The National Historic Site and surrounding landscape of Grand Pré was given a UNESCO World Heritage designation, qualifying under the cultural landscape category. The Grand Pré area encompassed 1,300 hectares of land and properties in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. It was the centre of French Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755. The National Historic Site honours the deportation of the Acadians, which began in 1755 and continued until 1762. (Photo: Grand Pré National Historic Site. Photograph by Gwen North.)