Province/Territory: Nova Scotia

Dig Cajun's roots in L'Acadie

  • 1300 hectacres of land reclaimed by the Acadians
  • 12 picturesque, French-speaking villages
  • 02-step dancing lessons for the yearly Fais do do

Stroll the dykes and monuments of Grand Pré, birthplace of Acadian culture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in grass, sea, wood and waves layered on the horizon like an East Coast quilt. Bite into a crisp Annapolis apple and picture life 400 years ago, when French settlers used dirt, dykes and ingenuity to transform thousands of acres of tidal salt marshes into fertile farmland.

Stand next to Evangeline, symbol of the Acadian's historic exodus to the U.S. south. Listen to stories of villagers whose descendants returned to the Fundy shores to rebuild their community with bright paint, lobster traps, and rollicking kitchen parties. Sit in a lighthouse kitchen and tuck into a meal of potato-and-chicken rappee pie with Acadian Cream Ale, or stroll a family-run vineyard and try pepper-crusted scallops with a lively L'Acadie Blanc.

Why you should visit
  • Discover the connection between Canada's Acadians and Louisiana's Cajuns at a UNESCO World Heritage Site, designated for its cultural history and agricultural landscape.
  • Stroll the centuries with an award-winning tour guide and Acadian descendant in Annapolis Royal.
  • Dine on lobster and watch the world's highest tides rush in an inch a minute at Hall's Habour Lobster Pound.
  • Clap along at the “Fais do do” at the authentic Festival acadien de Clare.
  • Chat with one of a thousand fishers at Dennis Point Wharf.
  • Learn to fillet a haddock, shuck a scallop, or splice a rope in Yarmouth.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go
  • The Grand Pré landscape is accessible year round, but facilities at the National Historic Site are open May to September.
  • Summer is festival and farmer's market season - look for Savour the Local Sea, Seafest, Musique de la Baie, and markets in Yarmouth, Belliveau Cove, and Argyle.
  • In September, tour nearby wineries from the top of a double-decker bus.
Need to know
  • Respect private property by staying on the road when touring the region's marshlands.
  • Grand Pré is actually an entire region - deepen your experience by exploring the nearby villages of the Acadian Shores.
  • Ask about Authentic Hosts to connect with local people.
Getting Here
  • Grand Pré is located near the village of Wolfville, a 1-hour drive north from Halifax.
  • Greyhound offers bus service between Halifax and Wolfville.
  • From May through December, arrive by sea from New Brunswick aboard the MV Princess of Acadia Ferry.
  • Several shuttle services offer daily return transportation along the Acadian shoreline between Wolfville and Yarmouth.
  • On-site parking for cars and RVs.