Activities and experiences

Melanson Settlement National Historic Site

Stroll the path through shady green trees to reach the lookout over what used to be the Melanson Settlement, a close-knit community of families and neighbours farming together on the dykeland. See original artwork on interpretive panels to learn more about the life that was once lived here.

Trail with family
A girl and dog

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.

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.

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 Melanson Settlement and of the life that was once lived here.

Things to do

Wildlife viewing Animal watching
Sea birds Bird watching
Dogs on leash Dog walking
Hiking Hiking
Notice board Interpretive trail
Lookout Lookout
Photo Opportunity Photography
Picnic area Picnicking

Services and amenities

Accessible Parking
Accessible Facilities Accessible services
Accessible Toilet Accessible toilet
Bus parking Bus parking
Dogs on leash Dogs on leash
Lookout Interpretive panels
Lookout Lookout
Toilet Outhouses
Parking Parking
Picnic area Picnic area
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