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“A must-see in the Annapolis Valley”

Grand Pre National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Grand Pre
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Owner description: 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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50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“A must-see in the Annapolis Valley”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Understanding the region requires a visit to this site, dedicated to the Acadian settlement history. Spend at least an hour here and then visit the other related sites in the area.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Acadian History”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is a beautiful Historic Site which is close to Halifax, and well worth the drive. The grounds are very well kept with amazing gardens and landscaping, video presentation, guided tours, informative museum and display boards throughout telling the story of how the early settlers managed the lands, through to the devastation of the expulsion of the people of Acadie. The staff are knowledgeable and very approachable. A part of our history more people should become familiar with and this is a great place to do just that.

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A piece of Canadian history”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

The history of the Acadians doesn't get a lot of play in most Canadian history courses in High School or university. Nevertheless it is an important part of our heritage. The Grand Pre site does a great job of explaining the history - we had a guided walking tour through the gorgeous grounds and the restored church and watched the movie on the history of the mass deportation of the Acadians.
Places like this make me proud to be Canadian, and are an example of tax dollars well spent.

Visited July 2013
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Surrey, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
43 attraction reviews
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“Not a lot to see”
Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

The grounds of the museum are beautiful gardens where you can stroll around or have a picnic. There are information boards up to show you what was there, but there are no reconstructed buildings to see, other than the church. Inside the main entrance centre there is a display of pictures and some artifacts that explain the deportations and their farming system. In order to really get full value, you must take the time to listen to all the recorded messages here and in the church. There is also a 20 minute video to see and twice a day there are guided tours.

Visited July 2013
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Massillon, Ohio
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85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Beautiful grounds. The story of the Acadian people and their diaspora was fascinating. Explained a lot to those of us from the States. Worth the admission if you are interested in history.

Visited July 2013
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