Step foot onto one of the most hotly contested pieces of land on the entire continent which became Canada’s first administered National Historic Site in 1917 - Fort Anne. The land on which Fort Anne now stands is part of the traditional homeland of the Mi’kmaq. In recent centuries, a succession of Scottish, French, and English settlers clashed over this prize on the banks of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis River, often drawing the Mi’kmaq into their conflict. Fort Anne was the site of thirteen attacks, seven change of hands, and the ratification of the Treaty of Boston.
In 2017, visitors can walk the earthen walls, explore the 1797 Officers’ Quarters Museum and soak up thousands of years of Canadian history. Learn more
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History can be more than just a collection of dates, names and artifacts in display cases. Centuries of strife and struggle come alive at Fort Anne with uniquely interactive activities, self-guided experiences and scenic walks through the grounds.
Located in a restored 1797 officers’ quarters, the Fort Anne museum houses artifacts and exhibits documenting nearly four centuries of history. Learn about battles and sieges while glimpsing the hardscrabble daily lives of fort occupants.
Port-Royal National Historic Site
Converse with costumed interpreters as they share their knowledge and tell the story of a colony of intrepid French inhabitants. Experience the early 17th century lifestyle in the reconstructed Habitation at Port-Royal. You will also learn about the way of life of the first people on this land – the Mi’kmaq.
Melanson Settlement National Historic Site
The archaeological remains of the Melanson Settlement paint a vivid story of the pre-Deportation Acadians living on the banks of the Annapolis River during the 17th and 18th centuries. A short trail with interpretive panels recounts the story.
Grand-Pré National Historic Site
Discover powerful Acadian stories within a picturesque landscape. Successes and struggles are illuminated through multimedia presentation and engaging displays, a splendid Victorian garden and a Memorial Church. This is Grand-Pré National Historic Site, monument to Acadian culture and deportation.
Fort Edward National Historic Site
Fort Edward is home to North America’s oldest blockhouse, a two-storey defensive structure built by the British in 1750 to secure their hold over Nova Scotia. Visitors today can visit the grounds and blockhouse to see a piece of Canada’s military history.
Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site
Explore 4,000 years of Mi’kmaw heritage. Camp lakeside amidst Acadian forest. Spot harbour seals from a singing beach. Be enthralled by a Dark Sky Preserve. There are many sides to Kejimkujik and you can discover them all.