Beaubassin view park to open Satur­day

Casey to be joined by Nova Sco­tia’s lieu­tenant gover­nor for cer­e­mony

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY -

Cum­ber­land-Colch­ester MP Bill Casey and Nova Sco­tia Lt.Gov. Arthur LeBlanc will un­veil a na­tional his­toric site plaque and wel­come vis­i­tors to the new view park at Beaubassin on Satur­day.

The cer­e­mony be­gins at 1:30 p.m. fol­lowed with re­fresh­ments and a chance to walk the site.

Close to two decades af­ter Casey first raised it with of­fi­cials in Ot­tawa, the view park at the Beaubassin Na­tional His­toric Site has been re­al­ized.

“Beaubassin was the com­mer­cial cen­ter of Aca­dia,” said Casey, not­ing that 7,000 ar­ti­facts have been found and 53 foun­da­tions of build­ings iden­ti­fied by Parks Canada ar­chae­ol­o­gists. “Imag­ine pick­ing up a pipe that an Aca­dian mer­chant had been smok­ing 270 years ago, and he put it down, and said ‘Now where did I put that pipe?’”

Casey said the view park, lo­cated near the pro­vin­cial bor­der at Fort Lawrence, will draw tourists to learn more about the Aca­dian his­tory along the isth­mus, as well as de­scen­dants of those early set­tlers trac­ing their Aca­dian roots in the area.

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