Port-Royal Habitation

Click on the above image to enter an exploration of the first permanent French settlement in North America.

Step back into 1605, when the first French settlers arrived to Nova Scotia and were establishing a settlement as well as a relationship with the Mi’kmaq people who lived in this land.  A previous attempt at settlement elsewhere in the province had already failed.  What made this place more successful?  The Port-Royal National Historic Site is a wonderful place to visit rain or shine.  Informed guides dressed in clothes of the era, some doing tasks that would have been done around the habitation, describe the times, the building of this replica of the original Acadian settlement, and answer questions.

When you are driving along the Annapolis River to this historic treasure, image what it would have felt like before highways and many communities, when sails from a tall ship could be seen over the grass and through the trees.  News from home?  Provisions and new people to talk to?  The British? Pirates?  The location gives you a feel for what that must have felt like.

The VRs (360° scenes) that are part of the above tour were shot over the course of a number of visits. Each visit, we learned something new.  Each guide knows the history, but has their own specialty and particular interests, so different insight. If you run across a costumed person in the tour, click on them to learn more about the times.  (There are 3 movies to discover.)

More information on visiting and on the history can be found here.

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