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Port-Royal National Historic Site

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Address: 53 Historic Ln, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia B0S 1K0, Canada
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1939 re-creation of Canada's first permanent settlement includes costumed...

1939 re-creation of Canada's first permanent settlement includes costumed interpreters engaged in traditional handicrafts like woodworking.

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Nice walk around the grounds

Our teenage children didn't want to go inside the historical buildings so we just spent a nice hour wandering around the grounds which is free. There are information signs around... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 January 2017
Margaret H
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Our teenage children didn't want to go inside the historical buildings so we just spent a nice hour wandering around the grounds which is free. There are information signs around the grounds and you can get a feel for the place from the site, the moat and other buildings which are open to view.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Excellent Historic site with a picturesque setting and very knowledgeble and helpful staff on the site. It is nice that you can enter all the rooms and and get up close to things.

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Pennington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Excellent history of the French in North America with Champlain and his merry men stationed here in Nova Scotia. The tides here are fantastic to watch as well.

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Located outside of Annapolis Royal is a combination wooden fort and trading post. After parking your car and a short walk to the entrance you are greeted by actors dressed in period costumes who will tell you the history of this location and answer any questions you may have. It is enlightening to see where the first people to come... More 

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Rhinebeck, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The fort at Annapolis Royal is an interesting example of 1700s military defense, and the museum on the site explains how it worked and developed over time quite well. We spent an afternoon there and later a tour of the nearby cemetery after dark. That tour was interesting but a bit hokey -- it's held after dark to give you... More 

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Kingston, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

As a national historic site, the entrance fee to this attraction was included in our Parks Canada Discovery Pass. This reconstruction (done in 1939) of a 17th century French compound is really incredible! The workmanship is just amazing! After a very interesting talk given by a guide in period dress, we enjoyed our self-guided tour with the brochure provided. This... More 

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Callgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

It was all very good, the rebuilt structures portraying army life in the 1600s. The commandant had a large upstairs room with a canopy bed, a praying stand and a dais for a bible. The regular soldiers slept in bunk beds along two sides of the building. The people traded this and that with the M'ikmaq Indians for the furs.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Down a small road to the west of Annapolis Royal we were not sure what the site would like or whether it would be interesting. We pulled into the parking lot still unclear but after a short walk came upon the reconstructed habitation that was very impressive. While it is small it is built as a fortress (all wooden) given... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

OK, it's not the biggest historic site in the world, but the way you're thrown back in time, wandering through the different rooms, with all the displays as if the occupants just left, is remarkable. The introduction at the entrance gave us a fairly good idea of what this place's place in history really is. Even if you're not interested... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Reconstruction of what the old fort was thought to have looked like. Beautiful grounds and setting, but not enough there to warrant a special trip. Should be of interest to children.

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