Port-Royal National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Port-Royal National Historic Site

Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia
Cultural Heritage Centre
53 Historic Lane, Port-Royal, NS, Canada, B0S 1K0
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May 20 to October 9, 2022: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Open Daily | Grounds accessible year-round, weather permitting, no winter maintenance.


The health and safety of visitors and employees is Parks Canada’s top priority. Parks Canada continues to follow provincial public health measures. For more information regarding Parks Canada and Covid-19, visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/portroyal/visit/covid-19-info

Port-Royal National Historic Site features a reconstruction of the Habitation, an enclosed wooden compound. In 1605, Samuel de Champlain helped establish one of the earliest European settlements in North America on land that is the traditional homeland of the Mi’kmaq. Costumed interpreters will help you understand the challenges faced by the French as they carved out a new settlement. Let your imagination soar as you walk along the shore of the Annapolis Basin, and gaze at the same horizon that the Mi’kmaq experienced for thousands of years and that Champlain saw in 1605.


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

Fun Facts

  • Built in 1605, Port-Royal was the first successful European settlement north of St. Augustine, Florida. It was in use for only eight years.
  • Membertou – chief of the Mi’kmaq nation, and his people welcomed settlers and helped them survive in their new environment
  • Rebuilding the Habitation at Port-Royal in 1939 was the Canadian government’s first large-scale reconstruction project, greatly assisted by Samuel do Champlain’s early 17th century drawings and written descriptions.


53 Historic Lane, Port-Royal, NS, Canada, B0S 1K0
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