Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal

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Explore Fort Anne National Historic Site, a culturally significant site conquered by many nations in the past. The fort was originally built by the Scots in 1629 and later further developed by the French in 1643. Visit 18th- and 19th-century buildings that today house various museums outlining the fort's history and showcasing the daily lifestyle of the soldiers. Try on costumes from the Acadian period, either a French or British military uniform. The kids can take part in the “Xplorers” program, which incorporates fun activities while exploring the fort and learning of its history. Marvel at the Fort Anne Heritage Tapestry, a colorful and intricate piece depicting 400 years of the site's history. Take a look at our Annapolis Royal trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Fort Anne National Historic Site and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Beautiful setting located in the heart of a historic town. Hills are great for young children to explore and roll down. The fort is connected to a waterfront walk that takes you into the town of Annap...  more »
  • Smell worth a visit from against the citadel in Halifax, but still. You can learn much about the changing English French history and also how the MI' Mi'kmaq including suffered.
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  • Nice visit to a site of Park Canada. Small activity book for children that allows better enjoy this educational tour!
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  • Exceptionally informative interactive museum outlining the history of the fort and the community. Plenty of great photo opportunities on the surrounding grounds. A wonderful place to walk off a delicious meal at the Garrison House Inn across the street in the evening. The graveyard is fantastic and the whole area is beautifully maintained. If you're interested in learning more I highly recommend the Candlelight Graveyard Tour.
  • Definitely a worthwhile attraction to visit! The fort is amazing, and they are giving free guided tours for Canada 150 that I 100% recommend (we got the last tour which started at 4, if I am not mistaken). Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and gave very nice historical context to the site. This was the highlight of Annapolis Royal for us, along with Habitation (aka Port-Royal National Historic Site), a reproduction of an early French settlement that's about a 20 minute drive away (also highly recommended).
  • This is a beautiful spot to go and walk around, relax, or have a picnic on a nice day. There are benches, picnic tables, and a couple of adirondack chairs. It's often windy here, which can be cool coming off the water. Free parking, no entrance fee for the site, toilets near the parking area. There's not that much to see aside from the scenery, though. There are several information panels with explanations of the historical significance of the site, a few cannons, some remains of buildings, and a museum in the center which you can visit for a fee.
  • A lovely outdoor stroll through Canada's history. Some guided tours available in summer. Several times during the summer there are wonderful activities on the grounds, including an Easter egg hunt, Canada Day celebrations and Natal Day Fireworks.
  • This is an amazing place! So much to see and many things to do in close proximity. The views are incredible in this rich and deeply historical area. Definitely one to check out, especially for 2017 Discovery pass holders!

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