This area was first known as Nme’juaqnek – place of bountiful fish. The Mi’kmaq traditionally came here to gather and fish. In the 1600s and 1700s, it was the centre of early European colonization and settlement. Today, the fort is situated on 15 hectares (37 acres) of land in beautiful Annapolis Royal and is what remains of a long line of forts first erected by the Scots, then subsequently built by the French and lastly taken over and re-built by the British to become what we now know as Fort Anne National Historic Site.
On your visit, step inside the Officers’ Quarters museum to explore the new exhibits and discover the relationships between the Mi’kmaq, French, British, Acadians, and African Nova Scotians who have called this place home. Take some time to admire the Fort Anne Tapestry (2.4 m x 5.5 m / 8 ft x 18 ft) depicting 400 years of history in the area. Be sure to inquire about the White Glove Tours for a behind-the-scene look at the museum’s plentiful artifacts and archives.
On the grounds, stroll along the perimeter walking trail and enjoy the interpretive panels and grand vistas of the Annapolis River and Basin. If timing permits, take a guided tour of the Vauban Fortifications with a Parks Canada interpreter.
For an entirely new experience, rent a tablet at the Visitor Desk to unlock the museum exhibit’s multimedia interactivity and then take it outside to enjoy an exclusive tour of the grounds.
Bringing the family and looking for fun? Pick up a “Seek and Find” activity book, join Parks Canada’s Club Parka, or pick up an Xplorers booklet. Parks Canada Xplorers is a fun way for parents and kids ages 6–11 to enjoy special activities at Fort Anne. Complete at least five activities in the booklet and become an official Fort Anne Xplorer with a certificate and a special limited-edition collectible souvenir!
Don’t miss the chance to visit the oldest English graveyard in Nova Scotia and one of the oldest in Canada! Even better, join the Candlelight Graveyard Tour presented by the Historical Association of Annapolis Royal.
Photo credit: C. Reardon
Facilities / Services
Bilingual/Multilingual staff available
This property accepts American Express, Mastercard, Visa, Debit card, JCB Card.
Admission: Admission charged.