Grand Pré

We were in Nova Scotia for a long weekend, and on the spur of the moment Sunday decided to drive up the Valley toward Wolfville, an area of the province we hadn’t been to, as a family, in more than 15 years ago.

When we saw the sign on the highway pointing to “Coffee Museum” at the Grand Pré exit, I quickly signaled to exit, and 10 seconds later we were pulling into the driveway of the Just Us! café, retail store, roastery and coffee/fair trade museum. It’s an impressive operation and the museum in particular is of note for it covers not only the world of coffee, but the worlds of fair trade coffee and of cooperative enterprises (like Just Us!). Plus, they make an excellent cup of coffee.

As we’d left the highway anyway, I cast about for other things to see and do in Grand Pré, and the nearby National Historic Site because our next destination.

This too is an impressive destination: a well-done film and exhibit on the history of the expulsion of the Acadians all set in one of the most scenic areas of the country I’ve ever come across. Here’s a picture I casually snapped with my phone while walked back from the blacksmith shop on the edge of the site, looking over the rich farmland of the area, all reclaimed from the sea by Acadians more than 250 years ago:


We finished up the visit to the Valley with a jaunt into Wolfville for lunch at The Library Pub and a shop next door at The Box of Delights. Save for a brief oh-my-we’re-almost-out-of-gasoline panic on the other side of Windsor, it was an entirely pleasant day, and we’ve lots of reasons to go back before another 15 years passes.


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Kevin Lewis on June 17, 2015 - 09:56

Mayumi and I were there for the Labour Day weekend 2013 and were also impressed. We encountered excellent staff and Grand Pre. Somehow we missed the coffee museum. We had been to Joggins that morning and the two sites were too much for a single day. Our lunch was at Luckett's vineyard and it was excellent. I have recommended the area frequently since then.

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Oliver B on June 18, 2015 - 01:20

Are you calling the land "reclaimed" because it was dry once before, or just because that just seems to be how we always talk about drained land? I'm wondering if I've discovered something new to be a stickler about.

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Clark MacLeod on June 18, 2015 - 23:57

Beautiful. I miss the Maritimes.

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