Stroll the path surrounded by shady green trees to reach the viewpoint overlooking what used to be the Melanson Settlement, a close-knit community of families and neighbours farming together on the dykeland. Look down to the rivière Dauphin (Annapolis River) and the marais de Saint-Charles (Queen Anne Marshe). See original artwork on interpretive panels which explain more of the importance of this place and of the life that was once lived here.

Situated on uplands along the Annapolis River, this open field is the pre-Deportation site (circa 1664) of an Acadian settlement established by Charles Melanson dit La Ramée and his wife, Marie Dugas. The site reveals patterns of dyke-land agriculture and settlement that, although unique in North America, were common throughout the Port-Royal area and in other parts of Acadia.

Original artwork highlights the interpretive panels that tell of the importance of Melanson Settlement. A short loop trail (193 m) guides the visitor from the parking lot to a lookout where the uplands, marsh and river are all visible.

Trail with family © Parks Canada/R. Smith
Trail - girl and dog
Trail - flora Photos © Parks Canada/A. Rierden


All activities

Dogs on leash Dog walking
Photo Opportunity Photography
Notice board Interpretive trail
Picnic area Picnicking
Lookout Lookout