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The Bailey House, built in 1770, is Canada’s most historic luxury inn. A century before Canada’s monumental railway hotels came into being, we were welcoming royalty, heads of government and many other distinguished guests. In the early 1800s, Canada’s first steamship on the Atlantic coast, the Maid of the Mist, would arrive and depart at the docks facing the Bailey House, connecting travellers with Saint John. By 1855, there was a regular stagecoach connecting Annapolis Royal with a two day journey to Halifax.

At the Bailey House, good company, a hot home-cooked meal, and a soft bed were a welcome respite for many a weary traveller. Fortunately for today’s visitors, the hustle and bustle of the docks are gone, leaving us with quiet, historic streets and stunning views of sunsets across the Annapolis Basin.


The only B & B on the waterfront, the Bailey House is also the oldest inn in the area. The friendly owner has managed to keep the vintage charm (anyone over six feet might hit their head on the doorways!) while adding all the necessary modern comforts and conveniences. A little driftwood archway and sitting area are right on the water and there’s a flowery back garden to putter around in. The dining room takes you back to the 18th century and has been the site of an historic culinary re-creation: the original owner’s moose nose soup.

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Royal hospitality, rural tranquility… Suzan tries to bestow upon her guests the same pleasures she has experienced as a resident of Annapolis Royal. After a long plane ride and two hour drive from Halifax, a seat in the waterfront garden and a glass of wine is often all it takes… an hour later the guests are totally transformed. It is a wonderful thing to see.

Annapolis Country Spectator