Annapolis Royal Travel Guide

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Annapolis Royal Highlights

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     An historic town in a beautiful area 

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     None that I know 

  • In a nutshell
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     More than just another farming /fishing town 

Annapolis Royal Things to Do

  • Fort Anne National Historic Site

    It was surprising to find how the land around Annapolis Royal was so coveted by both the French and English. According to one source the land near Annapolis Royal has been more contested than any other site in Canada between the French and English.The fort was first built by the Scots in 1629. During the 1630's the fort was captured by the French...

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  • North Side of Annapolis Royal

    As you come into town and sitting to the west is the northern part of Annapolis Royal. We were able to access the area by walking across the bridge that has the Tidal Generating Plant on it. There are some nice older homes with great views of old Annapolis Royal and views of the harbor. A great walk for the hardy that are looking to get away from...

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  • Take a walk through town

    Itys entertaining to take a walk through this unique liitle town . There is a mixtute of the new to the very historic. We enjoye both . There is a board walk where you can watch the very large tide , and there are lots of little shops and restaurants as well!

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  • Fort Anne National Historic Site

    Canada's oldest National Historic Site, this is ususally the first stop for many when they visit the area. The earthwork fortification is quite intact, there is also 1797 British officers' quarters.It is easy to see why this was such an important location for the French and English . There is a clear view of the surrounding waters from the...

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  • Ponds and gardens

    There are several gorgeous ponds in the Historic Gardens . They are quite natural and are surrounded by many varieties of plants . I love how everything is labelled ., I have lots of notes so I can track down and hopefully buy some!!An impressive collection of daylilies was blooming when we visited!

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  • The Marsh area

    The Marsh area is very interesing . There's an impressive boardwalk that allows you to get up close to this important marshland area without destroying it .Some wonderful views from here . The tall reeds in the picture have been growing since the early French settlers time and were used in there houses.

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  • Historic Gardens

    I have to admit my main reason to go to Annapolis is always to stroll among this gorgeous garden. Even my husband ( who's not a big enthusiast of garden strolling , loved it) It takes a miniumum of an hour. Although they are well known for their roses there are many different themed areas to visit!!Admission is $9.00

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  • North Hills museum

    An antique dealer from Ontario moved to this small house overlooking the Annapolis River in the 1960's. He furnished his house with antique furniture, paintings and dishes, etc. The staff at the museum guide visitors through the various rooms.The tour would mean more if we were knowledgable about antiques. To me a Chippendales is a male dancer. In...

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  • Annapolis Tidal Generating station

    The Bay of Fundy has some of the highest tides in the world. That means that twice a day sea water rises - sometimes as much as 7 metres in height. To produce power, the water flows through spillways upstream for approximately 6 hours. Then the spillways are shut, and when the water drops, and flows back downstream, power is generated (for...

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  • Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

    The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens has many theme gardens - from an innovative garden (where they have new plants - I found some I will grow next year), to the normal themes (perenniel, rose, rock, winter, pond etc.gardens) to period gardens such as the Knot, Victorian or Governor's Gardens. The gardens also had historical items such as the...

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  • Fort Anne - Annapolis Royal

    After the first Port Royal got destroyed by the British in 1613, the French decided that the original location of Port Royal was not defensible, and built a new Port Royal in Annapolis Royal in the 1630's. In 1702 the French began construction of the earthworks -- the way it looks now. Port Royal fell to the English in 1710 and changed name to...

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  • Port-Royal - The Habitation

    Historically, this is the first fort in the area. In 1605, Champlain built The Habitation after losing almost half of his men the previous winter on St. Croix Island.After having seen Fort Louisbourg earlier in this trip, we were amazed how small this structure was. The fort is a bunch of buildings built in a square with a green space in the...

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Annapolis Royal Restaurants

  • Ok Chinese in Annapolis Royal

    On Prince Albert Road in Annapolis Royal is New Charlie's. Not sure how new "Charlies," is but apparently this restaurant has changed hands often in recent years. I had the Combo #1 the Honey Garlic Chicken. It was ok but it had too much garlic and the quality of the chicken wasn't very good. She had the broccli with beef combo which I think was #...

