An archaeological survey undertaken in 1984 on quiet farmland on the banks of the Annapolis River in 1985 unlocked the key to the history of the Acadian settlers who lived here throughout the 17th and 18th centuries.

The Melanson Settlement revealed a system of dykeland farming unique among Acadians living in North America which involved families and neighbours cooperatively working the land.

Stroll the path and take in the view over the marshlands and fields. Learn more

Getting here

3870 Granville Rd
Port Royal NS B0S 1K0

Hours of operation

May 15 to October 10
Every day, from 8 am to 4 pm

The interpretive trail remains accessible in the evening but the toilets are closed at the indicated time.

Fees

Free admission.

Contact us

Telephone: 902-532-2321
Email: information@pc.gc.ca

Sites nearby

  • 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.

  • Fort Anne National Historic Site

    Dating to the early 1600s, Fort Anne on Nova Scotia’s Annapolis River is Canada’s first administered National Historic Site. A new innovative interpretive exhibit complements the historic grounds, whose earthen walls and restored buildings speak to centuries of struggle.

  • 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.

  • 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.