Activities 2018-09-25T08:38:45+00:00

Heritage Display

Join Michael Robertson, Jodrey Chair in Physics, Acadia University, to demonstrate a technique that he and his honours student developed to read faded documents, and photograph them:

By using ultraviolet and infrared luminescence, to make visible text that has faded from historical documents to the point where it was not visible to the naked eye.

Parks Canada will be on hand displaying artifacts and documents related to the Historic Sites in the area that have been seldom seen by the public, as well as hosting Dr. Micheal Roberston, Jodrey Chair in Physics at Acadia University, and his student Anika Vetter, who will be displaying and discussing  their method for rendering text visible on old documents who’s inks have faded, using a variety of lighting techniques.

Port of Origins project

A film with the working title ‘Port of Origins’ is currently under development by Breakwater Studios of Halifax, with support from the Town of Annapolis Royal, the Ministry of Community, Culture & Heritage and others. Intended as a 66-minute documentary for television broadcast, the film will document in narrative depictions the early origins of Canada in and around the town of Annapolis Royal – where global empires struggled for control of the North American continent.

Breakwater Studios is an award-winning team of documentary filmmakers with a rich history of telling humanistic stories in a cinematic way.


An interactive web map, a joint project of & Parks Canada, illuminates stories of the 234 grave markers still exisiting at Fort Anne National Historic Sites’ GARRISON GRAVEYARD, 1710-1940.

Meet & Greet Reception

Taste of Digby Scallops
At the Nova Scotia Heritage Conference

Wednesday Sept. 26th
Meet & Greet Reception 6 pm
Location: Annapolis Royal Historical Gardens

Finger foods for the Meet & Greet will be provided by Chef Kevin Wagner, registered nutritional consulting practitioner (RNCP) and owner of Eating With Wisdom – Nutritional Consulting & Personal Chef Services. Chef Kevin has become well-known throughout his career in Southwestern Nova Scotia for his exemplary foodservice and a fastidious attention to detail, a repertoire that has now evolved to include holistic nutritional coaching and lifestyle management for those seeking optimum health

Special Presentation

The Annapolis Heritage Society and the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council invites you to join them for a special presentation following the Meet and Greet on September 26th…..

Historical Street: “I walked . . . years back. / Not in my mind / but there. The pavement shook / another street loose.”
-Rosemary Sullivan, “Double Take” (1991)

O’Dell House Museum

Located on the Annapolis Royal waterfront in a circa 1869 stagecoach inn and tavern, the O’dell House Museum is the former home of Nova Scotia Pony Express rider Corey O’Dell and his family.

The ground floor of this period Victorian structure allows you to step back in time and explore the inn’s parlour, dinning room, kitchen and small office. The second floor houses our Genealogy Centre, special exhibits, and interpretive displays chronicling the history of the Annapolis Royal area.

Sinclair Inn Painted Room

The Sinclair Inn Museum is one of the few examples of French regime Acadian construction in existence today. The museum comprises two buildings: the Soullard House (1710) built by silversmith, Jean Baptiste Soullard and Skene House (1712) built by Garrison Surgeon, William Skene.

It was Frederick Sinclair who joined the houses together about 1781, thereby creating the Sinclair Inn. The building, which served as the home of the first Masonic Lodge in Canada in 1738, operated for most of its history as an inn and tavern. In 1995 the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada designated the Sinclair Inn as a National Historic Site.

Painted Room at the Sinclair Inn Museum –  In the 1960s, water damage from a failed roof revealed, in an upstairs room, walls covered with painted images dating to the 1840s. In the summer of 2016, a major effort by the Annapolis Heritage Society led to the expert removal of the wallpaper, revealing the stunning images for the first time in more than 125 years. Enjoy these captivating murals and the Painted Room documentary.

Garrison Graveyard Tour

If you enjoy unique experiences and want to find out more about “images of the past etched in stone” don’t miss the chance to tour the Oldest English Graveyard in Canada by candlelight. The tour will be offered each evening of the conference by The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal at 9:30pm for a Special Conference Rate of $8.00 per person.

Walking Tour of Annapolis Royal with Alan Melanson

The Annapolis Royal area has gained a reputation as a vibrant centre for cultural activity, and over the years it has become a magnet for visual artists, craftspeople, performers and writers. View the many well-preserved heritage buildings that make up one of the loveliest streetscapes in the country.

Golf Tournament

Founder’s House and the Fort View Golf course are offering conference delegates the opportunity to play a round of golf followed by lunch for $50.00 per player. Please contact the clubhouse directly for more information at 902 830 3114.

Andrew Tolson

Andrew Tolson has worked as a photographer, videographer and producer for numerous media outlets. He was Director of Photography at Maclean’s Magazine from 2003 to 2015, after which he created the in-house Rogers Media video unit. Under his editorship, this multi award-winning team of videographers, editors and motion designers produced content for a variety of Rogers brands. Documenting the restoration of heritage buildings and examining the role of history in modern culture has been an ongoing passion. After twenty years in Toronto, Tolson now makes his home in Annapolis Royal. Visit his website at: