Annapolis Royal Travel Guide

  • Oldest Gravestone in Canada
    Oldest Gravestone in Canada
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  • Baily House Built in 1770
    Baily House Built in 1770
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    Beginning of Tour
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Annapolis Royal Things to Do

  • ~ British - French - British - French ~

    Fort Anne was the most fought over Fort, it is believed to have changed hands between the British and the French over 7 times between 1621 - 1763Although it was closed when I visited, we were still able to walk around the grounds. There are picnic areas, benches along the outer path of the Fort, even stairs to get you up the very steep hills.There...

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  • ~ O'Dell Museum ~

    On our walking tour of Annapolis Valley we went into the O'Dell Museum. The guides in there were very friendly and told us with great pride about the house. They showed us the first room, which happened to be Mr O'Dell's office and then allowed us to walk through at our own pace. They kept peeking in with us to see if we had anymore questions.Corey...

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  • ~ A Stroll Through Town ~

    It's a sunny day, a breeze coming off the water, and a little time to spare. What should you do? Take a stroll along Upper and Lower St George Street. There are 10 historical houses along Upper St George Street and 14 along Lower St George Street. These houses date back to 1707 and Fort Anne being built in 1702.There is a handy pamphlet available...

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  • ~ You Said "Billions?" ~

    The Annapolis Tidal Power Plant is one of three Tidal plants in the world and the only one in North America. It is situated in the mouth of the Annapolis River by the Bay of Fundy. The Bay of Fundy is known for producing the highest tides in the world. The tides can be anywhere from 12 meters to 16 meters.The plant generates between 80 - 100...

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  • ~ Smallest Pub in Nova Scotia ~

    Ye Olde Towne Pub is known for being the smallest pub in Nova Scotia. When I walked into the pub, I expected a tiny place, but the pub is actually not as tiny as I figured. There's plenty of seating inside if you wish to sit down and sample some of the menu, or sit out and enjoy your meal and drink out on the patio.The building was built in 1884...

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  • ~ Candlelight Ghost Tour ~

    Are you afraid of ghosts? Do you like to walk through graveyards in the dark? Want to know more about the people who were buried hundreds of years ago? Well this is the tour for you!Alan Melanson is the guide for the Annapolis Royal Candlelight Graveyard Tour. Dressed in typical period clothes he reverts back to the late 1700's and gives you a...

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  • Go for a walk.

    I know it sounds like a very obvious thing to say about a place but taking a walk round Annapolis Royal really is a delightful thing to do. To have so much history packed into it, the town is fairly compact and would only take about 20 minutes to walk end to end if you were not stopping off to see the myriad gems on offer. It appears that just...

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  • A brilliant, historic, friendly pub.

    Annapolis Royal has many attractions and I commend them to you but what it appears to be slightly short of is pubs. There are plenty of restaurants, many of them licensed but the vagaries of the Nova Scotian licensing laws mean that you have to eat there if you want an alcoholic drink. Indeed, this seems to be the case in much of the Province, a...

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  • A graveyeard after dark - are you mad?

    Readers of other pages I have constructed here on Virtual Tourist know that I am fascinated by old graveyards as I find them a wonderful source of social history as well as being just plain interesting and so it was a very happy planxty that stumbled upon the graveyard adjacent to Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal. It was an even happier planxty that...

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  • Such a shame it was closed.

    I have mentioned in another tip on my Nova Scotia page about the ludicrous practice in the Province of closing all provincially administered attractions on Sunday and Monday, except in very high season which regrettably started two days after my trip there. For this reason I missed out on perhaps the jewel in the crown in annapolis Royal namely...

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  • Get the information first.

    Nova Scotia generally is very well served witth Visitor Information Centres which seem to be of uniformly high standard and Annapolis Royal is no exception. As it was in tourist season (May 15th – October 15th) it was located on the ground floor of the Tidal Power Generating Station (details below) and the rest of the year it re-locates to the Town...

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  • A phenomenal piece of technology.

    I am going to start this tip with a few facts that frankly astounded me when I learnt of them on my visit to the Annapolis Tidal Generating Station which is what it is about. The Bay of Fundy has the largest tidal variation in the world, averaging an incredible 47 feet. This huge tide means that tens of billions of gallons of water pass through...

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  • 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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Annapolis Royal Hotels

  • Annapolis Royal Inn

    3924 Highway 1, Allains Creek, Annapolis Royal, B0S 1A0, Canada

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hillsdale House Inn

    Looking for a place that you will never forget? With furnishings so charming and wonderful you think...

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  • Queen Anne Inn

    494 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, B0S 1A0, Canada

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

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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