Neil and Lois 50th Anniversary Trip travel blog

Fort Anne museum Tapestry Needlepoint on the History of Annapolis Royal

Ammo storage bunker at Fort Anne

Garrison Cemetery at Fort Anne, oldest English cemetery in Canada

Officers quarters at Fort Anne

Church across the bay from Annapolis Royal

View of Port Royal homes from Annapolis Royal side

On the Annapolis Royal wharf with Port Royal in the background

Lois with our Acadian dressed Historical Tour guide in front of Annapolis...

Old historical post office and customs building in Annapolis Royal

Four of the older houses in Annapolis Royal

Old light house at Port Royal

View of Annapolis Royal from Port Royal side

Neil and Lois inAnnapolis Royal with Port Royal in backhround

Neil and Lois with our tour guide for the lantern lit tour...

Taken during the Garrison Graveyard tour

Taken during the Garrison graveyard lantern lit tour

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.

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