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Historic Annapolis Royal

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A May 2002 trip to Annapolis Royal by Re Carroll

Saturday morning market Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia More Photos
Quote: Annapolis Royal is one of the prettiest towns in Nova Scotia with lovingly restored Victorian era homes and the oldest national historic site in Canada. It is also the gateway to the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia’s premier apple growing area.

Historic Annapolis Royal

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Overview

Saturday morning market Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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Annapolis is a beautiful little town with close to 150 historic buildings set amid large, tree-lined streets. Many of the Victorian era homes have been lovingly restored and now house B&Bs, restaurants and shops. On Saturday mornings, there is a Farmers' Market across from the wharf where locals come to sell produce, home baked goodies, and arts and crafts. Fort Anne is Canada’s oldest historic site, and home to the Heritage Tapestry which depicts 400 years of the area’s history. Another must-see is The Historic Gardens; its 10 acres are divided into sections like the Rose Maze, the Victorian Garden and the Knot Garden. Even in the spring, the magnolias, lilacs and tulips provide color an...Read More

The King George Inn

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Hotel

The King George Inn Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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Owned by Faye McStravick, this B&B is set in a large Victorian home that was built in 1868 for a sea captain. It’s very easy to spot because it is on the main road into town and is painted in extremely eye-catching colours - burnt orange being the main one. Inside, it is like a museum with large, high-ceilinged rooms filled with stained glass and antiques. Any room not rented is left open and guests are free to look around. All the rooms have a private bath, and some even have jacuzzis. Our room was at the top of the stairs and had a king sized bed, player piano, tv, large bureau, and a couple of easy chairs by the window. It also had a wine holder and glasses for our use, as well as...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

The King George Inn
548 Upper St. George Street
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
(902) 532-5286

Newman's Restaurant

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Restaurant

Newman's Restaurant Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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Newman's has been around since 1980, and the reason for that is the creative menu and wonderfully-prepared food. It’s a large restaurant with a warm, friendly atmosphere. The front entrance displays colourful tiles that reminded me of Portugal. Inside, fresh flowers abound - on each individual table, on the hostess desk, in the bathrooms, and scattered anywhere else there was room. The restaurant is closed in the winter because the owner does lots of traveling. This is reflected in the menu; it includes dishes from around the world. The extensive wine list is also multinational and has selections from France, Germany, Spain, Chile, Italy, the US, Canada and Portugal, and includes a decent s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Newman's Restaurant
218 St. George Street
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
(902) 532-5502

Ye Old Town Pub

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Restaurant

Ye Old Town Pub Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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This pub is located in an old building, built in 1884, that used to be a bank. It advertises that it was the smallest pub in all of Nova Scotia but it looks average in size. When I asked the bartender for an explanation, he said that at one time, their liquor license only allowed for a couple of seats at the bar. That is no longer the case and drinks are available in any of the three separate rooms in the pub. As well as the usual drinks they serve shandy, a typical British drink made with beer and gingerale. The menu is pub food - steak & kidney or steak & mushroom pies, sandwiches, soups, burgers and lots of appetizers, including raw scallops marinated in vinegar, nachos, and deep-...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Ye Old Town Pub
9-11 Church Street
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
(902) 532-2244

Fort Anne National Historic Site

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Attraction | "Fort Anne"

Fort Anne National Historic Site Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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Fort Anne is Canada’s oldest National Historic Site, designated as such in 1917. It was originally built by the French in 1643, but see-sawed between the French and British for many years until Britain gained control in 1710. The Fort was constantly modified throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, and the Museum is housed in what used to be the Officers' Barracks, built in 1797. Inside, one of the first and popular exhibits is the Fort Anne Heritage Tapestry, a large needlework that depicts 400 years of life in Annapolis. The tapestry measures 8 feet by 18 feet and consists of 4 separate panels, each detailing 100 years of history. It took more than 100 volunteers four years to complete. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Fort Anne National Historic Site
Highway 8 & Highway 1
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
(902) 532-2397

About the Writer

Re Carroll

Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia