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.
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