Annapolis Royal, only 30 kilometers from the Digby hostel, can be reached by the local Kings Transit bus. Because of it's tactical location on the Annapolis River this area was one of the most disputed areas between the English and the French. No wonder it has such a rich historical and cultural heritage. This village is a true 'must-see' destination as the original capital of Nova Scotia and the oldest permanent European settlement in Canada.

Things to do:

  • Visit the famous farmers market on Saturday mornings (half May through to October) and Wednesday afternoons (during the summer months)
  • Enjoy the arts shops, little restaurants and cafe's and natural foods store
  • Visit National Historic Site Fort Anne
  • Visit National Historic Site Port Royal about 15km outside of Annapolis Royal
  • Stroll around the beautiful Historic Gardens. It is for good reason these gardens have been named "One of the Top Five Gardens in North America worth traveling for" in 2012!
  • Visit some of Annapolis Royal's fascinating and intriguing museums, like the O'Dell House Museum (discover its link to the pony express!)
  • When visiting Annapolis Royal, make some time to take a tour with "Tour Annapolis Royal". These award-winning tours are sure to be the highlight of your day. All tours are under $10 and worth every penny.

There is also a great little pub to enjoy a lunch or dinner: "Ye Olde Town Pub" offers great meals and a great atmosphere for a very reasonable price. You can find this great little spot right in town at the market square.
For more information about Annapolis Royal and its many places to eat, art shops, and calendar of events visit

Some interesting facts:

  • Annapolis Royal is the oldest permanent European Settlement in Canada, founded in 1605
  • This little town was the first capital of Nova Scotia
  • It was named "Worlds most liveable small community" in 2004
  • Annapolis Royal also won a 'Communities in Bloom' Award in 2008
  • Fort Anne in downtown Annapolis Royal is Canada's oldest National Historic Site
  • With approximately 500 inhabitants Annapolis Royal is Nova Scotia's smallest incorporated town
  • In 2005 Annapolis Royal was named one of five Cultural Capitals of Canada
  • Annapolis Royal's downtown counts a whopping 131 National Historic properties, winning it the status of one of the largest National Historic Districts in Canada!