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Explore Eastern Canada’s Historical Sites & Landmarks

In a destination so immersed in heritage and culture, it’s not hard to believe that there are about 100 national historic sites and landmarks just between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick alone. If you don’t have time to see them all, here are a few not to miss. Situated along the Saint John’s River, Kings Landing takes you back to the 19th century for a hands-on glimpse into Canada’s past. Enjoy horseback riding, tours, and a play park from the Victorian era.  Over in Nova Scotia, visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, which commemorates the inventor of the telephone, among other things, where visitors can explore artifacts, films and photos of the renowned creator. Get a first-hand tour of The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, and walk through the old star-shaped fortress to explore a piece of Halifax’s military history. The historic fishing port of Mahone Bay in Nova Scotia’s south shore features three waterfront churches and a Settler's Museum, which offers picture perfect views. There’s shopping and dining along the main street, as well as waterfront recreation.

Kings Landing Historical Settlement

Relive the past in the small settlement of Prince William along the Saint John River in New Brunswick. Plan for a day of fun at the Kings Landing Historical Settlement. This 19th century outdoor Living History Museum is filled with a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and entertainment. Grab a village map and set out for a day of family fun. Kids love seeing the sheep, horses, chickens and pigs at the farm.

Watching the animals contribute their efforts on the farm from the dog-powered butter churn to the horse-powered saw, is always entertaining. Enjoy a wagon ride, kick up your heels in a barn dance or savour an authentic meal. 

Time your visit to the settlement to attend the Thanksgiving Festival, the Rattle on the Stove Pipe Music Festival, or one of the other special events held throughout the year. Enjoy Kings Landing with a short drive in from Fredericton.

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Covering 10 hectares on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is a Parks Canada site found in the city of Baddeck. A treasure of Atlantic Canada with excellent views of the Bras d'Or Lakes and the Beinn Bhreagh Bell estate from the roof-top deck

This National Historic Site of Canada features the actual artifacts once owned by Bell in the Alexander Graham Bell Museum – including boats, kites, and planes used in Bell’s experiments. The site is also found along the Cabot Trail, which offers recreational activities like hiking, kayaking, and whale watching on Cape Breton Island.

Citadel Hill National Historic Site

First established during Father Le Loutre’s War in 1749, Citadel Hill is a National Historic Site of Canada located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Fort George sits at the summit of Citadel Hill and defended the Atlantic Canada town, and the important Halifax Harbour Royal Navy Dockyard, from various enemies.

Today, Citadel Hill serves as a living history museum, giving visitors a first-hand look at life in 1869, through reenactments, exhibits, educational programs, and films. An enduring tradition, the Noon Gun firing demonstration takes place daily, along with the changing of the guards and bagpipes playing.

Mahone Bay 

Set in Lunenburg County, Mahone Bay is a historic town located on Nova Scotia’s South Shore in eastern Atlantic Canada, just 20 minutes northeast of Bridgewater. Established in the 1700s – and known as “A Treasure Since 1754” – Mahone Bay features plenty to see and do.

Also set on the northwest shore of Mahone Bay, the town features the Settler's Museum, plus three historic churches: St James' Anglican, St John's Evangelical Lutheran, and Trinity United. Mahone Bay visitors may shop and eat along Main Street, or try sailing, kayaking, cycling, and golfing.