OFFERING AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES OF GRAND-PRÉ NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE AND
THE LANDSCAPE OF GRAND PRÉ UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Found in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Grand Pré is a lush green area with plenty to offer. This part of Canada is known for the trees, plants, and the marshlands. However, it is also considered a National Historic Site of Canada due to the history of this location. This was the original settlement of the Acadians; they came here in the early part of the 17th century.
French Acadians were the first to settle in the Grand Pré area. They had to relocate due to being forced out by the British in the mid-18th century. This was known as deportation and it meant the Acadians had to move to places all over rather than continuing to grow this thriving community. The history of the Acadian heritage and culture remains alive today thanks to this historical area. It is a wonderful place for people to learn about the history and to connect with the lifestyle of their early ancestors.
People come from all over the world to visit this part of Canada. Grand Pré is high on the list of stops during those trips. It doesn’t disappoint either as there is Memorial Church which is now a museum. There are numerous statutes outside that identify symbols of the Acadian way of life. The Acadian Memorial Cross is located at the spot of an old cemetery where at least 600 Acadians are believed to be buried.
The amazing beauty as far as the eyes can see all around Grand Pré also encourages people to visit this area of Annapolis Valley. There are rolling hills and green farmland. There are parks and gardens with vivid colours and a huge array of different plants and flowers. There are both wildlife sanctuaries and nature preserves not too far away. They are convenient to access due to the marked trails.
A variety of events and festivals are held in Grand Pré every year. Many of them reflect the Acadian culture and strive to teach about the history of this area. In August, the Acadian Festival is held here. It features live music, food, and plenty of other forms of entertainment for the entire family to enjoy.
Several vineyards and wineries are located in Grand Pré, and they also draw people to the area. They can go for a tour, try different wines, and spend time taking part in the annual grape harvest. Some of the locations allow visitors to try their hand at making wine too! There is no shortage of things to do or places to explore with a visit to Grand Pré.
It is a good idea to find out what is on the calendar of events before you go. This will help you plan your agenda to include the things you wish to see or do the most. You won’t believe how charming this area is or all it has to offer. It is a chance to learn about the culture and also take part in modern-day events. Everyone leaves this area with wonderful memories and a desire to return!