The Landscape of Grand Pré

“This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks, bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight, stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic…”     – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When Longfellow wrote his epic 1847 poem, Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie, it galvanized the Acadian people who had been exiled from their homeland, now known as Nova Scotia. Because they wished to remain neutral and refused to pledge their allegiance to the British crown, “The Great Expulsion” of 1755 forced 10,000 Acadians to seek refuge in Europe, New England, the Caribbean, and Louisiana (where “Acadians” morphed into “Cajuns”). While living in this area, they developed and implemented an ingenious system of dykes that desalinated the rich soil deposited from the Bay of Fundy. Today The Landscape of Grand Pré, a Unesco World Heritage site, tells their story.

The View
While not as extensive as the system used by the Acadians, dykes are still used on this land.
Church and flowers
This church is a memorial to the men and boys who were read the deportation order on September 5, 1755, and imprisoned until the ships arrived that would scatter their families.

Garden view of church

The Gardens

Evangeline
Evangeline
Happy as a clam
Nancy, happy as a clam, on her last night with us.
Our campsite
View from our campsite near Yarmouth

14 thoughts on “The Landscape of Grand Pré

  1. Janie you’re wonderful storyteller and photographer. I feel like I’m there with you and Russ and your inspiring us to make a similar journey sometime in the future

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  2. I just had a chance to get caught up on your trip. Our family went on a trip to Nova Scotia had to be 38ish years ago. Went to many of the same places you have been. So beautiful. I love tagging along with you and look forward to the next chapter. Happy journeys!!! Love, Sue (& Clint)

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