Port-Royal National Historic Site

Port-Royal National Historic Site

Port-Royal National Historic Site
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesPoints of Interest & Landmarks
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Explore one of the earliest French settlements in North America, the Habitation at Port-Royal. Canada's first major historical reconstruction, now a National Historic Site. Samuel de Champlain once called this place 'the most suitable and pleasant for a settlement that we had seen'. Learn how the French colonists kept up their spirits with the Order of Good Cheer and about their crucial relationships forged with the Mi'kmaw.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • helen1218
    Ottawa, Canada161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    We (2 adults, 2 kids under 6) had a fantastic time! This place is highly immersive, with very knowledgable staff -dressed in period clothing- explaining so many fascinating parts of daily life. I would recommend a stroller or wagon for kiddos who can get tired. Bring drinks & or snacks for littles, you can’t buy these things on-site.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
  • MKJLR
    145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great little gem!
    This place surprised us! I wasn't really expecting too much in terms of interaction, but it was a really great spot to visit! The staff were extremely knowledgeable on the origins of the fur trade in Nova Scotia and this place was completely outfitted with furniture and decor of which most you could touch and explore. Most of the staff where in period costume and were doing various demonstrations. The kids (4 & 8) loved the little scavenger hunt and were thrilled to get a small prize for completing it.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Reneé B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Having fun with history!
    Our visit to Port-Royal was 100% worth it. We had a memorable visit thanks to our incredible costumed interpreter Brenda. She was very knowledgeable and also fun; engaging the kids and adults in our group with interactive activities and tons of great information. Do not miss this site if you visit the area! You can even plan a picnic after the visit to enjoy the great views of this interesting historical site.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Foodange
    Manchester, United Kingdom4,094 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Realistic Rebuilt Fort
    Spectacular 1939 rebuild of the fort that was originally here, constructed by the French. Some great exhibitions in the various rooms, really gave us a feel for life in the 17th century. A destination, not somewhere you’d pass and virtually deserted when we visited. You can have the guided tour, but we did things at our own pace. Afterwards we sat on the only 2 chairs we could find, looking out over the bay.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
  • DSandJB
    173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super reconstruction with excellent guides
    This reconstruction of the first permanent French settlement in Canada is amazing, and the guides are fantastic : they are dressed in authentic costume from the early 1600s and are incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It's a great opportunity to see how the fur traders lived and worked, learn about the trades people who travelled to Nova Scotia and see some of the tools they would have used to construct the site and everything in it. A really memorable and enjoyable 1.5 hour visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written June 12, 2024
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Richard S
St Peter Port, UK118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The construction of this historic site really brought into reality the life led by the early French settlers. With rooms laid out and furnished as they would have been in the C17 it was easy to imagine how they lived in this difficult environment. A great site well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written May 20, 2022
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williamNola
nola296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
great history lesson. but for me the best feature was the opportunity to see how things were constructed 400 years ago ( although the residency is not original it was built to original specifications). the accompanying pamphlets were well written and explained each room in detail. there were docents to answer questions. if you have the time watch the tides outside the fort. they are impressive
Written May 28, 2023
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DSandJB
Bristol173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This reconstruction of the first permanent French settlement in Canada is amazing, and the guides are fantastic : they are dressed in authentic costume from the early 1600s and are incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It's a great opportunity to see how the fur traders lived and worked, learn about the trades people who travelled to Nova Scotia and see some of the tools they would have used to construct the site and everything in it. A really memorable and enjoyable 1.5 hour visit.
Written June 12, 2024
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Reneé B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Our visit to Port-Royal was 100% worth it. We had a memorable visit thanks to our incredible costumed interpreter Brenda. She was very knowledgeable and also fun; engaging the kids and adults in our group with interactive activities and tons of great information.
Do not miss this site if you visit the area! You can even plan a picnic after the visit to enjoy the great views of this interesting historical site.
Written September 14, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MKJLR
Canada145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This place surprised us! I wasn't really expecting too much in terms of interaction, but it was a really great spot to visit!

The staff were extremely knowledgeable on the origins of the fur trade in Nova Scotia and this place was completely outfitted with furniture and decor of which most you could touch and explore. Most of the staff where in period costume and were doing various demonstrations.

The kids (4 & 8) loved the little scavenger hunt and were thrilled to get a small prize for completing it.
Written August 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

DotsGirl2
Vancouver, Canada452 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
This was a really well reconstruction of the early French settlement. The Fort is interesting on its own but the interpreters really made the experience. Brenda who played Jacques was really amazing. We really enjoyed our time there
Written June 12, 2022
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lolcanuck
Kitchener, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Vistited Port Royal for the first time in over 25 years. Such a wonderful reproduction of the actual habitation. Though there was no guided tour, the interpreter, Spike, was outstanding. He answered all our questions with indepth detail. I would highly recommend a visit to this historic site.
Written August 29, 2021
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Onix1962
Bridgetown, Canada21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
If you want to see what it is to be a pre-colonist in the year 1605, this place is a must see.
The staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable and ready to answer all your questions about Port Royal Habitation and the famous people that passed through its gates such as Samuel de Champlain and Louis Hebert.

They are opened from May Long weekend to Canadian Thanks Giving
Written October 12, 2022
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MyrtleAnn
Halifax, Canada59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
This is a wonderful site to meander around. Such rich history and as you walk around you can almost imagine what it would have been like hundreds of years ago. The inside facilities are closed but there are lots of interpretive plaques around to give a flavour for the history. It is free for visitors right now and worth the walk. I was disappointed the historical society’s graveyard tours were not happening due to Covid but it just gives me another excuse to come back!
Written July 28, 2020
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Foodange
Manchester, UK4,094 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Spectacular 1939 rebuild of the fort that was originally here, constructed by the French.
Some great exhibitions in the various rooms, really gave us a feel for life in the 17th century.
A destination, not somewhere you’d pass and virtually deserted when we visited.
You can have the guided tour, but we did things at our own pace.
Afterwards we sat on the only 2 chairs we could find, looking out over the bay.
Written November 21, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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