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Grand Pré National Historic Site of Canada

Educational Activities on Site

Interior of the new Visitors Reception and Information Center at Grand-Pré.  Exhibit panels depict the story of the Acadians in the region and the tragic events of 1755.
Interior of the new Visitors Reception and Information Center at Grand-Pré. Exhibit panels depict the story of the Acadians in the region and the tragic events of 1755.
© Parks Canada / Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia / 03.36.06.03 (08)

Grand-Pré National Historic Site of Canada offers visitors the services of interpretive guides. The Visitor Reception and Interpretation Center also houses a large exhibit hall on the history of Grand-Pré and Acadie. Visitors can learn about the story of the Deportation by viewing a multimedia theatre presentation.

The staff also offer various activities and workshops for groups of students, primary to grade 12, such as "Costume, Song and Dance", "Detective at Grand-Pré" and "Six Hats: Deportation Analysis" to name a few. It is important to reserve for these events.

Overview of Activities by Grade Level

(The following is a guideline and most programs can be adapted to various grade levels)

Primary to Grade 4 - "Costume, Song and Dance" (Guided Activity)
Indoor or outdoor (weather permitting) activity which lasts 45 minutes. Traditional clothing worn by the Acadians are compared and contrasted with modern clothing. Students will learn a traditional song and dance.

Grades 2 to 4 - "My Visit to Grand-Pré" (Non-Guided Activity)
Indoor and outdoor activity which lasts 45 to 60 minutes. This activity is done in small groups whereby students observe and explore Grand-Pré National Historic Site in search for anwers to the questions posed in the “My Visit to Grand-Pré” questionaire.

Grades 2 to 6 - "Building a Dyke" (Guided Activity)
Indoor activity which lasts 45 minutes. Students will learn how Acadians reclaimed marshlands around “la Baie Française” (Bay of Fundy) and “le Bassin des Mines” (Minas Basin). Working in teams of four or five, students will build a dyke with “aboiteaux” (sluice) utilizing Lego bricks, which was used to drain the marsh and to stop the sea from coming back onto the land at high tide.

Grades 4 to 9 - "The Mysterious Mixed up Artefacts" (Guided Activity)
Indoor activity which lasts 45 minutes. Imagine life in 17th and 18th Century Acadia through its artefacts. Objects made by humans represent a complete gamut of activities. Among them, the most fundamental are linked to our essential needs: eating, drinking, and protecting ourselves from the elements. Even without written documentation, objects can speak eloquently about their users. Students will help uncover the past using the systematic approach of the archaeologist, practicing focused observation, classification, and comparison in a team approach context.

Grades 5 to 10 - "Discover Grand-Pré" (Non-Guided Activity)
Indoor and outdoor activity which lasts 45 to 60 minutes. This activity is done in small groups whereby students observe and explore Grand-Pré National Historic Site in search for anwers to the questions posed in the “Discover Grand-Pré” document.

Grades 5 to 8 - "Detective at Grand-Pré" (Non-Guided Activity)
Indoor and outdoor activity which lasts 45 to 60 minutes. This activity is done in small groups whereby students observe and explore various aspects of Acadian history that will enable them to answer the questions posed on the “Discover Grand-Pré” questionaire.

Grades 7 to 12 - "At Grand-Pré, Paintings, Sculptures, and Art Speak to You" (Non-Guided Activity)
Indoor and outdoor activity which lasts 45 to 60 minutes. This activity is done in small groups whereby students observe and explore various aspects of Acadian life and culture enabling them to answer the questions posed on the “Discover Grand-Pré” questionaire.

Grades 7 to 12 - "Deportation: 1755" (Guided Activity)
Indoor activity that lasts 45 minutes. It is normally preceded by the viewing of the multimedia presentation (22 min). The goal of this activity is to provide students with a more personal comprehension of the events of the 1755 Deportation. This is accomplished by each student taking on the role of an Acadian who actually lived in Grand Pré at the time, and working through the events; from being called to the church where the Order was read out, to their arrival in the colonies.