2016 Special Events
Friday, July 1
Canada Day at Port-Royal
Celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday at Parks Canada’s first reconstructed site - official grand opening was held 75 years ago! 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 pm - 3:00 pm at Port-Royal and Fort Anne.
Sunday, July 3
75th Anniversary of the Official Grand Opening of Port-Royal NHS
Join in a special ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the official grand opening of Port-Royal, the first major reconstruction undertaken by the federal government of Canada! Learn more about this milestone in the preservation movement in Canada through presentations, musical entertainment, special guests and tours. Stay tuned for more details. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Thursday, July 14, Thursday, July 28, Thursday, August 4 & Thursday, August 18
NEW - Traditional Music on Thursdays at Port-Royal
If you enjoy traditional music, mark four special Thursdays on your calendar this summer! Come and enjoy talented entertainers in a special musical series to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the official grand opening of Port-Royal National Historic Site. Clap your hands, tap your feet and listen to the fine singers and musicians who will be pleased to entertain you! 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Sunday, July 17
Mi’kmaq Culture Day at Port-Royal
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 pm - 4:00 pm.
Sunday, August 7
Construction Traditions at Port-Royal
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. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the official grand opening of Port-Royal – the perfect opportunity to learn more about Parks Canada’s first major reconstruction! Take in demonstrations in hewing timbers, making shingles, turning wood, making handles for tools and blacksmithing. This is the year to visit the Habitation and truly appreciate the architecture of this very unique structure. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Sunday August 21
Sharing Cultural Alliances and Traditions
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 pm - 4:00 pm
September 10, 2016
Port-Royal Fun Family Day
In this special year marking the 75th anniversary of the official grand opening of the Port-Royal National Historic Site, come and visit the site on a special family day sponsored by the Municipality of the County of Annapolis and co-hosted with Parks Canada. Bring family and friends, some lawn chairs and a picnic. Enjoy the musical entertainment, fly your kite, give Parka a hug, take part in children’s activities, learn about the history of the reconstruction and make certain that you visit the Habitation. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Nearby events: see also Fort Anne National Historic Site
Other Parks Canada special events in Mainland Nova Scotia