Charles Fort National Historic Site

Stand on the place where the first Scottish colonists arrived in 1629. Imagine their difficult lives and the ensuing struggles as European powers battled over control of North America. All that reminds us of Charles Fort today is a plaque on the grounds of Fort Anne National Historic Site in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.

Contact us

June 1 to September 30: 902-532-2397
October 1 to May 31: 902-532-2321

Hours of operation

A commemorative plaque at Fort Anne National Historic Site marks the location where Fort Charles once stood.

The grounds are open year-round.

Hours of Operation at Fort Anne National Historic Site


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