100th anniversary of the Memorial Church

2022 marks the centennial of the church in Grand-Pré!

The Memorial Church expresses the Acadian’s strong attachment to Grand-Pré National Historic Site of Canada.

Built in 1922, with funds raised from Acadian communities throughout North America, the Memorial Church symbolizes the spirit of Acadian nationalism and the deep-seated desire to commemorate the tragedy of the Deportation.

Architect René Fréchet of Moncton, New Brunswick, drew up the plans for the church, which reflect Normandy-style architecture of the 1700s.

The design does not duplicate the original pre-Deportation church whose appearance is unknown. Archaeological excavations in 2001 suggest the Memorial Church was indeed built approximately where the original Grand-Pré parish church stood.

Classified Federal Heritage Building

On May 14, 1992, the Memorial Church was designated as Classified Federal Heritage Building for its association with the commemoration of Canadian history and the promotion of tourism through the construction of monuments; for the French Regime architectural antecedents in its design; and for its importance as a national symbol of Acadian history and culture.

 Read more about the Federal Heritage Building Designation

A century in pictures

To commemorate the Memorial Church's Centennial in 2022, we've prepared a gallery showing images of the iconic building from its construction to today. Click on the thumbnails for a short caption.