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  • Relaxing Place for Light Meal or Dinner

    This place is located in an old bank building (c 1882) in downtown Annapolis Royal. A short walk from many of the great bed and breakfasts in this historic town. Went there on a Friday night while staying at the Hillsdale Inn. There is seating outdoors and indoors. If you sit outdoors you have a great view of the wharf. There was a good fish and...

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  • A great dining experience.

    I haven't actually stayed here but have visited, briefly, on a couple of occasions. We came to have dinner at The Garrison House Inn which was so good that we returned the following night ! We were staying in Smith's Cove just near Digby but the drive was worth it. It was fairly warm so were able to sit on the covered terrace which was nice.Service...

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  • A good lunch spot

    It was hard to choose which place to stop for lunch but finally we thought we'd try Leo's., the aroma of the fresh baked bread drew us in. The restaurant is in an historic building from the early 1700's. It was a good choice . We had the chicken thai sandwich wrap with peanut satay sauce and the turkey salad sandwhich , both were excellent and...

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  • The best coffee

    This is a good name for this place . There were mostly locals gathering here . The latte's are fabulous!! No need to rush you can take your time here!

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  • Austrian cuisine in Nova Scotia

    Unique Viennese style with an amazing water view. Special lunches, fine dining, huge desserts and cafe specials. This is very nice family operation--the mother is the chef and her two daughters provide the wait service which is very friendly and competent. The atmosphere is relaxed but the food is much better than one would expect in a small town...

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Annapolis Royal Nightlife

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    by easterntrekker Written Aug 13, 2007

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    Can't remember the name but I think its the only pub in town . I have it listed as a nightspot but its busy all the time . Nice small town atmosphere lots of locals!! Good food too!

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Annapolis Royal Shopping

  • Gorgeous Pottery

    The pottery here is unbelievable . Fabulous colours and original design. One artist makes the pottery and the other does the painting!! Prices start at about $100.00 with many ppiesces in the $300.00 range

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  • Local Treats

    We were too late for the market this time . It's over at 1PM on Sat and 3 PM during the week .Too bad its filled wit wonderful local bakery, jams jellies and of course produce!

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  • Locally Made

    If you want something locally made this is the spot. Even have NS tartan here!! I saw a T Sirt with the lupin ( symbolis in NS) almost bought it!!! They did have some nice rain jackets! Less expensive than Halifax

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Annapolis Royal Local Customs

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    by easterntrekker Written Aug 13, 2007

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    It is customary in this friendly little town to take time to say hello and maybe chat . I thought it was lovely that one couple even had a sign posted at their front verandah offering people to come and sit for awhile. Maybe we can learn something from this friendly place and go back to a more innocent time!!

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Annapolis Royal Off The Beaten Path

  • Keimkujik National Park: A Short Drive...

    Just down the road a few dozen kilometers from Annapolis Royal is Keimkujik National Park a great place for a few hikes or during fall just to absorb the gorgeous call colors. On the day we visited there was some rain and parts of the park were closed from heavy rains a few days ago.The park is relatively new established in 1967 and covers a vast...

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  • annapolis royal valley

    The Annapolis Valley is located in the southwestern portion of Nova Scotia. The valley covers an area from Digby in the west to Wolfville in the east. It includes the counties of Annapolis, Digby and Kings. The area is primarily agricultural but growth in recent years has encroached upon this activity. The area is a major producer of apples. Every...

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  • Halls Harbour: Great Place To See Tidal...

    One of the reasons for venturing over to Annapolis Royal was because we were told that it was in the middle of some of the highest tidal changes in the Bay of Fundy.When arriving in Annapolis Royal we learned that while the area in town had pretty great tidal fluctuations it was nowhere near the fluctuations that could be seen at Halls...

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Annapolis Royal Favorites

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    by easterntrekker Written Aug 13, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Annapolis Royal seems to have an unusally large concentration of artists. There are lots of small galleries and studios that are so much fun to browse even if you are not a serious buyer.

    There is quite avariety of styles , everything from gorgoues pottery , paintings and folk art.

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