A significant gathering and memorial site, Grand-Pré has been named a World Heritage UNESCO site and as such represents true recognition of the entire Acadian community.
Founded in 1682, Grand-Pré, which was also named les Mines, becomes the most populated village in Acadia, including Port-Royal. Archeological sources bear witness to the family settlements founded by the Acadians as well their unique expertise in constructing dykes along the Annapolis River.
In 1755, the Church of Saint-Charles-des-Mines in Grand-Pré is the site of the proclamation of the Order of the Deportation. Reflecting by turn tragedy, emotion and the beauty of its landscape, Grand-Pré National Historic Site is an indispensable landmark.
Make the best of your time in the area to visit a number of scenic and interesting Acadian historic sites, especially the memorial site of the Battle of Grand-Pré, which is located along the road and which confirms that the French continued to fight for Acadia long after transfer of the land under the Treaty of Utrecht of 1713.
Don’t forget to stop at Grand-Pré’s Observation Park. Located on Old Post Road, the park offers an unobstructed view of the Grand-Pré marshlands, the Memorial Church and Cape Blomidon.
The Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the SODRAC as well as Mr. Calixte Duguay, author, composer and editor of Les Aboiteaux for granting the autorisation to use this central piece of the Acadian repertoire which speaks of hope and resilience. You can find this musical masterpiece at the end of the section. Enjoy listening while strolling this magnicent site. http://www.sodrac.ca
Photo: Pauline Naillon