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“excellent reconstruction”

Port-Royal National Historic Site
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Owner description: 1939 re-creation of Canada's first permanent settlement includes costumed interpreters engaged in traditional handicrafts like woodworking.
Calgary, Canada
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153 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“excellent reconstruction”
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 been like. The staff was particularly warm and friendly.

Visited July 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Port-Royal National Historic Site”
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 to other tourist sites in the area. However, we ran into an exceptional staff member who took us on a tour, which with our questions and interest, ended up lasting 3 to 4 hours. She answered all our many questions that arose and provided us with the opportunity to operate a foot powered lathe in the workshop and to make cedar shakes in the courtyard.
We were too late for some of the other places we had planned to visit, but this experience was so positive that we did not mind.

It was a trememdous experience that gave us the opportunity to have just a 'small' idea of the hard work required to accomplish tasks that are relatively easy today.

We believe that the staff made all the difference, and we talked to other staff members besides our guide, and they all expressed the same enthusiasm and willingness to help.

Visited June 2012
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Annapolis Royal, Canada
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“History at it's best”
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!

Visited September 2012
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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
“Bringing the past to life”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Don’t miss this one. This reconstruction of the original trading post and first settlement by French explorers in Canada is just so well done.

This is one of Parks Canada’s historic sites and certainly one of the best. Its construction faithfully follows the plans left by Samuel de Champlain who arrived in Nova Scotia with Sieur de Mons in 1604 and made their settlement here in 1605. The rooms of the habitation are furnished to show how those early explorers and traders in beaver fur lived. The rooms include a small chapel and the main dining area where the "Order of Good Cheer" was celebrated.

The guides on site, in costume, are excellent and tell the stories that bring the past to life. Also on site is a tent where a First Nations guide from the local Mi’kmaq peoples provides visitors with an insight into the life of the traditional owners of the land and their culture as it was and has been retained since European settlement.

The short drive of about 10 kms from Annapolis Royal is through pretty country with lovely views across the Bay of Fundy. On the way you will pass the Tidal Power Station which generates power for the grid with each turn of the tide.

Visited September 2012
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Montreal, Canada
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great historical snapshot of life in the 1600's”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

A worthwhile visit to see what life was life in the 1600's. This place gives you a wonderful sense of Nova Scotia/Canadian history at the same time Quebec City was being established.

Visited October 2012
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