits about Acadian history and culture. If you're staying nearby, I'd strongly advise going here early in the day or later in the day for a leisurely stroll.Definitely recommend watching the 20 minute film for a great summary of Grand-Pre's historical importance.We had a great experience, visiting for the first time. The staff also showed us the camping tents and they are so super cool attic tents. Perfect for small groups and its economical.
    Visited September 2022
    Written October 25, 2022
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francofile104
Nissan-lez-Enserune, France129 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
I'm glad we visited this site. The visitors center does a good job of education about what happened. However, if you are not into history, you might be underwhelmed. There isn't much to see since it was all burned down. That's part of what there is to "see!" The exhibits show how the land was transformed from salt marsh into farm land.
Written September 19, 2023
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DisneyDarwin
Spring, TX1,173 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
We didn’t know what to expect, but the little museum was terrific and the grounds were gorgeous. It’s all about the good and bad for the Acadian people who unfortunately suffered greatly. They were also quite some engineers! Don’t miss the lovely church on the ground, which has even more beautiful artifact.
Written September 2, 2023
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Peter H
Hawkesbury, Canada33 contributions
Aug. 2023
The film was well done and and gave a taste of the horrible experience of the Acadians during the deportation. The guides were very helpful and were very keen to answer questions.
Written August 12, 2023
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Christina
Saint John, Canada173 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Family
A wonderful site to visit. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. Don’t forget to buy your yearly pass to ensure you can visit all the national historic sites in the area!

The displays inside the main building are highly informative and the kids booklet kept them occupied!

The walk to the church and the beautiful gardens could keep you busy for at least two hours- it was a bit wet during our visit so our time enjoying the garden was short.

Highly recommend this stop!
Written July 6, 2023
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775kathiea
Washington DC, DC31 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Couples
Beautiful setting, excellent visitors' center and historic sites on the grounds. I knew very little of the history and leanred a lot. Staff were helpful with our questions. Site is beautifully maintained.
Written June 23, 2023
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williamNola
nola312 contributions
May 2023
small but good museum. one of the best films i've seen in any museum. outstanding. if you have any interest in the plight of the Acadians this should be ground zero. best explanation of what happened in small portions. be sure to drive the extra mile through the dairy farm to see the point of actual de 'rangement. surprisingly moving.

don't really appreciate the camp-site yurts but, oh well...
Written June 1, 2023
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Ashvin Suriyankandy
Kentville, Canada7 contributions
Sep. 2022
Grand Pre is beautiful well-kept National Historic Site, especially in the fall. The architecture is beautiful, and there are interesting tidbits about Acadian history and culture. If you're staying nearby, I'd strongly advise going here early in the day or later in the day for a leisurely stroll.Definitely recommend watching the 20 minute film for a great summary of Grand-Pre's historical importance.We had a great experience, visiting for the first time. The staff also showed us the camping tents and they are so super cool attic tents. Perfect for small groups and its economical.
Written October 25, 2022
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petesaund
United Kingdom4,007 contributions
Oct. 2022
This is UNESCO site - it is difficult to imagine the overall perspective of dyke system of farming initiated by Acadians in this region as it covers an extensive area
The museum within the visitors centre must be the most authoritative for Acadian history as it not only informative but detailed in so many different ways.
However that does not diminish the 20 minute video recreating in time their history as you are transported back centuries earlier - beautifully filmed and choreographed
Also the memorial to Acadians has a beautiful stained glass window representing derangement or deportation of Acadians and a number of paintings representing important historical landmarks back in time again
Written October 19, 2022
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Jacqueline R
Ottawa, Canada44 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Family
Beautiful spot, the center had closed for the year when we visited however we were still able to walk around. The location was stunning due to the fall Colours being at peak. There are very old large trees onsite, the church was hosting a wedding this day. Hope to return when open to learn more about the history associated with this site.
Written October 17, 2022
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Gary F
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada265 contributions
Aug. 2022
Really beautiful spot. Highly educational as well. I learned so much about the story of the Acadians. I highly recommend that you watch the video before you walk through the grounds, just so you will have a full understanding of the history of the Acadians. Staff was very friendly and professional. Lots of photo ops. Make sure you check out the church. it is beautiful inside.
Written September 7, 2022
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