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Canada's Most Historic Inn

The Bailey House Inn is an exquisite journey into the earliest chapters of North American history


Nestled on the waterfront of the idyllic seaside harbour of Annapolis Royal, the Bailey House Inn is an accommodation unlike any other. Our inn is one of the best preserved Georgian houses in North America and recognized as one of Canada’s Historic Places. The roots of the quaint and friendly town of Annapolis Royal date from 1605 – farther back than Quebec, Jamestown or Plymouth. While a building has likely stood on this slice of heaven since around 1657, today’s inn dates from around 1770.  We began offering our legendary hospitality to global travellers around 1832.

The amenities of the inn are luxuriously updated to meet the needs of modern travellers while still delivering an intimate and unforgettable experience as Canada’s Most Historic Inn.

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History and beauty are everywhere in Annapolis Royal. Explore the original capital of Acadia and Nova Scotia. Enjoy numerous national historic sites, whale watching, wineries, golfing, `hiking and cycling. Annapolis Royal has it all, and the Bailey House Inn is at the historic heart.

Within a few minutes walk or drive of the Bailey House Inn there are no fewer than 12 sites of international historic importance. These are either a National Historic Site, National Trust for Canada property or Nova Scotia Museum. Included among these sites are Fort Anne, which is not only Canada’s oldest extant European structure (1629), but also Canada’s first National Historic Site (1917).   The Habitation at Port Royal is the site of the first permanent European settlement in Canada (1605). We also have the four oldest wood houses in Canada. In fact, almost the entire town of Annapolis Royal is a National Historic Site.

The Bailey House Inn is directly on the sea with incredible views of the world’s highest tides. The sunsets over the North Mountain are unforgettable. Our private seafront garden and comfortable seaside seating area with Adirondack chairs are available for our guests for the duration of their stay.


Experience traditional warmth with modern luxury. The inn is curated with museum quality antiques spanning four centuries, yet appointed with the amenities of a luxury boutique hotel. Over 40 paintings and engravings of historic significance are on display throughout the inn.

Each room at the Bailey House Inn honours an important figure in its history. These include: Prince Edward, an early guest and father of Queen Victoria; Princess Louise, the spouse of another early guest, John Campbell, Duke of Argyll; and Dame Marie Saint Étienne De La Tour, former resident of our property and holder of the oldest feudal title in North America.

Views from every window are spectacular, offering direct vistas of the sea or our English garden. We are the only accommodation in Annapolis Royal directly on the water.

Prince Edward Room


Create memories that will endure for a lifetime. Whether you’re envisioning an intimate wedding ceremony surrounded by loved ones, organizing a group retreat for colleagues or friends, or commemorating one of life’s numerous milestones, we extend a warm invitation. It would be our privilege to be your host.

We are not only the most historic events venue in Atlantic Canada, but also one of the most scenic. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that every moment of your event is meticulously planned and executed to perfection.


Explore over 400 years of history

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Bailey House Inn
150 Saint George Street,
Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0


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