Fort Anne National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Fort Anne National Historic Site

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
323 St George St, Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0, Canada
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May 19 to October 8, 2023, open daily (9 am - 5 pm). The grounds are open year-round.
902-532-2397 (May to September) / 902-532-2321 (October to May)

Discover Canada’s first administered National Historic Site and one of the most hotly contested pieces of land on the continent. A succession of Scottish, French, and English settlers fought over this land, often drawing the Mi’kmaq into their conflict.

At Fort Anne, site tours are our specialty! Visitors have an opportunity to learn so much about what has happened over the years at this hotly contested territory. Vauban Fortification and Cradle of Acadia tours are offered daily on-demand, while White Glove tours of the extensive collection of artifacts can be pre-booked in advance.

In the Tapestry Room, a new mural by Mi’kmaw artist Loretta Gould presents Mi’kmaw presence since time immemorial, and connections between Mi’kmaq and the land. Together with the existing tapestry that depicted the arrival of Europeans, the room holds 3,000 years of rich stories of this place.


  • Family-Friendly
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Washrooms

Fun Facts

  • Fort Anne is in the historic town of Annapolis Royal, which served as the capital of Nova Scotia until 1749 and is among the most fought-over pieces of land on the continent.
  • Thirteen battles took place on the grounds at Fort Anne and it changed hands seven times.
  • The fort is built in a traditional, star-shaped plan: Raised earth bastions at four corners allowed defenders to repel invaders.
  • Visitors to the fort enjoy panoramic views of the Annapolis River, a mosaic of hills, pastures, and historic homes.


323 St George St, Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0, Canada
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