YOUR PASSPORT TO DISCOVER ACADIE

From its roots to today, travel through the centuries and discover eight authentic Acadian sites along this fascinating journey, from Grand-Pré in the Annapolis Valley to the Acadian Village in Lower West Pubnico. Learn about the early days of Acadie and discover the many threads that link the past to the present.

The Acadian Story, from its roots to today in
South West Nova Scotia, Grand-Pré to Pubnico.

When you come to visit Nova Scotia, pick up a paper copy of the Acadian Passport at any of the eight Heritage Sites listed on this website and start an adventure exploring the Acadian story. You can also download a PDF copy and start exploring using this website, right now! Links to each of the heritage sites are included below.

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The Acadian Story, from its roots to today in
South West Nova Scotia, Grand-Pré to Pubnico.

When you come to visit Nova Scotia, pick up a paper copy of the Acadian Passport at any of the eight Heritage Sites listed on this website and start an adventure exploring the Acadian story. You can also download a PDF copy and start exploring using this website, right now! Links to each of the heritage sites are included below.

Download Your Passport

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1. Grand-Pré National Historic Site

2205 Grand-Pré Rd, Grand-Pré.
ph: (902) 697-7101
em: grandpre.info@pc.gc.ca
In the heart of the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, Grand-Pré National Historic Site is a monument dedicated to Acadian culture in the 17th and 18th centuries. Discover life in Grand-Pré, situated in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the first settlement in 1682 to the deportation in 1755.
Explore a landscape of weeping willows, flowering bushes and fruit trees, and discover a statue of Evangeline, the famous heroine of Longfellow.

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2. Fort Anne National Historic Site

323 St. George St. Annapolis Royal.
ph: (902) 532-2397
em: southwestnova.nhs@pc.gc.ca
This is Nme’juaqnek - place of bountiful fish and a traditional fishing and gathering place for the Mi’kmaw. It became the centre of early European colonization and settlement. In the 1600s and 1700s, both the French and the British held military control here at times and fought for it at others. On this Mi’kmaw territory rich history abounds. Fort Anne is the first operated national historic site in Canada, designated in 1917.

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2. Fort Anne National Historic Site

323 St. George St. Annapolis Royal.
(902) 532-2397
Canada's oldest national historic site; scene of the struggle for empire between Britain and France.

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3. Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

441 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal.
ph: (902) 532-7018
em: admin@historicgardens.com
Experience an incredible fusion of heritage and gardens in our 17 acre Historic Gardens, recognized in 2015 by the Canadian Garden Council as Canada’s Garden of the Year! Resting on lands once inhabited by Acadian families in the early 17th century, visitors can explore a reconstructed 1671 Acadian house and stroll along a dykewalk around old Acadian marshlands. Enjoy guided tours, hallmark events like “Wine & Roses” and more.

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4. Port-Royal National Historic Site

53 Historic Lane, Port Royal.
ph: (902) 532-2397
em: southwestnova.nhs@pc.gc.ca
Discover this reconstructed 1605 French habitation - one of the earliest European settlements in North America.
Step into the daily life of a frontier colony; explore the gentlemen’s quarters, trading and store rooms, bakery, kitchen and forge, filled with period furnishings and tools.

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4. Port-Royal National Historic Site

53 Historic Lane, Port Royal.
(902) 532-2397
Canada's oldest national historic site; scene of the struggle for empire between Britain and France.

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5. Sainte-Marie Church

1713 Highway 1, Church Point.
(902) 769-2832
Learn how the Acadians built this breathtaking structure, the largest wooden church in North America.
Sainte-Marie Church is adjacent to the Université Sainte-Anne campus at Church Point. Sainte-Marie's Parish, the first to be established in the Baie Sainte-Marie region of southwestern Nova Scotia.

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6. Rendez-vous de la Baie

23 Lighthouse Road Unit 1, Université Ste-Anne, Church Point.
(902) 769-2345/1234
This Visitor Centre is the starting point for exploring the Acadian region of Clare along St. Mary’s Bay, a post-deportation region with a vibrant Acadian culture. The centre houses a museum, art gallery, visitor information, internet café, cultural programming and more.

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6. Rendez-vous de la Baie

23 Lighthouse Road Unit 1, Université Ste-Anne, Church Point.
(902) 769-2345/1234
This Visitor Centre is the starting point for exploring the Acadian region of Clare along St. Mary’s Bay, a post-deportation region with a vibrant Acadian culture. The centre houses a museum, art gallery, visitor information, internet café, cultural programming and more.

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7. Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos

898 Route 335, West Pubnico.
ph: (902) 762-3380
em: musee.acadien@ns.sympatico.ca
Discover the Acadian history of Pubnico dating back to 1653, an Acadian community which is still occupied by the descendants of its founder. Learn about the Acadian people, hear their stories and take part in their culture. Archival treasures and artifacts spanning more than four centuries wait to be discovered.

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8. The Historical Acadian Village of Nova Scotia

91 Old Church Road, Lower West Pubnico.
ph: (902) 762-2530 | toll-free: 1 (888) 381-8999
em: roger@ns.aliantzinc.ca
In this early 1900s Acadian village, situated on a beautiful 17-acre site overlooking Pubnico Harbour, experience a language, culture, and way of life that has thrived along this shore for more than 350 years.

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8. The Historical Acadian Village of Nova Scotia

91 Old Church Road, Lower West Pubnico.
(902) 762-2530
In this early 1900s Acadian village, situated on a beautiful 17-acre site overlooking Pubnico Harbour, experience a language, culture, and way of life that has thrived along this shore for more than 350 years.

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