Annapolsi Royal has become a GHOST TOWN!


The teeny tiny town of Annapolis Royal has become a GHOST TOWN, temporarily at least. The annual GHOST TOWN festival was launched October 18 with the opening of the Sinclair Inn Museum Haunted House, Hidden Hauntings at the O’Dell House Museum, and Ghostly Gardens at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens.


Volunteers, businesses and organizations have been busily creating awesome decorations and special effects to beguile you as you visit our fair town. During the day, every day, you can explore the Ghostly Gardens, O’Dell House Museum, ArtsPlace and all the wonderful shops and Cafes. On October 25/26 the “after dark” events take centre stage, 6:30pm-9:30pm.




Check out the full schedule at



Calling All Shutterbugs!


The time is upon us to start collecting our best photos for the 2013 Annapolis Royal Photo Contest & Exhibit.

  • Got some great shots of people enjoying Natal Day? If not, make sure you take your camera everywhere with you this year!
  • Got some great photos in the Historic Gardens? Well, c’mon down and get some more!
  • Got some other cool shots from around Annapolis Royal? I bet there are more special scenes awaiting you and your camera!

So… grab that camera and get out there. Shoot, shoot, shoot and then select your best and submit them for our annual Photo Contest. There are various competitive categories, and we accept non-competitive entries as well for exhibit.

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday August 7, 2013.

Download Rules/Guidelines and Entry Form HERE.


Ride on in to Annapolis Royal during Wharf Rat Rally 2012

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 the area.

If you are looking for a chance to ride, there will be a couple of opportunities to experience our region.  For those looking for a guided tour, on Saturday and Sunday a group will leave Digby and travel to various destinations around Annapolis Royal.

As a unique highlight, Annapolis Royal offers Wharf Rats the greatest photo op 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, there 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! Get the details HERE.

While you are in Annapolis Royal, take some time to stroll the waterfront shopping district and to visit our many attractions and museums. Be sure to check out the Annapolis Royal Photo Exhibit at the Historic Gardens and the O’Dell House Museum all weekend long. On Saturday morning, don’t miss the Farmer’s & Trader’s Market – the largest outdoor market in Nova Scotia! Also on Saturday, outside the Sinclair Inn Museum, stop by to see Ken “Hewing to the Line” – watch this novice timber framer “square up” a beam from a log, and try your hand at wielding a broad axe or adze.

Join us in Annapolis Royal this weekend!

Annapolis Royal Photo Contest & Exhibit – Until September 3!

For several years, the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens has hosted an annual Photo Contest & Exhibit, encouraging visitors to share their best photos of the Gardens. This year, staff at the Gardens joined forces with the Annapolis Heritage Society and created an expanded contest, broadening the scope to include photos of heritage and the community as well. The results were very positive, with more than 100 photographs of the Gardens and the Town being entered. These photos are on display in the Historic Gardens Interpretive Centre (garden shots) and at the O’Dell House Museum (heritage & community shots). In addition to the contest entries, there are a number of exhibit-only entries, including many by staff members of the two organizations.

Photographs were judged by a visiting professional who generously gave of his time and expertise while he was in the area! Winners of the 14 categories were Beverley Hudson (4), Terry Murphy (4), Grant Lohnes (2), Jane DeWolfe (1), Matt Dill (1), Keith Doucet (1) and Cameron Wagner (1). The Grand Prize Winners in each division were Beverley Hudson (Historic Gardens division) and Terry Murphy (Annapolis Heritage Society divison).

Full Winners List.

People’s Choice voting is currently open for each division and will be awarded at the end of the Exhibit period.

Also of interest, at the O’Dell House Museum, is a display dedicated to “Project 365”, an effort by three local photographers in 2011 to take and share a community photo every single day of the year!

The Annapolis Royal Photo Exhibit is open at the Historic Gardens and the O’Dell House Museum until September 3. Have a look at your community through the eyes of more than a dozen photographers, and be sure to place your votes for People’s Choice awards in each division!

2012 Photo Contest – Calling All Shutterbugs!

The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens is having its 7th annual Photography Contest & Exhibit in celebration of these wonderful Gardens. And this year, we are joined by the Annapolis Heritage Society in our efforts. Together, we will have a photo contest and exhibit that showcases the Gardens AND the Town of Annapolis Royal.

