Port-Royal, a National Historic Site, and a member of the Parks Canada network opened its doors for the season a few weeks ago. I was lucky enough to visit on a warm, sunny, cloud-free afternoon. Welcome to week 373 (6/21/2018) of Travel Photo Thursday. Join me as I take you on a photo tour of my favourite rooms and spots at Port Royal.
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You enter the compound through this single wooden door with the crests above the doorway.
This is the storeroom, where furs were stored prior to being shipped to France. The lady standing in front of the handcrafted canoe is one of the park guides and is a member of the Mi’kmaq tribe.
The Governor of Port Royal lived in comfortable elegance. Can you imagine him stretching his legs in front of the day after a long day of habitation business?
I was surprised to see such a well-organized pharmacy of traditional herbs. I think the Mi’kmaq would have shared much of their knowledge of the various herbs. The Mi’kmaq had welcomed the French when they arrived, forming strong friendships and alliances.
Meals were communal, and from the looks of the tables and the dishes, etc. it appears the mealtime would have been an important part of their day. This is the dining room where “The Order of Good Cheer”, established by Champlain, entertained important members of the colony with a banquet of food and entertainment.
Port Royal Habitation
The sleeping quarters look comfy (for the 1660’s!). It seems they valued a bit of privacy when sleeping. Back in the day when I stayed in dorm-style hostels, I don’t remember having this much privacy in any sleeping dorm!
Be sure to climb the stairs to the roof of the habitation. The views of the Annapolis Basin are worth the short climb and you’ll see the guns used to protect the settlement against attack (usually, pesky Englishman 🙂 )
After visiting the compound head towards the basin to enjoy the views. You’ll pass this bust of Samuel de Champlain.
In 1607 De Mons’ fur trading monopoly was revoked, and the settlers returned to France. Jean de Poutrincourt returned to Port-Royal in 1610, but the settlement never returned to the prosperity of it’s earlier days. In 1613 the habitation was looted and burned by an English expedition from Virginia. The Habitation was rebuilt by Parks Canada beginning in 1939, and it’s official grand opening on July 4, 1941. (I’m surprised the opening wasn’t on July 1st, Canada Day.)
Months of Operation
May 18 – October 6
Hours Of Operation
May 18 – June 16: Tuesday – Saturday: 9am – 5:30pm
June 19 – September 8: 9 am – 5:30pm
September 11 – October 6: Tuesday – Saturday: 9am – 5:30pm
53 Historic Lane, Port Royal, Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley
– Adult (17-64) $ 3.90
– Senior (65+) $ 3.40
– Youth (6-16) $ 1.90
– Family/Group (up to seven individuals, max two adults) $ 9.80
– Commercial Group, per person $ 3.40
– School Groups (elementary & secondary), per student $ 1.90
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