Port-Royal National Historic Site features a reconstruction of the Habitation, an enclosed wooden compound. In 1605, Samuel de Champlain helped establish one of the earliest European settlements in North America on land that is the traditional homeland of the Mi’kmaq.
Costumed interpreters will help you understand the challenges faced by the French as they carved out a new settlement. Let your imagination soar as you walk along the shore of the Annapolis Basin, and gaze at the same horizon that the Mi’kmaq experienced for thousands of years and that Champlain saw in 1605. Learn more
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Hours of operation
June 1 to October 11, 2020
The grounds are open year-round.
Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.
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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.
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.
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.
Grand-Pré National Historic Site
Discover powerful Acadian stories within a picturesque landscape. Successes and struggles are illuminated through multimedia presentation and engaging displays, a splendid Victorian garden and a Memorial Church. This is Grand-Pré National Historic Site, monument to Acadian culture and deportation.