Annapolis Royal has the distinction of being the most historic town in the province and is the birthplace of Canada. Port Royal was the site of the first settlement in the New World by the settlers who came from France with Pierre du Monts and this was just across the river from the present day site of Annapolis Royal. You can visit the reproduction of this settlement at the Port Royal National Historic Site overlooking the scenic countryside of the Minas Basin.
The population of the town is about 700, but don’t let this fool you because there are numerous attractions to keep you occupied. Fort Anne overlooks the town and remains much the same as it was in the mid-1700’s. Here you will see the staff dressed in period costume carrying out the daily activities that were common during this time in Nova Scotia’s history.
Learn about the Bay of Fundy, which has the highest tides in the world, when you visit the Annapolis Royal Tidal Power Project – the only tidal generating plant in North America where the power of the tides is used to generate electricity. Local history is on tap with a graveyard tour of the old burial ground. On the tour, visitors carry a candle lantern as they follow the guide through the old graveyard of Fort Anne where the earliest settlers are buried.
Every member of the family will have an enjoyable day at Upper Clements Park, which is an old-fashioned theme park with low key entertainment. Take a ride on the wooden roller coaster, browse the quaint shops, such as a store featuring only handmade quilts, and enjoy the flume ride, which was built for Expo 86 in Vancouver.
Stroll through the Historic Gardens which include exotic plants and flowers, as well as more than 2000 rose bushes. The North Hills Museum is located in an unassuming house filled with Georgian style furniture, ceramics and glassware. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in walking the trails of the Delaps Cove Wilderness from which they have access to the coastline of the Bay of Fundy.
Campgrounds and accommodations abound. Stay in one of many cottages overlooking Annapolis Royal or choose an historic inn or bed and breakfast in the town. Dine on exquisite traditional Nova Scotia fare, taste something exotic or stick to the tried and true. You will find it all in Annapolis Royal.