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. Use our Annapolis Royal online attractions planner to arrange your visit to Port-Royal National Historic Site and other attractions in Annapolis Royal.
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  • National parks have recreated scrupulously (as at Louisbourg) the 1st french establishment in the Canada. Built in wood and driven by guides in costume. Where it touches the finger could be the life of the early settlers who worked and traded with the Indians. The opportunity also to wring the neck of a historical fable: it is the charentais huguenot Pierre Dugua de Mons (born in Royan, dead at Pons) who has been charged by Henri IV for the expedition and not his Deputy Samuel de Champlain. But the official history decided otherwise, Champlain had the advantage of being Catholic! Count at least 1 hour.
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  • Beautiful historic site and the walk around the grounds is lovely! The historic facts are interesting and the old graves are chilling! We will have to return!  more »
  • The original structure was built here in 1605 and is the first official settlement in Canada by French people from France. It was destroyed by the British on 1613. In the early 1900's there was a move...  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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