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Grand Pre National Historic Site

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Address: 2205 Grand Pre Rd, Grand Pre, Nova Scotia B0P 1M0, Canada
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+1 902-542-3631

At Grand-Pre, get to know the Acadians, Nova Scotia's early French...

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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We didn't really know what to expect but thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon here. Very informative films and exhibitions. Maybe a little one-sided though towards the Acadians and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Margaret H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We didn't really know what to expect but thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon here. Very informative films and exhibitions. Maybe a little one-sided though towards the Acadians and against the British. Lovely gardens.

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Port Williams, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

This is one of these things that have been in my backyard for years and I have never gone but I am glad I did! A great place to stop and stretch your legs and learn about the Acadian history.

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Pennington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Nice park describing the settlement of the Acadians from France and their expulsion by the British. Learned a lot about the people and history and there is plenty to do with the kids. Beautiful setting with lots to learn. Check out the Evangeline statue and other works of Arts too!

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

My wife raved about this place and, despite us visiting during the off-season (closed) it was still awesome to walk around the grounds and read + imagine the Acadia people's history. Being British I'm ashamed of the deportation but marvel at the history, how the Acadians came back together, the history of the land, the area and culture. Beautiful that... More 

Thank Chris R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

I visited the Grand Pre National Historical Site this week (November 3rd 2016). The walk was beautiful with the fall leaves surrounding. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area, She had a very animated way of speaking. I felt as though I was back in time reliving the hardships of the Acadian deportation. The story of Evangeline nearly... More 

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Kentville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I never understood the story of why the Acadiens were forced from their homes. This trip to Grand Pre was both insightful and heartbreaking. The historic site sheds light on how humble and proud Acadiens were to be working their lands and raising their families. They lived in peace and wanted to remain neutral about the oncoming war and because... More 

Thank Stephanie L
Nova Scotia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

As a descendant of the Acadians..I hold this site very near to my heart...so a trip to Grand Pre even when the church and visitor center is closed is still moving.. Just to walk around the grounds of this UNESCO world heritage site and see the church, the statue of Evangeline, etc...make it a worthwhile visit.

Thank K.C.NovaScotia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

A well done movie in French and English regarding the eviction of the French Settlers from this area in 1755. Some wonderful wooden carvings in the entrance and a lovely walk through a meadow to the rebuilt church with its displays of painting depicting the d'Arrangement. Some nice gardens. The old dykes, still keeping out the sea, are apparent in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We didn't know much about the Acadian's and the history of the area. A visit to the site provided us with an understanding of a difficult period in Canadian history. Well presented and worth a stop.

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Kingston, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

The cost for visiting this historic site was included in our Parks Canada Discovery Passes. We started in the Visitor Center and watched the very interesting 22 minute film, using headphones where you can select English or French. I would not recommend this film for very young children, as I think it might frighten them. We then enjoyed walking the... More 

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