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Port-Royal National Historic Site

Address: Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada
Phone Number: 902-532-2898
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: 1939 re-creation of Canada's first permanent settlement includes costumed interpreters engaged in...
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums, History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: 1939 re-creation of Canada's first permanent settlement includes costumed interpreters engaged in traditional handicrafts like woodworking.
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  • French first
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English first
Everett, Washington
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161 reviews 161 reviews
70 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

The buildings are a recreation of what was presumed to have existed at that place in 1605 and after. Visitors wander around inside them to see furnishings, etc., and see craftspeople work. When we were there a man was working at a foot powered wood lathe making a cup. The site is about a ten minutes drive from Annapolis Royal.... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Very nicely done. Very authentic grounds and buildings. The staff in costumes of the time period were great.

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Ottawa, ON
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This was a very interesting place for sure. It is "hands-on" so you really get to feel what times were like way back then. Lots of rooms to tour through and each one is interesting.

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Greely
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

Having grown up in this area it was nice to revisit a child hood class trip destination:) It's a great place to learn about our beginnings... The fort is meticulously thought out; the entry fee is minimal and the staff are eager to share their expertise and knowledge on ur self guided tour... A must do

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Fredericton, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

It is a re-creation/re-building of a French fur trading post from 1605. Quite amazing and they had so much engineering smarts. This is way before the age of Black and Decker and DIY. Incredible. $4.00 admission was such a bargain. Very interesting and educational.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

The fort is amazing and gives you insight into the very first Canadian settlement. The staff on site were informative and friendly. What a treasure.

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Vancouver, Canada
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99 reviews 99 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

I'm from a family of history buffs, so I had to come here. It was quite remarkable, hauling up and down steep wooden staircases, trying to imagine ramparts and recreate how life must have been for those who originally built, lived and worked in it. It is hard to fathom how difficult it must have been, coping, surviving here, strangers... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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111 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Port Royal NHS is definitely worth a stop. The reconstruction is super; you can wander through and interact with the different buildings - try sitting at the table and using the tankard or lying on the furs after a tough day; there are great places for pictures and you are left with a strong impression of what life might have... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

This is a reconstruction of the original Port Habitation. The original was built in 1605 by the company of Sieur de Mons and Samuel Champlain as a French fur-trading post. It is run and staffed by Parks Canada. My wife, adult daughter Meaghan and I, went to the site expecting to spend an hour or so and then go on... More 

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Annapolis Royal, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Well kept grounds, knowledgeable staff and a welcoming atmosphere make this site a 'must see' for tourists of all ages. The tours are not rushed and are extremely informative. Worth exploring!

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