2016 Special Events
Friday, July 1
Canada Day at Fort Anne
Celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday with Parks Canada - one year closer to Canada’s150th! Engage all your senses - sing “O Canada” as you proudly watch the flag raised at Town Hall, join Parks Canada’s mascot, Parka, in the procession, enjoy a piece of cake, set out your blanket for a picnic and enjoy the musical entertainment or play a round of croquet - fun for the whole family! Don’t forget to take your photo at the special Canada Day Fort Anne photo booth. 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Fort Anne and Port-Royal.
July 13 & 14
First World War comes to life!
Join us at a fully-animated exhibit that explores the lesser known wartime contributions of the Canadian men and women who served beyond the trenches, both at home and overseas.
Join a victory rally and ‘knit your bit’ for the boys on the front, explore the inside of a 1918 Ford Ambulance and train for your First Aid Nursing certificate, keep the lines of communication open and send a message by carrier pigeon, sow the seeds of victory in your very own backyard war garden, inspect the handiwork of a munitionette and see if you are fit for factory war work. 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday, July 16
Parks Day at Fort Anne
Celebrate Parks Day with an insider’s special tour of the Officers’ Quarters and the Fort Anne grounds. The English museum tour will be offered at 10:30 am followed by the French tour at 11:30 am. English tours of the grounds of the fort will be offered at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm with the French tours scheduled for 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Tours are complimentary with regular admission. Don’t miss this special opportunity not normally offered!
July 29 (evening) to July 31 (noon)
Encampment Days at Fort Anne
Come meet the soldiers and families of the 84th Regiment of Foot 2nd Battalion (Royal Highland Emigrants), and explore their camp on the parade square. Enjoy the sights, the smells, and the sounds of black powder musketry through demonstrations Saturday morning. Enjoy the aroma of outdoor cooking and life in an 18th century military camp. The 84th Regiment creates a vivid picture of the conditions of centuries-old military life. Saturday afternoon (weather permitting) a tactical battle features 18th century military techniques. Saturday night at 8:00 pm they will perform a traditional sunset ceremony, and Sunday morning join in the church service starting at 9:30 a.m.
August 20 & 21
Paint the Town in Annapolis Royal
Fort Anne National Historic Site welcomes artists taking part in Annapolis Royal’s Paint the Town event to produce artwork “en plein air” around the fort grounds. Come see artists at work and view the Fort Anne grounds through their eyes. Paintings will be sold later in the day by silent auction.
August 20 & 21
Heritage Victorian Cricket matches at Fort Anne
Fort Anne is thrilled to host the 4th annual Heritage Cricket Tournament. Two of nearly 20 cricket matches will be held at the fort. The crack of willow on leather will once again be heard in the Ancient Home of Cricket in Nova Scotia. The matches, complete with a traditional players' tea break between innings, will be contested wearing uniforms of the 1890's.
Nearby events: see also Port-Royal National Historic Site
Other Parks Canada special events in Mainland Nova Scotia