Nomination Grand Pré requested a “Legacy Project” be recommended by the consultants who created the Tourism Strategy and Framework in 2009. Following extensive research and community consultation, the recommendation to work with Parks Canada to develop an area to view the potential World Heritage Site was recommended in the February 2010 report.
The recommendation was as follows:
A panoramic viewing platform be developed at the top of the cornfield upland above the National Historic Site. The Viewing Deck will provide the quintessential “bird’s eye view of the marshland, dykes, National Historic Site and the Bay of Fundy and tides. This Viewing area will be a legacy for the community with or without World Heritage designation.
In August 2010, agreements were negotiated with Parks Canada by a group of local residents to accept donations to purchase an adjacent property. Donors from the local and Acadian communities, both local and distant, generously contributed to the project and on April 15th 2011, the property was transferred to Parks Canada. This moved the location of the viewing area as this newly acquired land is a higher property.
Several iterations of the design have been developed by local landscape architect, Angela Morin of Sage Design. A public consultative session was held in August 2011 to present the design concept to the community. It is anticipated that the project will be completed in spring 2012.
Here is the most recent draft of the design.