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Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Annapolis Royal is Canada's birthplace. Two years before the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia, three years before the founding of Quebec, and fifteen years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts, a small party of French explorers established Port Royal. The year was 1605. Samuel de Champlain and Sieur de Monts built the Habitation to house their company and so began the 385 year history of Annapolis Royal. This creative group formed America's first social club, "The Order of Good Cheer". For its entertainment, Marc Lescarbot, a young Parisian lawyer, wrote and produced the first drama in North America, "The Theatre of Neptune". About his experiences in Port Royal, he wrote one of the first travel books. In 1607, the settlers built the first water powered grist mills in North America.

Unfortunately, this peaceful beginnings was followed by the 150 year struggle between the French and English for control of the continent. In the 1630's the French constructed the original earthworks at what is now Fort Anne. In 1710 Port Royal was captured by the British and renamed Annapolis Royal to honour Queen Anne. The Officers Quarters were reconstructed in 1935 on the site of a structure originally built by the French. In 1917 the fort became Canada's first National Historic Park.

As the seat of government in Nova Scotia for part of both the French and British regimes, Annapolis Royal holds an important place in Canada's early history. Its enviable location at the sheltered meeting of valley and bay made it a center of commerce and shipping for many years.

Today it has become the quietly dignified home of approximately 600 people who know the value of a great and lasting community - and the home of one more first - North America's first tidal power generating station.

  • Fort Anne, O’Dell House Museum, Sinclair Inn, Port Royal, North Hills Museum, Melanson Settlement and Computer Museum.
  • World class historic gardens including a 2000 bush rose collection
  • Canoeing or kayaking over 22 scenic waterways and miles of coastline
  • Over 14 artists’ studios
  • Atlantic Canada's largest amusement park and one of Nova Scotia’s finest wildlife parks in Upper Clements
  • Whale and bird watching
  • Hiking and backpacking.
  • Live performance or movie at King’s Theatre
  • Candlelight Graveyard, Acadian Heritage, National Historic District and Candlelight Acadian tours with costumed interpreters.
  • North America's only tidal power plant

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