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Grand-Pré National Historic site of Canada
Feel the Heartbeat of Old Acadie - Still Vibrant and Proud!
The Société Promotion Grand-Pré, a non profit organization representing the Acadian community, entered into a partnership with Parks Canada in 1997 to offer interpretive, promotional and marketing services at Grand-Pré National Historic Site. This partnership enabled the construction of a multi-million dollar visitor centre on the site in 2003. It has greatly enhanced the visitor's experience.
In 2001, the Société entered into a partnership with the Northeast Archaeological Research Group to carry out archaeological digs at Grand-Pré Historic Site every summer. This program offers students in the Archaeological Program of Saint Mary's University an opportunity to participate in a summer field school at Grand-Pré. This initiative has brought to light thousands of artifacts from the Acadian settlement period and, together, we are developing a "Behind the Scenes" archaeological program that will be offered to visitors. More information will be posted as this project progresses.
The Société has also made several other arrangements with government and the private funding partners to complete various projects such as the mural by Wayne Boucher in the foyer, and the bronze sculpture entitled "Deportation" by the world-renowned artists Jules Lasalle and André Fournelle. The Société continues to work with these partners, and will create new partnerships to further enhance the visitor's experience at Grand-Pré in the years to come.
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Grand-Pré is now on Canada's Short List to be considered for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Société is working with local and governmental partners to prepare a submission to present to the UNESCO commission in the near future.
We are pleased to offer "Fam Tours" to all prospective Travel Trade partners. For more information, please contact us and we will be happy to organize your next visit to Grand-Pré.