Experience Nova Scotia’s history, sites open to public visit!

Nova Scotia is proud of its heritage. With many historical sites the province is home to five UNESCO sites. There are many historic churches, fortresses, and museums worth seeing throughout the province, they are all open to the public. Below are a few historically significant sites worth your time!

Citadel Hill – Located in downtown Halifax, Citadel hill the perfect view of the Halifax Harbour. Built strategically on a hill and designed in the shape of a star, its main purpose was to protect the city. Going back to 1749, Citadel Hill was chosen as the cities fortress, being the naval station for the British. Today you can tour the fort and get a glimpse into what the soldier’s lives resembled.  

St. Johns Anglican Church – The second oldest English origin church in Canada is located in the town of Lunenburg. It’s  the second Anglican Church built in Nova Scotia, it held its original form for over 80 years. The church was first built as a two storey meeting-house. As parts were added to the church it grew to have carpenter gothic characteristics, the style was then reflected in the nearby homes. In 2001, the Church suffered damages from a fire; four years were spent on its restoration. Today, the church remains open offering services, and tours for visitors.

Fort Anne National Historic Site- In 1917, Fort Anne of Annapolis valley became Canada’s first National Historic Site. Originally, it was built as one of the four French military fortresses built by Charles de Menou d’Aulnay. Fort Anne served of great importance during the time period that the French and British fought over Acadia. You can now visit St. Anne and have the opportunity for tours, and to try on costumes and uniforms that resemble those of that time period.

Fortress of Louisburg – This fortress was built in 1713 in the beautiful Cape Breton Island, built by the French for protection against the British. The Fortress later became the main centre for trade and fishing on the island. Over time, archeologist began to reconstruct the destroyed fortress and it’s now open for visitors. There are currently three 18th century restaurants on site as well as many shows put on for visitor entertainment.

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