Discover the charm of the small sea-side town of Annapolis Royal in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada. Withing walking distance of Hillsdale House Inn, you'll find charming shops, excellent cuisine, and breathtaking views. Explore the the mountains or the sea and experience the rich history of this part of Canada.
Port Royal National Historic Site is a reconstruction of the original Port Royal Habitation (1605), one of the earliest settlements in North America.
Originally a French fur-trading post, built by the company of Sieur de Mons and Samuel Champlain, you can experience history recreated for you. Costumed actors help to bring the settlement of Port Royal to life.
You can walk the grounds and enjoy the period demonstrations while taking in the spectacular views of Annapolis Basin.
The Annapolis Heritage Society is a non-profit society dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of the Nova Scotia and Annapolis areas by helping to maintain local museums.
North Hills Museum - Part of the Nova Scotia Museums family, this charming vintage farmhouse (c. 1764) with a Georgian decor, features a fine collection of 18th century paintings, furniture, ceramics and glassware.
O’Dell House Museum - Located on the Annapolis Royal waterfront in a circa 1869 stagecoach inn and tavern, the O’Dell House Museum is the former home of Nova Scotia Pony Express rider Corey O’Dell and his family. The ground floor of this period Victorian structure allows you to step back in time and explore the inn’s parlour, dining room, kitchen and small office. The second floor houses several rooms of interpretive displays which document the sea-faring and ship-building past of the Annapolis Royal area and the everyday lives of its citizens.
For a truly memorable and unique experience be certain to take the award-winning Candlelight Graveyard Tour offered by internationally acclaimed Heritage Interpreter, Alan Melanson, on behalf of The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and don't forget to bring your sense of adventure!
On the National Historic District Tour, you can stroll through the centuries with a costumed interpreter as 400 years of history come to life along Canada's Oldest thoroughfare. Receive a free National Historic District Certificate and see first hand why Annapolis Royal was selected as the "World's Most Liveable Small Community". The tour starts at the Lighthouse.
The world class Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens are based on the rich history of the area. Highlights include a Victorian Garden and Governor's Garden, Innovative Garden, Knot Garden and a 2000 bush Rose Collection including a Rose Maze.
A special feature is a replica of a 1671 Acadian House, complete with thatched roof, and an Acadian garden. A must see while visiting Annapolis Royal.
Annapolis Royal Tidal Power Station is North America's only tidal power generating station which harnesses the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy, through the Annapolis River. The Station employs the largest straight-flow turbine in the world to generate more than 30 million kilowatt-hours per year, enough electricity to power 4500 homes. Tours are available to the public from May to September. The tidal power station is also home to the Annapolis Royal Visitor Information Center.
Upper Clements Family Amusement and Adventure Park features live animators, musical entertainment, local food vendors, a waterslide, rollercoaster and much more! Located just across the street, the new Adventure Park offer an experience like no other. With 14 zip lines and more than 43 challenge courses and elevated bridges, go from tree to tree through a beautiful, natural forest setting. It's a great way to spend the day.
If you love finding the perfect fresh local fruit or vegetables, the Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market should be on your list. Held Saturday mornings from May to September, you'll also enjoy watching local entertainers and shopping for collectibles created by talented local artisans and crafters.
The Annapolis Royal Area has an abundance of amazing artists, artisans and crafters, and many who have studios and shops located right in town.
If you enjoy live performances, don't miss the entertainment at King's Theatre. They have something for everyone, including stage performances, live comedy, concerts, and even independent films.
The theatre boasts state-of-the-art acoustics in its intimate 220-seat ampitheater. Tickets are available online and art is available for purchase in the gallery.
The Garrison House Inn Restaurant is well known for excellent food, friendly staff, prompt service and its reasonable prices. Their fine cuisine features local organic foods and locally harvested seafood. They proudly support our regional agricultural and fishing industries. They also feature an extensive wine list that highlights both Nova Scotia wines, as well as offerings from around the world.
Restaurant Compose is a local treasure that you won't want to miss during your trip to Annapolis Royal. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting with beautiful artwork on the walls, antique decor, and a stunning view of the water. The Austrian food includes seafood, pasta, and delicious desserts.
For lunch, stop by Leo's Cafe for specialty sandwiches made fresh on homemade artisan breads and hearty soup. Don't skip dessert because they are truly exceptional.
For European Cuisine and Seafood, Sweet Secret Restaurant is sure to satisfy any appetite. Whether you're looking for a great place to have a romantic dinner for two or a gathering of friends, the atmosphere is cozy and cheerful. This restaurant is only open during the summer, so if you're lucky enough to be here while it's open, don't miss out on the famous Wiener Schnitzel.
Domaine de Grand Pré is Nova Scotia’s first operating winery. They are famous for using only grapes grown locally in Nova Scotia and their award-winning wine is a favorite of wine lovers.
Located in Bear River East, Annapolis Highland Vineyards is just minutes from the historic town of Annapolis Royal and is situated on a beautiful vineyard. Stop by the gift store and purchase fine Annapolis Highland Vineyards Nova Scotia wines, specialty teas and coffees, as well as wine jellies and honey.