Port-Royal National Historic Site


This is another restoration that Parks Canada is maintaining.  Close to Annapolis Royal, Port Royal houses the restoration of Samuel de Champlain’s Habitation, where he lived in 1605.

Port Royal Habitation
A bust of Samuel de Champlain looking at his home in 1605

It’s much smaller than Fortress Louisbourg but, consider the age difference.  The habitation is 1605, about 140 years older than Fortress Lousibourg.

There are people in period costume who can explain a great deal about how the place was reconstructed (1939 – 1941) and what each of the rooms was used for.

For me the vital importance of these historical sites is to keep the past from fading away.  There was so much conflict and the Mi’kmaw who’d been in the area for thousands of years had their lives up ended.  There is much for us all to learn.

I wish every school kid could come and visit.

Port Royal
The narrow entrance to the Habitation
Port Royal
I want to make a postcard of this image.
Port Royal
1605 artwork
Port Royal
Only the best rooms for the higher ranks
Port Royal Chapel
Always a chapel in French settlements
Port Royal
Remember, the darker the pewter, the more lead.

More information: parks.canada.ca/lhn-nhs/ns/portroyal/culture/histoire-history

Where to stay in nearby Annapolis Royal 

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