Port-Royal National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal

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Step into a re-creation of France's first successful New World colony when you visit Port-Royal National Historic Site. A walk through the village gives you the experience what one of the earliest settlements in Canada was like. Staff dress in period costumes and many perform jobs and tasks from the time period. Children can take part in an explorer program by completing various period educational tasks around the village. Once kids complete the tasks, they are rewarded with a souvenir. For Port-Royal National Historic Site and beyond, use our Annapolis Royal travel itinerary planner to get the most from your Annapolis Royal vacation.
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  • You'll have a deepened understanding of European settlement in Canada once you've visited this site, whether you are an expert historian or just an interested visitor.  more »
  • The costumed historic interpreters really make this a special stop. I wasn't sure what to expect when we arrived and was so pleased with the detail we found at this historic site. We liked wandering i...  more »
  • Any visitor is awed when they realize this reconstruction is authentic ... right down to the exact location (known because the original well was found, as were Champlain's original plans). This is an ...  more »
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  • If you're already in the area I highly recommend a stop here. It is probably a good 1-2 hour visit and quite affordable for a whole family to stop in. You'll learn a lot about the history of the first ever French colony in Nova Scotia, basically a fur trading expedition. You'll also learn how the British, per their usual MO, burned it to the ground. That being said the guides, dressed in historic clothing, are super knowledgeable not only about the history, but about the way the site was reconstructed as well. You can wander through every room and see how it once looked and what each room was used for in the past. A very fun experience for sure!
  • While very interesting, I was amazed at the incredible photo opportunities this recreation provides. Also want to say how amazingly helpful the guides were. My wife is Acadian and they were able to point her to a map showing where her earliest relative lived in the sixteen hundreds - on his own initiative.
  • This was a great stop. The kids had a good time learning of the history of the port and the staff/actors were very good. Learned to make wood shingles!
  • My earliest ancestor in North America, Louis Hebert, was here about 1606, before settling in Quebec with his family. The staff do a great job!
  • Amazing reconstruction of the historic Port Royal habitation. Interesting learning experience and beautiful view.