Port-Royal National Historic Site

Port-Royal features a reconstruction of the Habitation, one of the earliest European settlements in North America where Samuel de Champlain lived in 1605.

Costumed interpreters share with visitors the challenges faced by the French, and their friendship with the Mi’kmaq. It is located in Port Royal, Nova Scotia.

Please be advised that Port-Royal National Historic Site will re-open Saturday, May 25 at 9 am. Electricity has been restored at the site. Parks Canada thanks visitors and supporters for their patience during the site closure.

A fiddler and a costumed interpreter.

Traditional Music Thursdays at Port-Royal

Join us for a diversity of live music inside the timeless space of the Port-Royal Habitation!

An interpreter dressed in period costume.

Guided tour

Transport yourself back in time to 1605 to get a unique glimpse of what life was like in the Habitation.

Visitors trying on wooden shoes.

Self-guided tour

As you explore the Habitation, note the timbers that were hand-hewn by skilled craftsmen during the reconstruction in 1939.

Visiting Port-Royal National Historic Site

Activities and experiences

Things to do, guided tour, events, perfect picnic, Good Cheer Trail, family and school programs, picnic.

Plan your visit

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 Port-Royal National Historic Site

Culture and history

Culture, history, people of significance, designation.

Stewardship and management

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

Contact us


902-532-2898 (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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