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“Acadian? You'll want to see this.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Port-Royal National Historic Site

Port-Royal National Historic Site
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada
902-532-2898
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: 1939 re-creation of Canada's first permanent settlement includes costumed interpreters engaged in traditional handicrafts like woodworking.
New York
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“Acadian? You'll want to see this.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

It's a recreation of the first Acadian settlement in the New World. In fact, founded in 1605, it was the first European settlement north of Florida, beating Jamestown, Virginia by two years. Why a recreation and not the real thing? Well, unfortunately, the settlement was burnt to the ground in 1613 by the Admiral of Virginia and a British invasion force who arrived while the Acadians, starting a back-and-forth tussle for supremacy over this beautiful region of bounteous resources that spanned more than 150 years. Still, the recreation is meticulous, accessible, and informative. And the setting is gorgeous so, even if you're interested only in a beautiful spot for a riverside picnic, you're in for a treat. But, it offers so much more than that, with period activities and interesting historic tidbits galore. The price is less than $4 per person (even less for seniors and youth), so it is affordable, too. If you are interested in the Acadian experience or in Canadian history, you'll definitely want to visit the Habitation

Visited August 2012
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English first
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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“Use your imagination”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

The strength of the site is the physical reconstruction of the fort. There are interpretative personnel to help you visualize what it was like. This is a small, early 17th century fort, not the mammoth forts of the mid-18th century North America, so the desolation and potential loneliness are obvious, as are the fruitful routines of the fort's personnel to ward them off. Very French in its careful arrangement.

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Savannah, Georgia
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“Fascinating Acadian experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Beautiful site and display of early Acadian buildings. Be sure to talk with a guide/volunteer to get the best history of the area.

Visited September 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“Nice visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Interesting and informative. You can help them make roof shingles in the centre of the fort. Beautiful views as well.

Visited September 2011
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Nova Scotia, Canada
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“Well worth the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

This site is located in a beautiful area of the Annapolis Valley. It truly shows the history of this early settlement in Canada

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