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The Annapolis Royal area is truly a vacation destination worth a several day visit to experience the history, culture, sights and activities that make it one of the most rich and interesting regions of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Maritimes.

Fill your day exploring the Historic Gardens, Fort Anne, the reconstruction of the 400-year old Port Royal Habitation, or just stroll along St. George Street, enjoying the antique shops, art galleries, and cafes. Watch fisherman unload their fresh catch, and fishing boats being repaired at the local ‘haul-up’. On Saturdays and Wednesdays during summer, check out the vibrant farmer’s market where an amazing display of fresh produce and other local goods are sold and traded and local entertainment is often provided.

For outdoor enthusiasts there are a host of opportunities in the immediate area including two fantastic golf courses, hiking, river rafting, biking, bird watching, canoeing and kayaking. We have room to store your equipment in a secure location if needed.

Annapolis Royal and area Historical Sites, Museums, Theatres, Gardens and Golfing

As one of North America’s earliest settlements by Europeans, Annapolis Royal has many events planned for this year.

Annapolis Royal boasts a historic live theatre venue just a short walk from the Bailey House. Take in a movie or attend a live performance after dinner.

The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens offers some of the finest garden displays. Set on tens of acres on the Annapolis Basin waterfront, over 2000 rose species are grown here. You will also find a Victorian garden, and many other native species gardens to and enjoy.

Fort Anne National Historic Site of Canada is Canada’s oldest – a present day reminder of a time when conflict between Europe’s empire builders was acted out on the shores of the Annapolis River. It offers a sweeping view of the beautiful Annapolis Basin from the centre of Annapolis Royal. Museum exhibits highlight the history of the fort.

This national historic site features a reconstruction of early 17th- century buildings representing the former colony of the French who settled for a time along the Nova Scotia coast. Costumed interpreters and period demonstrations help recreate the look and feel of Port-Royal, one of the earliest settlements in North America.

The O’Dell House Museum (1869), the Sinclair Inn (1710), and the North Hills Museum document the history of life in the Annapolis area from the peoples of the First Nations to the arrival of the first Acadians, the English occupation and the Victorian period, through the present day.

The Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC) invites everyone to join them in historic Annapolis Royal on August 20 and 21 to celebrate our ninth annual Paint the Town©. This year approximately 80 artists and craftspeople are coming to Annapolis Royal and producing art in various mediums. They will create all over beautiful and historic Annapolis Royal. Created works will be available to purchase through a silent auction each evening.

The course is within view of the historic town of Annapolis Royal and the National Historic site of Fort Anne. Several holes offer spectacular views over looking the Annapolis Basin with the North Mountain of the Annapolis Valley predominant on the horizon. The pro shop makes great use of one of the original barn structures on the property maintaining a rural Valley charm. Besides the views the course is characterized by hilly terrain, dotted with huge glacial boulders and ponds. The course is relatively short and quite open, but offers a full challenge to any golfer. The quality of the course has steadily improved over the years, but significantly with new ownership in 2017.

The challenging 18 hole championship layout winds it way through picturesque pine trees and over a winding brook which widens into ponds on holes 2 and 16. The true beauty of Nova Scotia has been captured and retained for our golfing pleasure.

Adventures and Day Trips

There are numerous day trips within an easy drive that offer a wealth of outdoor experiences. We have only listed a small sampling of what is available and would be pleased to help you tailor your adventures to your likes and desires.

With 0ver 20 rides and over 30 Animal Species the Upper Clements Theme Park and Wildlife Park provides plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Live entertainment from some of the most talented guest artists around is featured every day.

Kejimkujik is a 380 square kilometre paradise for campers, hikers, and canoeists. This Parks Canada site has trails, camping areas along natural woodland rivers and lakes.

Several chartered whale watching and sea exploring activities are available on nearby Digby Neck and Brier Island. Enjoy an exciting day at sea with whales, and porpoises, sea birds. Brier island offers plenty of opportunity for cycling and experiencing the abundant nature of the coastal environment.

The oldest family-owned and operated Rafting operation in Nova Scotia celebrating over 20 years experience, invites you to join the Raft masters in an unforgettable, exhilarating, action packed two or four hour tidal bore and up-river rafting experience in versatile Zodiacs.

The craft beer, distilleries and wine industries in the Annapolis and Gaspereau Valleys have exploded in the last several years! The choices are many and varied and include the following, just as a sample:

The Annapolis Brewing Company is located in downtown Annapolis Royal

For craft spirits, distilled locally, visit Still Fired Distilleries

L’Acadie Vineyards
Annapolis Highland Vineyards
Avondale Sky
Benjamin Bridge
Domaine Grand Pre
Gaspereau Vineyards
Lightfoot and Wolfville Wines
Luckett Vineyards

In addition to these individual wineries, consider taking a Magic Winery Bus Tour!

Guided and self-guided cycling and sea kayak adventures. Rentals and day trips are also available.

Come explore our rich cultural heritage and breathtaking scenery by browsing through the Nova Scotia travel and tourism information found throughout this site. Canada’s Ocean Playground has something of interest for all visitors!

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