Annapolis Royal Journals

Long Weekend Break in the Annapolis Valley

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A July 2010 trip to Annapolis Royal by tvordj

Annapolis Royal Farmers market Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia More Photos
Quote: My mother and I decided to take a four day break in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. We decided to stay in Annapolis Royal as our base because there are a number of attractions in the area that we wanted to see.

What we did

Enjoying the Annapolis Valley

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Against the wall of FarFetched antiques Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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My mother and I decided to spend a long weekend away in the lovely Annapolis Royal in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. The weather stayed spectacular for all four days which was very lucky! The skies were nearly cloudless, the temperatures were in the mid 20s but there was always a cool breeze blowing off the Bay of Fundy so it never got too warm.Annapolis Royal is about a 2 hour drive from Halifax and you could drive down and back as a day trip, taking in the town and Port Royal, which is about a 15 minute drive past Annapolis Royal. We decided to base in Annapolis Royal and do several day trips from there in the region. The Annapolis and Port Royal region is the oldest cont...Read More

Port Royal and the North Shore

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St. Mary's interior Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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(note, this is part of a "long weekend journal" but Port Royal could be visited as a day trip from Halifax, as well. It's about a 2 and a half hour drive on the highway, a little bit far but still doable)We were up at 8 and down to the dining room for breakfast which was wonderful! Julie and Greg are great hosts and are very friendly and Greg is a fabulous cook! The dishes always arrive looking like works of art, too!Our first destination is Port Royal, on the other side of the river. This is the site of the original settlement in 1605 making it the oldest permanent settlement north of Florida. It was recreated in the 1930s from original plans. It's not really a fort as such, i...Read More

Farmer's Market and Bear River

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Annapolis Royal Farmer's market Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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Saturday morning, while enjoying breakfast, we were surprised when a gentleman in full British redcoat arrived. It was the town crier! He had his bell and scroll and apparently goes around to most of the B&Bs and Inns on Saturday morning and later does a stint at the Farmer's Market. This was our destination as well. First we had a walk around the gardens around the Inn. They have it done up really nicely and there was lots to admire.The Farmer's Market is known to be the best market around and i'd have to agree. Not a lot of stalls with fruit and veg but it's very early in the season. There were lots of things to look at, gifts, crafts, bakery stalls (nom!), antiques. There were sever...Read More

Where to stay and eat

Queen Anne Inn

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Hotel | "Elegant Victorian Inn"

Queen Anne Inn Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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One of the largest inns in Annapolis Royal, the Queen Anne is really a treat. The building dates to the mid 1800s and has been an Inn for most of its life, though occasionally a private home and once was a school for boys as well. The current owners, Greg and Julie, have had it for about 8 years. The prior owners were also antique dealers and much of the furniture and decorative items seem to have come with the inn to the new owners' possession. There are high ceilings, lovely sitting rooms or areas on all three floors. Most of the accommodations are en suite, and all are climate controlled individually. Most of the rooms are queen or king sized beds but they have a couple with two double beds....Read More

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Queen Anne Inn
494 Upper St. George Street
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
(902) 532-7850

Ye Olde Town Pub

Restaurant | "Small Pub in an Old Building"

Ye Olde Town Pub Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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In a heritage building by the Farmer's Market in the center of the town of Annapolis Royal is a pub that claims to be the smallest one in Nova Scotia. I haven't been to them all so can't verify. It is small, however. There are two areas for tables but the bar is well stocked and the kitchen seems to be more than able to produce tasty food. In addition to pub grub, they also have some really good and fresh seafood. I had some pan fried Digby scallops when i was there and have had good fish and chips as well. There's an outdoor patio for summer and it overlooks the busy Saturday Farmer's market.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2010

Ye Olde Town Pub
9-11 Church Street
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia B0S 1A0
(902) 532-2244?

What to do

Farmer's Market, Annapolis Royal

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Attraction | "Best Market for Miles"

Annapolis Royal Farmer's market Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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There is a Farmer's and Trader's market every Saturday morning from 7 until about 1 p.m. in the centre of Annapolis royal. It is large, with many different items, from fruit and veg, to bakery goods to antiques and locally made crafts and art. There is usually one or two musicians playing for background music and all the stall owners are quite friendly and more than willing to talk about their goods. The Town Crier will put in an appearance with his bell and scroll mid morning and the stall selling freshly cooked potato pancakes will most definitely tempt you. There are a few craft and gift stores along the side of the back portion of the market and there's a pub overlooking the market with an outdoor...Read More

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Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

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Attraction | "17 Acres of Wonderful Gardens"

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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These gardens were created as a conservation and heritage project and opened in 1981. It represents the heritage of the area, which spans 4 centuries. Although the first settlement was at nearby Port Royal, on the other side of the river, Port Royal was re-established later on the site of the current Annapolis Royal, named as such in 1710 for Queen Anne.The 17 acre Historic Gardens is open between May and October, 7 days a week. It's a really beautiful place to wander through. Various sections will be in bloom in different seasons and of course, summer is the best time to see the flowers in all their vivid glory. The Rose Garden is spectacular and is set up so that you view them in chronol...Read More

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

Port Royal Historic Site

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Attraction | "Oldest Settlement North of Florida"

Port Royal Historic Site Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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The original name of Nova Scotia was Acadia or, in French, Acadie and covered the present day Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Port Royal was founded by Samuel Champlain and Sieur de Mons and claimed for France in 1605, 2 years before the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia, and fifteen years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts, it is Canada's oldest settlement and one of the first settled in North America. It was destroyed in 1613 by an attack from the Jamestown faction but rebuilt again by the French, a little further upriver at the present day Annapolis Royal which changed hands bettween the French and English 5 times until the English fin...Read More

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

Fort Anne National Historic Site

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Attraction | "Trace the History of Annapolis Royal"

Fort Anne National Historic Site Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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Fort Anne was built to protect the settlement at Port Royal after it was relocated to the current site of Annapolis Royal in the 17th century. The settlement changed hands back and forth between the English/Scots and the French several times until 1710 when the English took permanent control. There have been four forts on this site, the current one dates to the early 18th century. It is a star shaped earthworks and there is a restored Officer's Quarters that is now the museum. The grounds are interesting to walk around and the ramparts and guns still overlook the river. You can also walk on trails around the marshlands. The site is fully accessible.There are various events held on the site...Read More

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

Historic Houses in Annapolis Royal

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Attraction | "Two Historic Houses/Museums to Visit"

O'Dell House dining room Photo, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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O'Dell HouseO'Dell House used to be a Victorian Stagecoach inn on the Annapolis Royal waterfront near the wharf that was the terminus for the train. It has rooms on the main floor that are furnished with period antiques and the second floor has some temporary exhibits and a toy and doll collection.There is also a geneology research facility here.Entrance is a nominal $3.00 with discounts for seniors, children and group rates available. Open from late May to late September daily and in winter, in weekday afternoons. There is a little gift shop featuring locally made items and some historical books and maps.136 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal. The house...Read More

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tvordj

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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia