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Port-Royal National Historic Site

Did you know that Port-Royal was one of the earliest European settlements on this continent? In the summer of 1605, French explorers built a settlement on a beautiful river basin near the present town of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. The soil was fertile and the natural surroundings plentiful with fish and game.

The Mi’kmaq, who have lived in the region for thousands of years, welcomed the men and shared their vast knowledge of the resources that their territory offered. While only in existence a few years, the settlement, and what it accomplished, proved to be a model for future exploration of the continent.

Let your imagination soar as you discover what life was like in this French colony in 1605. Through presentations, demonstrations and exploration you will gain a greater appreciation for this very special place in Canadian history.


Capacity is limited so all groups must reserve ahead of time to secure their space.

Contact us to reserve your visit.

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