Parks Canada is closing Grand Pré National Historic Site in Annapolis Valley early as a measure to cope with federal budget cuts.


Grand Pré will close early this year due to federal budget cuts. (CBC)

The site was originally supposed to remain open until Oct. 15, but it's closing a week earlier on Oct. 8.

Grand Pré, is also closed Sundays and Mondays.

Grand Pré was the centre of Acadian settlement until the deportation began in 1755.

"As a retired person who likes to come here after Labour Day, I hate to see the closing," said Mike Carpenter of South Dakota.

David Los was visiting the site from Edmonton.

"We certainly appreciate that it was open during our visit here," said Los.

"It would have been a shame if we had come this distance and it had been closed."

German visitor, Matthias Muller, planned to go to another Parks Canada site that was closed — Port Royal.

"So we were lucky have it open here, but would have been a pity if it was closed."

Just up the road, Raymond Shay of Laurel's Antiques, is getting an earful from visitors showing up on days the site is now closed.

"They were very upset, of course. They weren't upset with me, but they were upset over the fact that they were closed," said Shay, who is also worried the premature closure will hurt his business.