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Grand-Pré National Historic Site

Tourism Region: Evangeline Trail

Image highlighting the museum Grand-Pré National Historic Site

At Grand-Pré, 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 narrative poem Evangeline, and includes the church and cemetery.



2242 Grand-Pré Road
Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia
B0P 1M0

Telephone: (902) 542-3631
Fax: (902) 542-1691

Mailing Address: 
Grand-Pré National Historic Site
P.O. Box 150, Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia
B0P 1M0

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Hours of Operation

Canada Day (July 1st)
Acadie Seminar (July 19, 2003)
Grand-Pré Acadian Day (July 20,2003)
Acadian National Holiday (August 15)
Order of the Deportation (September 5)

Open: May 1 - Oct. 30...............9am - 6pm


Administration fees

About Collections

Acadian Artifacts
Statue of Evangeline by Philippe et Henri Hébert
Paintings by Claude Picard
Stained Glass by T E. Smith-Lamothe
Lewis Parker Prints
Relief Images by Claude Roussel
Statue of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption

Approximate number of objects in the collections: 1250

Fine Arts

Statue of Evangeline by Philippe et Henri Hébert
Paintings of Claude Picard
Stained Glass by T E. Smith-Lamothe
Lewis Parker Prints
Relief Images by Claude Roussel
Statue of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption


Services & Activities

Your admission ticket gives you access to the gardens, the church, the blacksmith shop, the services of interpretive guides and the statue of Evangeline and other monuments.

Educational Programs

Primary - 4
" Costume, Song and Dance " (Indoor Activity)
Compare and contrast traditional clothing worn by the Acadians with modern clothing. Learn a traditional song and chance.

Grades 2 - 4
" My visit to Grand-Pré " (Indoor and Outdoor Activity)
Observe and explore Grand-Pré National Historic Site.

Grades 5 - 7
In the case of a visit which includes several classes, the pupils will be divided into two groups. The two groups will take turns doing " Discover Grand-Pré " and one indoor activity.

" Deportation: 1755 " (Indoor Activity)
Role play the events of the Deportation from Grand-Pré.

" Detective at Grand-Pré " (Indoor Activity)
Work in small groups to search the exhibits for facts about the Deportation.

" Church Search " (Indoor Activity)
Work in small groups to answer questions about life and material culture of the Acadians.

" Discover Grand-Pré " (Outdoor Activity)
Observe and explore Grand-Pré NHS. The activity is done in small groups.

Grades 9 - 12
" Six Hat: Deportation Analysis " (Indoor Activity)
Examine and analyse the Deportation as an historical event from different perspectives.

Other: The Société Promotion Grand-Pré and the Société nationale de l'Acadie are cooperating this year to bring Acadian history to life in your classrooms!

The theme this year is: " Routes to our roots "

Personnel from the Société Promotion Grand-Pré will come to your school.

Programs available:

The Mysterious Mixed up Artifacts (45 min) Grade 4-6
Manipulate actual 18th century Acadian artifacts while discovering the techniques of the archaeologist.

The Deportation (45 min) Grade 4-6
A role play based on the events of the Deportation.

The Dyking Game (45 min) Grade 4-6
Discover the methods of dyke construction and work together in "families to build your own dyke.

Evangeline (90 min) Grade 7-9
Act in a play based on Longfellow's poem.

Visitor Services

The gardens, the monuments, the church with its paintings, stained glass, and exhibits, and especially our guide-interpreters, are there to tell you the story of the Acadian people.

Washrooms • Parking Facilities : Bus

Internet Services

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Publications & Products

The Société Promotion Grand-Pré Launches Two New Publications

In keeping with its mandate to promote Acadian history and culture, the Société Promotion Grand-Pré has just launched two new publications. With funding from Parks Canada, the Société Promotion Grand-Pré has produced two excellent bilingual booklets designed for the general public.

With the help of maps, photos and drawings, the booklet called Dykes and Aboiteaux describes how the early Acadians turned salt marshes into fertile meadows. This is a very clear and well-written educational tool that showcases the agricultural methods that reinforced the solidarity of the Acadian people.

The booklet entitled Lt. Col. John Winslow's List of the Acadians in the Grand-Pré Area in 1755 provides an authentic reproduction of the original document owned by the Massachusetts Historical Society. Compiled at the request of Winslow, this list includes the names of the 446 men who were the heads of families living in the Grand-Pré region at the time of the Deportation. It constitutes an invaluable document for anyone doing genealogical research.

Each booklet is 16 pages long and costs only $2.95. Both booklets can be purchased at the Boutique at Grand-Pré National Historic Site and at numerous other sales outlets.