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Port-Royal National Historic Site of Canada

Tours, Exhibits and Demonstrations

Take a peek at some of the things you’ll see when you visit Port-Royal Habitation:

Learn about the construction of the Habitation Learn about the construction of the Habitation
© Parks Canada

Construction techniques and tools

By exploring the Habitation and talking to the interpreters you’ll learn much about the construction techniques of the early 17th century. Park interpreters will show you examples of "en colombage, rat-tailing," and "mortise and tenon" and other fascinating techniques.





Plants as medicine Plants as medicine
© Parks Canada/A. Rierden

Plants as medicine

Find out how the Mi'kmaq shared their use of plants for medicinal purposes with the French and, in so doing, helped them survive.

Wood turning Wood turning
© Parks Canada/A. Rierden

Period demonstrations

Part of the interpretive program at Port-Royal includes demonstrations of activities that would have been part of everyday life in the early 17th century. Discover how wood was turned on a "spring pole lathe," and watch interpreters make split shingles on the "shingle bench."

The trading room The trading room
© Parks Canada/A. Rierden

Inside the fur trade

Explore the storeroom and the trading room. Examine the various types of furs that the French acquired from the Mi'kmaq and see the European goods that were traded in return.

Hébert’s apothecary Hébert’s apothecary
© Parks Canada/C. Reardon

Hébert’s apothecary

Visit the herb garden and Louis Hébert's apothecary room to find out about the uses of the various herbs grown at Port-Royal.

Wooden shoes Wooden shoes, or "sabots"
© Parks Canada

What they wore

By talking to the interpreters about their historic costumes and by looking at the various pieces of clothing inside the Habitation, you’ll learn a lot about the clothing of the early 17th century.

Viewpoints

The gun platform, the palisade and the riverbank each afford an excellent view of the Annapolis River, the Annapolis Basin, and Goat Island. One can truly understand why Champlain named the area "Port-Royal."