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Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

441 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia N 44º 44.471' W 065º 30.824'

Experience an incredible fusion of heritage and gardens in Annapolis Royal as you explore the beautiful 17 acre Historic Gardens, recognized in 2015 by the Canadian Garden Council as Canada’s Garden of the Year!

The world class Historic Gardens is located in historic Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, the first permanent European settlement in North America (Port-Royal 1605).

Historically themed areas tell the story of Nova Scotia settlement from an agricultural and horticultural perspective, showcasing gardening methods, designs and materials representing more than four hundred years of Canadian history. Highlights include the largest rose collection in Eastern Canada, an 18th century Governor’s Garden and 19th century Victorian Garden, a modern Innovative Garden, and much, much more.

In a tranquil setting overlooking a tidal river valley, the Historic Gardens rests on lands once inhabited by Acadian families in the early 17th century. Visitors can explore a reconstructed 1671 Acadian house, and stroll along a dykewalk around the old Acadian marshlands of Allain’s River.

The Historic Gardens is open to the public from early May to late October, with an entry fee which is good for the whole day. In the winter months the Gardens are accessible to the public by free will offering, conditions permitting. As “A Garden for all Seasons”, the Gardens always boasts many highlights, from February’s Witch Hazels, to June’s spring colour, July’s peak rose season to October’s autumn colours.

There are also many unique opportunities to experience the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens in other ways, from guided tours to hallmark events like “Wine & Roses”, from garden workshops to our Sunday Music Series, from the May Magnolia Festival to Ghost Town in October. Visit our website to see the latest Calendar of Events or to subscribe to our e-news Bloom Report.

9am-5pm - May-June, Sept-Oct
9am-8pm – July-Aug
9am-5pm – Nov-Apr conditions permitting (at own risk)

  • Elm Tree Café
  • Gardens Shop
  • Wheelchair accessible (scooter & wheelchair available)
  • No Pets
  • Indoor displays - Gardens Interpretive Centre

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