Grand Pré Landscape an International Treasure

Grand Pré. Photo, Wikipedia.

Grand Pré. Photo from Wikipedia media commons.

UNESCO has declared the Grand Pré Landscape to be a World Heritage site.

Come visit this beautiful area and stop in at a few of the many wineries in this region: Grand Pré, Muir Murray, Luckett, L’Acadie, Gaspereau and Benjamin Bridge. Gorgeous, internationally important landscapes, fascinating history and lots of wonderful wines: what more could you need?

The Landscape of Grand-Pré (Canada): Situated in the southern Minas Basin of Nova Scotia, the Grand Pré marshland and archaeological sites constitute a cultural landscape bearing testimony to the development of agricultural farmland using dykes and the aboiteau wooden sluice system, started by the Acadians in the 17th century and further developed and maintained by the Planters and present day inhabitants. The site – marked by one of the most extreme tidal ranges in the world, averaging at 11.6 metres – is also inscribed as a memorial to Acadian way of life and deportation, which started in 1755. Over 1,300 hectares, the cultural landscape encompasses a large expanse of polder farmland and archaeological elements of the towns of Grand Pré and Hortonville, which was built by the British successors of the Acadians. The landscape is an exceptional example of the adaptation of the first European settlers to the conditions of the North American Atlantic coast and an iconic place of remembrance of the Acadians’ deportation, known as the Grand Dérangement.”