Charles Fort National Historic Site

Parks Canada

Record #: MCA0254
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2017
Last Full Update: 08 Mar 2016


Located In Annapolis Royal
Where To Find Us
Related exhibit in the Fort Anne Officers' Quarters
323 St. George St
Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0
Areas Served Nova Scotia


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Phone (June 1 - September 30): 
(October 1 - May 31): 
Contact Paul Paquette, Interpretation Officer Coordinator, Parks Canada Agency; Phone: 902-532-2397 * 902-286-3605; Fax: 902-532-2232; Email:
Mailing Address c/o Charles Fort National Historic Site 
PO Box 9 
Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0
Fax 902-532-2232

Description & Services

Information This National Historic Site of Canada is a small monument located within the Fort Anne National Historic Site of Canada, Annapolis Royal. 
Plaque Text: 
"Charles Fort 
A group of about 70 Scottish settlers began a colony here in 1629, eight years after King James I granted 'Nova Scotia' to Sir William Alexander. Led by Alexander's son, the Scots built a small fort, the remains of which lie beneath Fort Anne. Despite many deaths during the first winter, the surviving colonists thrived on agriculture, fishing, and trade with the Mi'kmaq. Most returned to Great Britain in 1632 after France reacquired the region by treaty. Although the colonization attempt was short-lived, the province of Nova Scotia owes its name, flag, and coat of arms to this early Scottish settlement.

From Highway 101, take Exit 22 and continue north on Route 8.  
Please visit the website noted above for further information.
Hours 2016 Season:  
Jun 1 - Jun 20:  
Tue - Sat: 9:00am - 5:30pm  
Sun & Mon: closed  
Jun 21 - Sep 3:  
9:00am - 5:30pm daily  
Sep 4 - Sep 30:  
Tue - Sat: 9:00am - 5:30pm  
Sun - Mon: closed  
Grounds open year-round
Dates The grounds are accessible all year, but there is no winter maintenance on the pathway.
Accessibility The path around the site is accessible to those with mobility limitations and the Officers' Quarters exhibits are accessible.