Things to Do
Annapolis Royal and Area Attractions

Fort Anne National Historic Site
Fort Anne, Annapolis
Canada's oldest National Historic Site, the fort and grounds reflects the French and English periods of domination in Annapolis Royal. A well preserved earthwork fortification including an 18th century French gunpowder magazine and 1797 British officers' quarters. The museum boasts an impressive Heritage Tapestry (8 ft by 18 ft) which depicts 400 years of history.

Port Royal National Historic Site

A reconstruction of the original Port Royal Habitation (1605), a French fur-trading post, built by the company of Sieur de Mons and Samuel Champlain. Costumed interpreters bring Port Royal to life, walk the grounds and enjoy the view of the Annapolis Basin.

Annapolis Heritage Society 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.

Upper Clements Family Amusement and Wildlife Park

Atlantic Canada's largest amusement park, featuring live animators, musical entertainment, local food vendors, a waterslide, and much more! Located just across the street with a shuttle service from the park, is one of Nova Scotia's finest wildlife parks with a wonderful population of birds and animals native to the Province, along a forest trail in a natural setting. It's a great way to spend the day.

Lake with trees and grass
 Annapolis Royal Golf & Country Club

Established in 1925, the course can be considered an historic institution in its own right. A challenging 18 hole course with spectacular views of the Annapolis Basin and North Mountain. Relax on the outdoor veranda or by the outdoor pool after a day on the course. Lunch, dinner and beverage services are available.

Delap's Cove Wilderness Trail

A hiker's paradise featuring trails and interpretation with a wonderful view of the Bay of Fundy. We believe it is one of the most beautiful ways to experience the Bay of Fundy

Annapolis Royal Historic GardensAnnapolis Royal Historic Gardens

These world class 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

North America's only tidal power generating station 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.

two people in row boatKejimkuijk National Park

We are located 45 minutes from Kejimkuijk National park along route 8. A 380 square kilometre nature preserve where guests may enjoy bird watching, canoeing, swimming and hiking along the wooded lakes and rivers. Rentals of bicycles, canoes and kayaks is available seasonally.

Bay of Fundy - World's Highest Tides

bay of fundy rock foundationsAnnapolis Royal is located on the shores of the Bay of Fundy where visitors can witness highest tides in the world. The Bay is 270km (170 mile long) and is located between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on Canada's east coast at the north end of the Gulf of Maine.

Each day 100 billion tonnes of seawater flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy during one tide cycle more than the combined flow of all the world's freshwater rivers!

The bay was once named Baie Francaise (French Bay) by explorer/cartographer Samuel de Champlain during a 1604 expedition led by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Monts which resulted in a failed settlement attempt on St. Croix Island.

Portions of the Bay of Fundy, including the Minas Basin, form one of six Canadian sites in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, owned by the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Wildlife Service, and is managed in conjunction with Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Bay of Fundy is also one of the best places in the world for whale watching which can be found on nearby Digby Neck home to Westport, Nova Scotia, (Brier Island) to Freeport, Nova Scotia, (Long Island), Tiverton, Nova Scotia, Whale watching trips departing from the Neck (the best location in the province to see Humpbacks and Right Whales) is only a one hour drive from the Inn. See Ocean Explorations "Zodiac" Whale Adventures and Mariner Cruises.

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