·    The contest is open to all amateur photographers.
·    The exhibit is open to all photographers, amateur and professional, who would just like to put their photos on display.

Entry of Photos:    Must be received by Wed, August 15 at the Gardens office.

Judging:         To take place Friday, August 17.

Exhibit:         From Saturday, August 18 to Monday, September 3

Entry Categories

Historic Gardens Division – Garden Photos
Photos must be taken in the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens


1.    Specimen photo of a rose
2.    Specimen photo of a lily
3.    Any other specimen photo
4.    Overall scenes/views of the Gardens
5.    Photos of people enjoying the Gardens
6.    Children’s category:  photograph by a young person (12 or younger)
7.    Black & White
8.    Garden Critters

Annapolis Heritage Society Division – Heritage & Community Photos
Photos must be taken in the Town of Annapolis Royal.


1.    Windows & Doors
2.    Landscape
3.    Heritage in the Community / Community Events
4.    The Shoreline
5.    Buildings of Annapolis Royal
6.    Children’s category:  photograph by a young person (12 or younger)
7.    Black & White

All photo entries must be delivered to the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens on or before August 15.

Photos will be displayed August 18 – September 3
in the Gardens Interpretive Centre and the O’Dell House Museum.

DOWNLOAD Entry Information and Entry Form HERE.
Further Information:
532-7018 or

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!

Celebrating our Heritage: Feb 17-20



ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NOVA SCOTIA, February 9, 2012 – Parks Canada is proud to work with the Historical Association of Annapolis Royal, the Annapolis Heritage Society and the Historic Gardens to celebrate Heritage Day in Annapolis Royal with a “Heritage Weekend” from February 17th to 20th.

The Heritage Canada Foundation theme for this year’s heritage day is the Heritage of Power Generation.  The 2012 Heritage Day theme celebrates the past, but also looks forward as the world’s attention turns to energy-use reduction and new sources of green energy.

Activities planned in Annapolis Royal over the weekend to highlight the heritage of power generation, include:

Friday February 17th:  At the Annapolis Royal Fire Hall, the 2012 Queen Annapolis Royal fund raising dinner celebrates Heritage Days. Alan Melanson will provide the Heritage perspective, and Linda Bailey will be the keynote speaker.

Saturday February 18th: At the Historic Gardens, winter home of the Annapolis Royal Farmers’ and Traders’ Market check out the fresh local goods 9am-12noon. From 10-12, enjoy some traditional forms of energy at the bonfire & marshmallow roast and try your hand at blacksmithing with Brad Hall… and meet Alan Melanson at the Acadian House.  From 1p.m. until 4p.m. there will be family snowshoeing (conditions permitting) and hot chocolate for all. For details, follow this link…

Sunday February 19th: 2:30 p.m. at the Annapolis Royal Library: The Triumphs and Trials of writing for Children with Joyce Grant-Smith.

HERITAGE DAY – Monday February 20th

 Fort Anne National Historic Site:  11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.:  At the Fort Anne Officers’ Quarters visitors can take in a behind-the-scenes look at the Fort Anne Library and the curatorial collection to learn about how these valuable documents, scrapbooks and artifacts are stored, catalogued, and cared for.  The Fort Anne Officer’s Quarters, in its early years, was a repository of community history thanks to many community residents who donated items that have been added to the collection.  Experts, namely a conservator and librarian, will be on hand to share their knowledge.

Tidal Power Generating Station 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.: An opportunity to learn behind the scenes about the science and technology of this unique Energy generating system

Town of Annapolis Royal Town Hall 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.: Open house and Heritage Building awards presentation.

 Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP) 10:00 to 3:00 at the Old Train Station in Annapolis Royal:  An open house featuring energy efficiency in a heritage setting. There will be energy efficient light bulbs (CFLs) and other energy saving products to give away. CARP staff will greet guests and discuss energy saving techniques.

O’Dell House Museum:  Launch of the causeway construction archival photo display from the 1960’s — on display for two weeks.

All sorts of things to experience this weekend in Annapolis Royal. Join us!

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