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Annapolis Royal, a treasure -updated

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An August 2000 trip to Annapolis Royal by samepenny

Port Royal Historic Site Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia More Photos
Quote: Annapolis Royal is a sweet, historic village. It's like visiting Colonial Williamsburg--only you get to stay there over night! Incredible hospitality! Another IGOUGO Guide pointed out that I failed to include where we stayed in Annapolis Royal. Data updated!

Annapolis Royal, a treasure -updated

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Overview

The Quenn Ann Inn Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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So much to do and see. On the history side, there are the forts. We visited 2, Fort Anne and Port Royal, the gardens, the beautiful streets to walk about, great restaurants and interesting shopping.

Quick Tips:

Don't rush through this town. It's worth a serious amount of time. I've visited there twice and am willing to return. Some photos from Nova Scotia Tourist Commission.

Best Way To Get Around:

Walk in town, drive out to the Tidal Power Plant and Port Royal. The tourist information office is at the Tidal Power Plant.

The Pines Resort

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Hotel

The Pines Resort Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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This fabulous old hotel has both rooms in the main building and cottages out on the grounds. We prefer the cottages, but they are NOT housekeeping cottages. They have bedrooms, a bathroom and living room. No cooking facilities. That's OK as the hotel has great food. Lovely place to go for long walks and enjoy the views of the Bay of Fundy. Swimming pool, tennis, etc. Plenty of free parking. Access to some cottages requires going up stairs. A really neat place for hotel lovers. The little town of Digby is great for sight seeing, shopping, eating and photography. Click here for Pine Resort website.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2000

The Pines Resort
St. John's Ferry Terminal
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
1(800) 667-4637

Hillsdale House Inn

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Hotel | "Hillsdale House built in 1849"

Hillsdale House Inn Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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Prices in Canadian dollars $70 to $110. Although this is classified as a Bed & Breakfast, it was purpose built as in Inn in 1949 and as far as I am concerned still is one. A variety of rooms, some up very steep stairs. Only one or 2 on the main floor are handicap accessible. Inquire when booking. A 5 minute walk from anything going on in the tourist area of Annapolis Royal, this is a very interesting place to stay. The quantity of rooms was reduced in number when ''en suite'' bathrooms were installed. The very small rooms are very small. We booked one as it was what we could get. Our friends booked a freshly redone bedroom with sitting area in the carriage house extension. That was very nic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2001

Hillsdale House Inn
519 St. George Street
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
(902) 532-2345

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

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Attraction

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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In the middle of town, this garden is about 10 acres of land that goes down to the tidal basin off the Bay of Fundy, so the water comes and goes. An incredible amount of work has gone into this wonderful place. Close to Fort Anne. Parking across St. George Street. If your staying in the village, it's an easy walk from just about any where. Your ticket is good for all day. Admission charge. Gift shop (very good) and cafe. (902) 532-7018 open May 15 to Oct. 15. Photos from Nova Scotia Tourist Commission.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2000

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
441 St George
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
(902) 532-7018

Port Royal Historic Site Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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Home to the Order of Good Cheer. The fort was recreated from original drawings in the 1930's so now it has some age on it. We have visited it on 2 different trips and really enjoy it. The costumed guides are great. Admission charged, but it's minor. This 1600's fort gives a real idea of what life was like for the original Europeon visitors to Nova Scotia. The original fort was burned to the ground. Great views of the Bay of Fundy. No gift shop, but neighbors do put out items for sale in their front yards: homemade candy, fresh produce, crafts. The hospitality in this area is incredible. Photos from Nova Scotia Tourist Commission.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2000

Port Royal Historic Site
Route 1 to Granville Ferry, left 7.5 miles
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

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Attraction | "Fort Anne National Historic Site"

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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This fascinating fort is a great adventure for those interested in history. There is a small charge to get into the museum which depicts 400 years of local history, but no charge to get into the grounds, which are open to the public 24 hours. Lavish, green grass on the embankments. A beautiful park in addition to a significant historical area. Site for the night time graveyard tours (well worth doing also). The views are tremendous. Annapolis Royal is to be commended on keeping this site in such remarkable condition. Some parking by the museum, but you are better off to walk in if you are staying nearby. It's a great area for a walk!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2000

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
441 St George
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
(902) 532-7018

Annapolis Royal Tidal Basin Power Station

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Attraction

Annapolis Royal Tidal Basin Power Station Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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We've visited this power station on 2 different trips and still find it fascinating. Many people have speculated on using the tremondous force of the rising and falling tides in the Bay of Fundy to generate electricity. A few years ago this power station was built as a pilot project to see what could be done. This is the only electric generating station in North America which uses salt water. Although Canada is very strong on using hydro-electric power, it appears that this project will not be expanded. It seems that there is too much damage to the local environment caused by the blocking off of part of the river and the subsequent release of the water. Still, it's well worth seeing. No admission...Read More

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Annapolis Royal Tidal Basin Power Station
Annapolis River Causeway
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

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I want to use this entry to make mention of the Information Center in this power station which is a good example of the other Information Centers we used in Canada. They are great. They can help you find a place to stay, eat, hike, shop, visit or just plain sit! They always have nice, clean rest rooms (wash rooms). We called them the Question Mark places because that's what's on their signs.
Thank you, information people!