Acadian Day of Remembrance Commemorated on December 13th at Port-la-JoyeFort Amherst National Historic Site

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Annual ceremony marks the deportation of Acadians in 1758

December 1, 2017                                 Charlottetown, PEI               Parks Canada Agency

The public is invited to attend the annual Acadian Remembrance Day Ceremony at Port-la-JoyeFort Amherst National Historic Site on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017.

This annual commemoration is designed to be a day of remembrance, but also celebrates the richness and the dynamism of the Acadian people as a model of courage and perseverance. Parks Canada is pleased to collaborate with la Société Saint-Thomas d'Aquin, la Fédération culturelle de l’Î.-P.-É., la Commission scolaire de langue française de l’Î.-P.-É. and the Musée acadien to mark this day.

Events will begin at 10:30 a.m. with words of remembrance, a moment of silence, and a procession to the monument of the Acadian Odyssey, including traditional music. Refreshments will be served.

Parks Canada’s national historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nation and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history.


Acadian Remembrance Day is a time to pause and commemorate a tragic period in our history. Parks Canada, as stewards of the site where The Great Upheaval took place on Prince Edward Island, is honoured to work with partners across the Acadian community to host the ceremony and to celebrate the rich culture of the Acadian people.”

Karen Jans,
Prince Edward Island Field Unit Superintendent

“We are happy to collaborate with a growing number of partners in the organization of this moving event for the Acadians of Prince Edward Island, and we hope that Acadian Remembrance Day continues to grow in the coming years.”

Guy Labonté,
President, Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin

Quick Facts

  • The Acadian Day of Remembrance pays homage to the more than 3,000 Acadians who were deported from Îsle Saint-Jean (Prince Edward Island) in 1758.

  • Known as The Great Upheaval among Acadians, the 1758 deportation of Acadians from Prince Edward Island resulted in the deaths of more than half of those deported.

  • Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site was the site of the first permanent European settlement on Prince Edward Island. Three hundred French settlers arrived here and established a settlement in 1720. 

  • Parks Canada is responsible for protecting and presenting nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage.

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Janette Gallant
Communications Officer

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency

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