Terry, Doug & Roxie's Canadian Maritime Trip 2013 travel blog

Evangeline Statue in Front of Church Site

Gardens at Grand Pre'

Gardens at Grand Pre'

Roxie Trying to Stay Cool in Motorhome

We car pooled to the Grand Pre' French Acadian Information Center approximately 50 miles from our campground. We sat through a film telling about when the French Acadian's arrived in 1680 and built this large settlement. They built these large dykes that are part of the 31,740 acres, under sea level to keep the ocean salt water out. With the victory of the British in Quebec City, the Acadians were forced out in 1755 because they would not go by the rules that the British demanded. They were told that everything except their personal belongings was forfeited to the British Crown. More than 6,000 Acadians were deported out of Nova Scotia. Many of them went to Louisanna and their dependents are now called the Cajun.

Inspired by the deportation of the Grand Pre', in 1847, Henry Wadesworth Longfellow published the poem "Evangeline".

In 1907, the land was purchased, believing it was part of the site of the Acadian community where the church had been. A building has been erected on the same foundation thought to be the church. The new building looks like a church but is really part of the museum. They did find the old cemetery and a stone cross has been placed on that site. There are beautiful gardens and trees, ponds with water lilies and ducks, and a stream running through it.

Came back to campground and the electric had gone out again and it was 94 degrees in the motorhome. It took a while to get it cooled back down. We went over to Sandy and Clarence's and pooled our dinner. At 7 PM we went to the clubhouse for a get-together. Everyone told what they most liked about the trip and Rod presented each couple with a 12" X 14" photograph of an iceberg in Newfoundland.

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