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Port-Royal National Historic Site
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Owner description: 1939 re-creation of Canada's first permanent settlement includes costumed interpreters engaged in traditional handicrafts like woodworking.
Reviewed 18 August 2014

I am giving this a four because it is an incredible reproduction of the 1605 French habitation. It is located about 7miles from Annapolis Royal in a pleasant location facing the Annapolis River. One of the guides gives you a VERY brief history, then you are on your own to visit the site. Except for the first building, which tells about the recreation of this site in !939, there are no signs or information in any other buildings.

The pamphlet that they give you does NOT describe the buildings or their functions. Basically you see a kitchen, a bakery, a large common/dining room, an artisan shop with a large room upstairs that was the sleeping quarters for the workers, the chapel, four rooms that were for the gentlemen,
the residence of De Mons, the storeroom, the wine cellar, the sail loft, the trading room, and the guard room. None of the rooms are big and they are in a rectangle around a central court yard.

There were a couple of guides around to answers our questions and that was helpful. BUT, it would have been nice to have had a film first like a lot of sites do and to have had a detailed self-guiding tour.

If you have time, the North Hills Museum, which is on the way to Port Royal, is fantastic. it is a home built in 1764, purchased by a antique dealer in l964 who completed restored it, and is now open free of charge to the public. You may also be interested in Victoria Beach, which is not a beach but a fishing village from where you can see Digby and the Bay of Fundy. It is about 10 miles beyond Port Royal.

The fee to Port Royal is $3.90 ($3.40 for seniors). it is free if you have the Discovery Pass.

Thank bcnett
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

I thought this site was so interesting. Built at the site of Samuel de Champlain's winter settlement (1605), this replica of the first settlement was a good learning experience to discover what life was like for those early settlers. Visit included typical demonstrations of how people did things 400 years ago. Not too busy on the day we went, so staff had lots of time to share knowledge.

Friendly staff, lovely location. Plan about an hour visit. $4 per adult, $2 per kid, so it was great value.

2  Thank cel23
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We stopped by Port-Royal while hoping to avoid some showers and were very happy we did. The Port-Royal site is very authentic and well presented, especially if you can chat with some of the interpreters. It's not very accessible, however, if you have mobility issues

Thank schweiz2816
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Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

We were a little wary of this fort as we don't in general like reconstructions however this was great. The rooms were well done, the guides helpful and the location beautiful. It really increased and enhanced our knowledge of early Canadian History.

Thank djne11026
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Learning about history is always more interesting when one can actually view the fort and how it works.

Thank CindyLou L
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