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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  • Great view! Good lesson in history. Went with small children who loved all the displays and were able to run around (for the most part) Only one spot in one of the displays areas that looked like some...  more »
  • We enjoyed walking around the site and seeing how people lived during that time in history. We were a little disappointed that the only person who gave us any information was the wonderful woman at th...  more »
  • We had our Canad 150 pass so we paid a visit to Port Royal. It was very interesting to see how they lived at the time. We saw a demonstration of wood shingle making. Well worth the visit.  more »
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  • Probably one of the best parts of my trip to Nova Scotia. I felt completely immersed in a time long past. You just can't get this level of immersion through TV or video games or anything else: it's a truly unique experience and I can't recommend it enough. We got there very close to closing time (5:30pm), which was too bad because we couldn't get a guided tour, and had to rush through a bit. Nonetheless, the site was amazing. It really gave a good idea of how the early settlers must have lived. It felt real! I can't describe how nice it was to see and touch and feel an entirely hand-made from scratch settlement like this. We weren't originally planning to go to this site, but it is definitely a must for anyone touring through Nova Scotia. It's the top attraction that we visited in our stay.
  • Wonderful. Historical. Pleasant staff. Great learning experience.
  • A great place to see if you like old architecture and history. It took me a little more than one hour to fully tour.
  • National park if the oldest settlement in Canada. Very friendly staff who speak both English and French.
  • 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!

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