Port-Royal National Historic Site features a reconstruction of the Habitation, an enclosed wooden compound.In 1605, Samuel de Champlain helped establish one of the earliest European attempts at settlement in North America on land that is the traditional homeland of the Mi’kmaq. Costumed interpreters will help you understand the challenges faced by the French as they carved out a new settlement. Let your imagination soar as you walk along the shore of the Annapolis Basin, and gaze at the same horizon that the Mi’kmaq experienced for thousands of years and that Champlain saw in 1605. Learn more

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Discover Mi'kmaq culture

The colonists formed enduring friendships with Mi’kmaq who had lived along the shores of Acadie for generations: an alliance that guaranteed the survival of the colonists until their departure in 1607...

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Living history

Interpreters are on site at all times to answer any questions you may have and point out fascinating facts about the explorers who lived here and the customs and traditions of the Mi’kmaw people.

Getting here

53 Historic Lane
Port Royal NS B0S 1K0

Hours of operation

May 19 to October 7
Complete schedule


Free admission for youth in 2018. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 902-532-2898
Telephone: 902-532-2321 (off-season)
Email: information@pc.gc.ca

Sites nearby

  • 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.

  • 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.