Plan your visit
Charles Fort National Historic Site is situated in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, 203 kilometres (or a roughly two-hour drive) from the provincial capital of Halifax.
The site is located on the grounds of Fort Anne National Historic Site. A commemorative plaque indicates where Fort Charles once stood, but there are no visible remains. Most visitors explore Charles Fort as part of a visit to the Officers’ Quarters Museum at Fort Anne.
The museum is open from May to October and the grounds are accessible year round, however there is no winter maintenance on the pathways.
P.O. Box 9
Annapolis Royal NS B0S 1A0
The site is in the town of Annapolis Royal. Take Highway 101 to Exit 22 and continue north on Route 8. Proceed through the traffic lights on Saint George Street in Annapolis Royal, then take the second left into Fort Anne. Driving time from Halifax is approximately 2 hours; from Yarmouth, approximately 1.5 hours.
Via Rail has regular train service to the nearest train station at Halifax. From Halifax, take Highway 102, to Exit 4B (Windsor/Annapolis Valley) and on to Highway 101. Take Highway 101 to Exit 22 and follow the directions above.
Bay Ferries offers ferry services to southwestern Nova Scotia. The Princess of Acadia sails between Saint John, New Brunswick and Digby, Nova Scotia. Driving time from Digby to Annapolis Royal is approximately 30 minutes. Take Highway 101 to Exit 22 and follow the directions above.
The closest major airport is Halifax International Airport. It has regular flights to and from North America and Europe. From the airport take Highway 102, to Exit 4B (Windsor/Annapolis Valley) and on to Highway 101. Take Highway 101 to Exit 22 and follow the directions above.
Hours of operation
Charles Fort National Historic Site of Canada is located within the limits of Fort Anne National Historic Site.
The grounds are open year-round.
Free admission for youth 17 and under.
Fort-Anne National Historic Site fees apply.