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Port-Royal National Historic Site

2017 Special Events  

Saturday, July 1
Canada Day
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at Port-Royal, Parks Canada’s first reconstructed site! Listen to musical entertainment and enjoy a slice of Canada Day cake at the oldest permanent European settlement north of Saint Augustine, Florida. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 9
Mi’kmaw Culture Day
Come and experience the history and traditions of the Mi’kmaq, a culture that has been here for thousands of years. Sing a Mi’kmaw song, accompany the song with a drum, participate in the ancient game of “waltes” and interact with Mi’kmaw craftspeople. Through demonstrations, singing and drumming you’ll gain a further appreciation for the unique culture of the first people of this land. 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

July 13, July 27 and August 10
Back for a 2nd year, enjoy Traditional Music on Thursdays at Port-Royal
If you enjoy traditional music, mark three special Thursdays on your calendar this summer! Come and enjoy talented entertainers in a special musical series to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Clap your hands, tap your feet and listen to the fine singers and musicians who will be pleased to entertain you from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day. Stay tuned for more information including the entertainers.

Sunday, July 30
Construction Traditions
Don’t miss the opportunity to interact with craftspeople who will share their skill and knowledge of some of the traditional techniques that were used to reconstruct the Port-Royal Habitation. 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the official grand opening of Port-Royal. If you couldn’t make it last year, don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about Parks Canada’s first major reconstruction in 2017! Take in demonstrations in hewing timbers, making shingles, turning wood, making handles for tools and blacksmithing. This is the opportunity to truly appreciate the architecture of this very unique structure. 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 20
Sharing Cultural Alliances and Traditions - Metis-Siroquois day
The Mi’kmaq welcomed the French to Port-Royal over 400 years ago - the two cultures met and shared experiences and knowledge, forging a strong friendship and alliance. This alliance would eventually lead to intermarriage between the Mi’kmaq and the French. Descendants of this alliance, the members of the Association des Acadiens-Métis-Souriquois, will share their rich heritage and culture with visitors. 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Nearby special events: see also Fort Anne National Historic Site

Other Parks Canada special events in Mainland Nova Scotia