Fort Anne National Historic Site

Discover Canada’s first administered National Historic Site and one of the most hotly contested pieces of land on the continent. A succession of Scottish, French, and English settlers fought over this land, often drawing the Mi’kmaq into their conflict. Fort Anne is located in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.

A family exploring interactive exhibits.

Officers’ Quarters Museum

Dig deeper into the stories of all peoples connected to this place, including Mi’kmaq, Scottish, French, British, Acadian, and African Nova Scotian.

Guided tour

Guided tours

Explore the grounds, learn about Acadian culture or rummage through the archives.

Children trying on wooden shoes.

Explore the birthplace of Acadian culture

Learn about the Acadians, their resilience and passion for life, and the preservation of their culture.

Visiting Fort Anne National Historic Site

Activities and experiences

Things to do, guided tour, family and school programs, artifacts, Treaty, tapestry, trail, picnic.

Plan your visit

How to get here, maps and directions, facilities and services, hours, fees.

Shop and reserve

Passes and permits, souvenirs, reservations.


Visitor passes and program fees. Film and photography permits. Free admission for youth.

Passes and permits

Discovery Pass. Film permits.

Safety and guidelines

Important bulletins, weather, seasonal safety, visitor guidelines.

About Fort Anne National Historic Site

Culture and history

History, archaeology, people of significance.

Stewardship and management

Jobs, partners, permits and licenses, public consultations, plans, and policies.

Contact us

902-532-2397 (May to October)
902-532-2321 (October to May)


Hours of operation

May 17 to October 13, 2024
Open daily
9 am to 5 pm

The grounds are open year-round.


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