Stand on the grassy rise where Scottish colonists arrived nearly four centuries ago in 1629. Imagine the hardscrabble lives of early settlers and the struggles that ensued as Europe’s powers rivalled for supremacy in North America.

All that reminds us of Charles Fort today is a plaque on the grounds of Fort Anne National Historic Site; but, gazing out over the Annapolis River, visitors gain a window into Canadian history.

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Hours of operation

Charles Fort National Historic Site of Canada is located within the limits of Fort Anne National Historic Site.

Hours of Operation at Fort Anne National Historic Site

The grounds are open year-round.


Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.

Detailed fees list

Contact us

June 1 to September 30: 902-532-2397
October 1 to May 31: 902-532-2321

Sites nearby

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Port-Royal National Historic Site

    Converse with costumed interpreters as they share their knowledge and tell the story of a colony of intrepid French inhabitants. Experience the early 17th century lifestyle in the reconstructed Habitation at Port-Royal. You will also learn about the way of life of the first people on this land – the Mi’kmaq.

  • 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.