Charles Fort National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Charles Fort National Historic Site

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
Type
Military
Address
323 St George St, Annapolis Royal, NS, Canada
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Hours
Grounds open year-round. Charles Fort National Historic Site is located within the limits of Fort Anne National Historic Site which is open June 16 to October 10, 2021: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Daily
Phone
902-532-2397

Some Parks Canada Places have begun a safe, gradual reopening and resumption of limited visitor services. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit. For more details regarding hours of operation contact the site directly. For more information regarding Parks Canada and Covid-19, visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/fortanne/visit/covid-19-info

Charles Fort is located below Fort Anne National Historic Site on the Annapolis River in Nova Scotia.

Constructed nearly 400 years ago, the fort was the original headquarters for the colony of Nova Scotia, or New Scotland, settled in 1629 by 70 hardy souls under the command of Sir William Alexander. Today, the remains of the fort are concealed underground, marked by a commemorative plaque. But for visitors, the site and its commanding view of the Annapolis River and Goat Island evokes the spirit and struggles of some of Canada’s earliest settlers, as well as the fierce European rivalries that would play out here.

Charles Fort was ceded in 1632 to the French, who would later build multiple forts on the same spot. The last of these survives as today’s Fort Anne.

Amenities

  • Family-Friendly
  • Food and Beverages
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access

Fun Facts

  • The actual location of Charles Fort was only recently “rediscovered.” Remains were found during archeological digs from 1989-1992.
  • The original 1629 fort was built in the shape of a large pentagon, with mounted guns and a house for the leader of the colony, Sir William Alexander the Younger.

Location

323 St George St, Annapolis Royal, NS, Canada
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