The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia


Founded in 1919 as an association of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal is a recognized leader in Canada in the preservation and presentation of heritage. Operated by a volunteer Board of Directors, the organization was presented the prestigious Parks Canada Heritage Award in 1996 by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien as one of the Top Ten Organizations in Canada for the Preservation and Presentation of History.


The area's rich cultural mosaic is brought to life through The Historical Association's award-winning guided tour program. The Candlelight Graveyard Tours, National Historic District Tours and Acadian Heritage Tours won the first place "Hometown Pride Event of the Year" title from Nova Scotia Tourism's Festivals and Events Council in 2005. The Acadian/Mi'kmaq Tour was featured in 2014 on CBC-TV's popular "Land and Sea" program and in episodes shot by Rediscovering Canada TV.

The Association also publishes the "Stroll Through the Centuries" Walking Tour Brochure for visitors who prefer to explore at their own pace. Visitors can also walk along the streets of Annapolis Royal in the "Strolling Through the Centuries in Annapolis Royal" Community Memories Virtual Exhibit.


The Annapolis Royal Lighthouse, owned and operated by The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal, was built in 1889 and needs significant structural work in order to preserve it. The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal entered it in the THIS LIGHTHOUSE MATTERS CONTEST in 2015 in hopes of winning the funding needed for repairs. We were in competition with 26 other lighthouses, and with 27,048 votes WE WON 1ST PLACE AND $40,000 towards our preservation efforts. Thank you to everyone who voted to help save this important Canadian treasure! Click on the link below to see a video about the historic Annapolis Royyal Lighthouse and on the "Please Help Us" poster below the video to learn more about our lighthouse and others throughout Nova Scotia.

Through the years The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal has published numerous books. We are proud to announce the release of our latest book A History of Annapolis Royal 1749 - 2005, A Town with a Memory, by Barry Moody. This book, a perfect companion to our A History of Port-Royal/Annapolis Royal 1605 � 1800 by Brenda Dunn, completes the major contribution of The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal to the commemoration of 400 years of European settlement in the area. Both of these books were co-published by Nimbus Publications.

Heritage buildings are appropriately recognized and preserved for future generations through The Historical Association's ongoing plaquing program. With over 135 registered heritage properties, Annapolis Royal is one of the largest National Historic Districts in Canada. The Historical Association also owns and maintains the Town's historic lighthouse. The Historical Association is proud to share Sketches by Ross MacIntosh of some of these magnificent Heritage Properties.

We realize today's youth hold the key to success of tomorrow's world heritage preservation movement. Private tours for school groups are offered and encouraged. The Historical Association is also proud to present an annual college scholarship to a deserving high school graduate. Other fun-filled learning activities for children with international recognition are provided through The Historical Association's A Colourful History of Annapolis Royal colouring book program.

Other heritage projects include occasional sponsorship of historical productions at Kings Theatre and contributions to various worthy heritage causes such as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's purchase of the magnificent watercolours of Annapolis Royal painted in 1775 by Lt. Richard Williams.


Stroll Through the Centuries

Dinner at the Habitation Video

CLICK PHOTO for 2016
Interactive Visitors Guide
or download a PDF copy here.

Meet You in Annapolis Royal
(Video 1) Special Five Part series
by Dr. Christopher Cooper of
"Rediscovering Canada" TV

Meet You in Annapolis Royal
(Video 5) Rediscovering Canada TV

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