|I got out of bed this morning 69 years old as it was my birthday. After I adjusted to my new age, we drove the two miles over to Annapolis Royal, not fully realizing that this is one of the most historic and most fought over sites in Canada and North America‘s history. Annapolis Royal is the second oldest city in North America behind St Augustine, Florida. Europeans landed in this area in 1604 and the English and French battled over this area off and on for over a 100 years, swapping control seven times and eventually ending up under British rule in 1710. Fort Anne, the original fort in Annapolis Royal, is Canada’s oldest National Historic Site. We toured the fort in the morning and then walked the scenic board walk along the city‘s shore line. In the afternoon, we had a costumed interpreter take us on an interpretive walk throughout this historic city. The interpreter wore an Acadian period dress with wooden shoes and gave us detailed history on many of the historic buildings within the city. Many of the homes and buildings dated back to the early 1700’s. After the city tour, we drove over to Port Royal, across the bay from Annapolis Royal and saw where this area was first inhabited. We also drove by the Tidal Electrical Power Generating Station, the only one in North America. At 9:30PM, just after dark, we met a costumed interpreter and about 20 other tourists at the Fort Anne Officer’s Quarters for a lantern lit tour of the Garrison Cemetery, the oldest English Graveyard in Canada. The oldest grave in Nova Scotia is at this graveyard, dating back to 1729. There were many other gravesites dating back to the mid 1700’s.