Acadian Kitchen Party – Tuesday August 7, 2012

Join us in the Historic Gardens on Tuesday August 7, 5pm-8pm, for a toe tapping time at our Acadian Kitchen Party!

Acadian band Unisson will treat us to an evening of great music, along with fiddler Daniel LeBlanc and guitarist Charles Robicheau from Le Grand Dérangement. You won’t be able to sit still! Check out Unisson’s My Space page for a sample of their music!

Add great food with an Acadian flair and some of Nova Scotia’s finest wines, beer and juices… and well, we’ve got a great party in the making! All we need is YOU!

Tickets are $20, and include admission, entertainment and food. Cash Bar.

Please note: due to NS Liquor Regulations, this event is open for adults 19 and over.

Buy Your Tickets Now!


Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour – July 7, 2012

Join us in historic Annapolis Royal as the community showcases some of its unique gardens and houses in a special Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour on Saturday, July 7, 2012.

The event will include a visit to 5 private properties where residents have made use of unique designs and materials to create wonderful gardens and landscapes.  In addition, some of the featured properties are inviting guests to tour parts of their unique homes. The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens will be a centerpiece of the tour, in prime rose season, with the Horticulturist on hand to provide a guided tour.

Start your weekend experience in Annapolis Royal with “Wine & Roses”, Friday, July 6, 7-9pm, a unique opportunity to explore the Historic Gardens with a glass of wine in hand! Add a visit to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning, stroll through the waterfront shopping district, hike along the French Basin Trail, and experience our attractions and museums.

In Annapolis Royal we are proud of our heritage buildings and for the history held within their walls.  We are equally proud to share our gardens and homes, and the stories that they tell.

We hope that you will join us for this unique event.

House & Garden Tour Tickets are $25. (Historic Gardens members can buy at a reduced rate of $20).

Tickets for Wine & Roses are $15. Members and House & Garden Tour Participants can purchase Wine & Roses Tickets at a reduced rate of $10.

Tickets may be purchased via our Online Store or by calling (902) 532-7018.

For  further information, call 902-532-7018, contact us by email, or visit


Historic Gardens Publishes Rose List 2012



  • That the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens’ Rose Collection has more than 270 cultivars? WOW!
  • That the Historic Gardens boasts one of the largest Rose Collections in Canada? WOW!
  • That currently, at the end of June 2012, they are at their peak – a feast for the senses and a shutterbug’s paradise? WOW!

Historic Gardens 2012 Rose List…  DOWNLOAD HERE.

Visit Soon!

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Heritage in Unusual Places – June 8-10

Explore historic Annapolis Royal this weekend, June 8-10 2012, during “Heritage in Unusual Places”.

A great selection of events and activities celebrate community and heritage, and we welcome you to join us!

Download Schedule here!

Annapolis Royal becomes a GHOST TOWN!

Annapolis Royal becomes a GHOST TOWN!

While it is not normally a title to brag about, the Town ofAnnapolis Royalwill proudly call itself a GHOST TOWN this October!

From October 21 to November 1, Annapolis Royalwill take on ghostly aura as the spirits of the past take over the Town for a Halloween-inspired festival. There will be a spook-tacular array of activities including a Haunted House at the Sinclair Inn Museum, A Skeleton Revealed at Fort Anne, and Ghostly Gardens After Dark at the Historic Gardens. Goblets & Goblins, on October 28, promises a bewitching evening of wine & scotch in the hauntingly boo-tiful Historic Gardens. Alan Melanson will lead his renowned Candlelight Graveyard Tours, and there will be a special launch of Wayne Kerr’s book about theGarrisonCemetery.

Add to that some great Halloween parties, a Haunted Seek & Find, Ghostly Geo-Caches, and some ghoulish sales and specials byAnnapolis Royal’s businesses… and you are sure to have a grand time when you visit… if you dare!

For further information, and the very latest schedule of events, visit or call 532-7018.


Welcome Wharf Rat Rally – August 31 – Sept 5

It is time to haul out the leather and rev up the engine for another edition of Digby’s famous Wharf Rat Rally.  This event has quickly grown to become an important part of the local tourist season and Annapolis Royal is ready to welcome the Wharf Rats to town.  As in previous years, some of the local businesses and attractions have planned events to compliment the large gathering in Digby.

If you are looking for a chance to ride, there will be a couple of opportunities to experience our region.  The Annapolis Royal to Bridgetown Rat Run is a self guided tour that takes riders through some of the prettiest countryside in Nova Scotia.  The Rat Run works as a treasure hunt where riders search through participating locations to find the Roger Rat logo.   Participating locations include Bainton’s Tannery, Ye Olde Towne Pub, End of the Line Pub, the O’Dell House Museum, HistoricGardens, FortAnne, The Leather Barn and more.  For those looking for a guided tour, on Saturday and Sunday a group will leave Digby and travel to various destinations around Annapolis Royal.  Registration for this tour takes place at the  2 Canadian Army Veterans motorcycle club (2CAV) Booth, shared with the 74th Crusaders motorcycle club which is Located Across from The Wharf Rat Rally headquarters.

Annapolis Royal also offers Wharf Rats the greatest photo opp ever! At the Historic Gardens you and your bike will have the chance to go “Hawg Wild in the Gardens”.  Imagine rumbling in to get your photograph taken among the flowers.  For the ‘You & Your Bike” photo opp, here are two options: Self Serve & Full Service. Self Serve allows you to bring your motorcycle into the Gardens and take your own photos, while Full Service provides VIP treatment with preferred locations and a photographer to accompany you. It’s a terrific and unique opportunity in one of Nova Scotia’s treasures.

If you are looking for some all ages fun there will be a Cow Patty Bingo at the Legion. At 2pm on September 3 the cow will be let loose in the field behind the Legion.  When the cow lets loose (the cow patty) a winner will be declared.  For those who like their vehicles with three wheels and without motors, Kings Theatre will be showing the Smurfs on Friday night at 7:00pm and again on Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm.

Check out our Annapolis Royal Welcomes Wharf Rats Schedule of Events!

And then be sure to visit the official Wharf Rat Rally Website for information on all the great activities!

Calling all Shutterbugs!


Calling All Shutterbugs!

Folks at the Historic Gardens are inviting any and all photographers to submit their favourite photos of the Historic Gardens to the 6th Annual Photography Contest and Exhibit to provide the public with a chance to showcase their love for the Gardens.


The exhibit is open to anyone who wishes to show off their artwork and skills, while the contest is open only to amateur photographers. There are various categories, including specimens, views, people, etc and there is a special Junior Shutterbug category as well. Staff at the Gardens are very excited to be receiving entries already – all photographs must be dropped off at the Gardens Office by Tuesday, August 9th 2011. Judging will take place Friday, August 12th, and the exhibit will be on display from August 12-21.


Whether you are inspired by the roses, lilies, or the Acadian House, grab a camera and start taking pictures so others can see the Gardens’ beauty through your eyes. ! As Nova Scotians celebrate the 30th Birthday of the Historic Gardens, opened in August 1981, there are expectations that this year’s photo exhibit will be extra special!


Download Rules & Entry Form HERE!

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