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Grand Pre, NS

About Grand PréThe name Grand Pré, which means “great meadow,” refers to the extensive diked lands in the area. Settlers from Port-Royal moved to Grand Pré in the late 17th century and, copying the successful dike and floodgate system used in Port-Royal, reclaimed the rich marine sediment from the Minas Basin. Soon Grand Pré became the largest and most important community in Acadia.

During France's attempt to retake Acadia following the British conquest, French troops made a surprise attack upon British troops in Grand Pré on Feb. 11, 1747. The incident, which claimed nearly 100 lives, helped convince the British administration that the native Acadians should be deported. Grand Pré was the principal scene of the Acadian expulsion in 1755, which was immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem “Evangeline.”

Things to Do Church of the Covenanter

Grand Pré National Historic Site

WINERIES Domaine de Grand Pré

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Grand Pre, NS

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