Nova Scotia Celebrates Grand Pré as World Heritage Site

Published by the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage

Saturday, June 30, 2012

After five years of hard work by all levels of government and community members, the historic and cultural landscape of Grand Pré became Nova Scotia's newest UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Grand Pre has long held a special place in the hearts of Acadian and farming communities in this province. Now thanks to this prestigious recognition and the enhanced protection it provides, all Nova Scotians and people from around the world will be able to appreciate and enjoy the area's rich culture and heritage for years to come. Education Minister Ramona Jennex, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra

Acadians are proud of their cultural identity. The UNESCO designation allows the whole world to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Acadians in Nova Scotia. Acadian Affairs Minister David Wilson

This is a tremendous symbolic achievement for the Acadian people whose ancestors persevered through upheaval and peaceful reconciliation leading up to this historic day. Gerald Boudreau, co-chair of the Nomination Grand Pré Advisory Board

The UNESCO designation confirms what we have always known. The Landscape of Grand Pré is an international treasure of outstanding universal value. Peter Herbin, co-chair of the Nomination Grand Pré Advisory Board.

Quick Facts

  • The announcement was made at a meeting of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • The designation focuses the world's attention on the agricultural value of the dykelands and on the symbolic importance of the landscape to Acadians worldwide.
  • The World Heritage designation offers great potential to attract more visitors to the province and positions the province as a world class travel destination.
  • Grand Pré becomes the third World Heritage Site in Nova Scotia. Lunenburg was added to the list in 1995 and the Joggins fossil cliffs in 2008
  • UNESCO also approved two biosphere reserves for Nova Scotia in the past decade. Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve was recognized in 2001 and Bras d'Or Lakes Biosphere Reserve in 2011.
  • Nomination Grand Pré, which brought together the provincial, federal and municipal governments and other partners, worked to prepare the nomination for submission to UNESCO in February 2011.
  • Grand Pré joins a list with some of the world's most outstanding sites, including the Serengeti, Egyptian pyramids and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Since 2008-09, the province has contributed $105,000 from the former department of Economic and Rural Development, $83,000 from the former department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage and $42,000 from Acadian Affairs and the Canada-Nova Scotia Agreement on French-language Services to support the project.
  • With the UNESCO designation now in place, the province will act on its commitment to provide a $2.5-million investment to a new stewardship board that will be responsibile to protect the site. Board members will be announced soon.

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Media Contacts

Michael Noonan
Communities, Culture and Heritage
Barbara Madic
Nomination Grand Pré


An aerial view of the Landscape of Grand Pré.
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The landmark church in Grand Pré with the Evangeline statue to the right.
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The Deportation Cross in Grand Pré.
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An aerial view of the Dykeland Fields.
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Some children pose for a photo with the Expulsion Sculpture.
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The signature image used by the committee of the Landscape of Grand Pré.
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