Culture and history

Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Historic Sites

One Special Place, Two Important Sites

Parks Canada invites you to discover two national historic sites, once home to the Mi’gmaq, Acadians, French and British. Events here shaped present-day Canada.

The remnants of the village of Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence lie here, beneath the surface.

A Mi’gmaq and Acadian place

The Beaubassin region provided the quickest route between what is today mainland Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The Missaguash and other rivers linked by...

A village caught in the crossfire

In 1749, French troops came from Quebec to claim the territory north of the Missaguash River. The British responded in the spring of 1750 by sending...

Fort Lawrence

In September 1750 Major Charles Lawrence returned to Beaubassin with 700 British soldiers. This time they were able to land and built a large wooden fort,...

Protecting our natural and cultural heritage

Archaeology has revealed many cultural treasures: First Nations objects, evidence of Beaubassin homes and Fort Lawrence buildings, the traces of gardens, pathways, roads and fences, and the impacts from burning the village, plowing the fields, and occupying the land.

On site conservation efforts include monitoring and conserving habitat for several species at risk like the short eared owl, the barn swallow and the bobolink. The little brown bat and the northern long-eared bat are also endangered species that nest in the surroundings.

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