Activities and experiences

Port-Royal National Historic Site

Step into the unique environment of a reconstructed early 17th century French colony to learn about the beginnings of European colonization and settlement, and the French settlers’ important and friendly relationship with the Mi’kmaq. Interact with costumed interpreters who answer questions about the daily lives and skills of the Habitation’s residents.

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.

The Good Cheer Trail

Pick up a Taste of Nova Scotia Good Cheer Trail passport and have it stamped at Port-Royal!

Two visitors eating a picnic.

Parks Canada Perfect Picnic

Find your perfect picnic place and enjoy!

Visitors enjoying the view of the river from the red chairs.

Red chairs

Take in the spectacular view of the Annapolis River and Basin!

Two children trying on costumes with the xplorer booklet.

Parks Canada Xplorers

Children complete activities in the booklet and become an official Xplorer with a certificate and a special limited edition souvenir!

Fascinating reminders of Canada’s past in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia


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Text: Port-Royal National Historic Site [Moving image of the wooden log walls at Port-Royal.]

Narrator: Port-Royal National Historic Site.

Port-Royal Interpreter: Welcome to the Port-Royal habitation. Bienvenue à l'habitation de Port-Royal.

[A Parks Canada Interpreter greeting a family at the main entrance of Port-Royal.]

Narrator: One of the earliest European settlements in North America.

[The two children running to the well centered in the middle of the fort.]

Narrator: Let your imagination soar as costumed animators bring the French colony to life.

[The two children looking into the well.]

Text: Fort Anne National Historic Site

[Parks Canada interpreter greeting a family at the Fort Anne information desk.]

Text: Fort Anne National Historic Site

[The family standing in front of a red door holding Xplorer booklets. Parents point out something to see.]

Narrator: Fort Anne National Historic Site. Canada's first and oldest National Historic Site.

[The family walk through a narrow brick and rock wall tunnel.]

Narrator: Immerse yourself in early European colonization, where the past isn't really the past.

[The children trying on old-styled clothing.]

[One child running her hand along stacks of wooden barrels.]

Narrator: Imagine the music and laughter of Champlain's Order of Good Cheer.

[The family pretending to eat dinner at a display dinner set.]

Narrator: A masterpiece of authenticity.

[The children trying on old-styled hats.]

[The family learning about Mi'kmaq culture and drumming from a Mi'kmaw woman in a Wigwam.]

Narrator: Enduring alliance with the Mi'kmaq.

[The family walking under a brick archway and then the father points at something in the distance.]

Narrator: This is real stone and brick. A living, breathing monument.

[The two children interacting with a gun attached to a window looking out from the fort.]

Narrator: Meticulous reconstruction brings story to life.

[The two children sitting on a cannon and one points towards the ocean.]

Narrator: Sweeping views unchanged after 400 years.

[The two children rolling down a grassy hill.]

Narrator: Let you inner kid play "fort!"

[The father takes a photo of the two children posing with Parks Canada mascot Parka.]

Narrator: So many incredible experiences.

[A Parks Canada Interpreter greets the family, giving the children Xplorers certificates and dog tags before waving them all goodbye.]

Narrator: Discover the past in the present.

Port-Royal Interpreter: You are now Port-Royal Xplorers. Vous êtes maintenant Xplorateurs de Port-Royal!

Young girl: Thank you.

Port-Royal Interpreter: You are very welcome.

Narrator: Fascinating reminders of Canada's past in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.

[A close up of three emblems hanging above the fort entrance.]


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