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About Port-Royal National Historic Site

In the summer of 1605, French explorers built a settlement on a beautiful river basin near the present town of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. There the soil was fertile and the natural surroundings plentiful with fish and game. Most importantly, the Mi’kmaw people whose ancestors had lived in the region for thousands of years welcomed the men and showed them how to survive in this new climate. Christened Port-Royal, it became the first European settlement north of Florida. While only in existence a few years, the settlement, and what it accomplished, proved to be a model for future exploration of the continent.  

Port-Royal National Historic Site invites you to explore and get to know this remarkable treasure. Costumed interpreters will help you understand the challenges faced by the French as they carved out a new settlement. Let your imagination soar as you walk the shore of the Annapolis Basin, and gaze at the same horizon Champlain would have seen.


Port-Royal National Historic Site

P.O. Box 9

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
B0S 1A0

Phone:  902-532-2321

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