Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2013, Vol. 4 ›› Issue (3): 275-284.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2013.03.011

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World Heritage, Tourism Destination and Agricultural Heritage Landscape:The Case of Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada

E. Wanda GEORGE   

  1. Dept.of Business Administration and Tourism and Hospitality Management, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3M 2J6
  • Received:2013-02-07 Revised:2013-08-22 Online:2013-09-30 Published:2013-09-28

Abstract: Grand Pré,Nova Scotia,an outstanding example of a traditional land-use that is representative of human interaction with a distinctive environment,has been presented for UNESCO World Heritage Site(WHS)designation.One of Canada's most fertile agricultural landscapes,it is also an iconic memorial site for a people who overcame a tragedy of forced migration-the Acadian Deportation-in 1755,which has since become the lure for significant numbers of tourists to the region.Now facing a double threat of agriculture change and tourism decline,Grand Préhas high expectations from its recent WHS designation (2012)and the perceived tourism that it will bring.This concept paper discusses Grand Préas a globally important agriculture heritage system and,in light of previous research,questions its expectations of WHS designation as a conduit for future economic viability and sustainability in the region.

Key words: agriculture heritage landscape, UNESCO World Heritage Site, rural tourism, rural community, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada