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Save the Date – July 6, 2019


The Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour date has been set, so mark it in your calendars now – Saturday, July 6, 2019. In fact, plan to spend the weekend!

The theme of this year’s tour will be Innovation and Transformation, with feature properties in Annapolis Royal and Granville Ferry ranging from heritage restoration, to modern construction, to heritage properties that have been transformed to give them a new life and purpose. We don’t want to give away too much at this point… we will announce more about our feature properties in the spring.

Book a room locally soon so that you can enjoy the House & Garden Tour as well as the iconic “Wine & Roses” event the evening before and some of our Sunday Series of activities on the day after the House & Garden Tour.

July 5-7 is the perfect weekend for an Annapolis Royal getaway weekend.

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House & Garden Tour – Sneak Preview!

I had the opportunity to have an advance tour of the 2018 feature properties of the July 7 Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour. Wow! What a great selection, and such enthusiastic homeowners as well. Add to that a host of welcoming volunteer docents and the day promises to be a wonderful experience.

The properties vary from “urban” (if there can be such a thing in wee Annapolis Royal) to “rural” which of course can include many area gardens. With this diversity, this year’s event has been subtitled “Town & Country”. It will  be a City Mouse, Country Mouse type of experience, showcasing the best of both worlds.

Here is a slideshow, with a few photos from my travels…

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The feature properties are open from 10am-4pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, 441 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal or by calling 902-532-7018.

For further information, use the menu navigation at the top of this page.

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Wine & Roses – Rain or Shine!

Join us Friday evening for Wine & Roses, where you can enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres in the most beautiful of surroundings while chatting with friends and enjoying the music of Noelle Lucas.


The weather forecast is looking a bit dodgy, but we are hoping for the best. If it decides to rain on our parade we will move food and wine service to the Cafe and Interpretive Centre. Bring an umbrella so you can stroll the Gardens comfortably in either case.

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Oh yes, and something new this year in addition to great local wine and tasty treats from the Elm Tree Cafe… we will have local hard cider as well by Casanova.

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If you did not buy your ticket in advance, don’t fret – we will have tickets available at the door. Or give us a call at 902-532-7018 to pre-purchase.

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2018 Feature Properties Announced!

We are pleased to announce the selection of properties to be featured on the 2018 Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour. We have a mix of styles and settings, as well as a few surprises along your journey.

Please read more on our Feature Property page.

And here, to tantalize, are some random shots from the 2018 Feature Properties, as submitted by the homeowners.

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Date announced for 2018 House & Garden Tour

We invite you to join us July 6-8, 2018 as we Walk in the Footsteps of the Past during House & Garden Tour Weekend in Annapolis Royal.

Friday evening’s Wine & Roses provides a great start to the weekend experience, followed by a walk downtown and a Candlelight Graveyard Tour. The Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour, our hallmark event, will fill your Saturday with visits to some of the wonderful properties in Annapolis Royal and surrounding area! And our Sunday series includes a bouquet of “day after” activities to allow you to explore various aspects of this wonderful community. Take a closer look by following the links below!

Friday, July 6, 5-7pmWine & Roses

Saturday, July 7, 10am-4pmAnnapolis Royal House & Garden Tour

Sunday, July 8, 9am-5pm – Sunday Series

Please explore this site to get a taste of the experiences being offered, and plan your weekend in Annapolis Royal now! 

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Weather Update – We’re GOOD!

Have no fear, we are full steam ahead for the Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour today. Aside from the possibility of a shower or two, it is a nice day and will improve even more. In fact, we are supposed to see MR Sunshine soon!

So please join us for the day. Tickets may be purchased at the Historic Gardens!

More info:

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Sneak Preview – Part 2

This is a sequel to my first post, Sneak Preview – Part 1.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit more of the properties that will be featured on Saturday’s House & Garden Tour (July 8 – link HERE)

As I poked around and chatted with the owners, I came away very excited about the upcoming tour. The various architectural features, and garden features, are just so interesting. Add to that the opportunity for a take-away… a piece of one of these heritage buildings for your very own. And add to ALL that some great “random acts of theatre” compliments of the Annapolis District Drama Group’s cast from The Railway Children, and you can understand why I am so excited.

Here are some photos of that journey…

It’s going to be a great day – hope you can make it. Just hit the “Buy Tickets Online” button on the right hand side of this page to buy online. Or give us a call at 902-532-7018.  Order by end of day July 6 and save!

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Sneak Preview – Part 1

In preparation for our upcoming Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour (July 8, 2017), I have toured several of the feature properties – a sneak preview. All I can say is… Wow! I learned so much that I had never known about these properties (and since I am FROM Annapolis Royal, I had considered myself reasonably knowledgeable about the local houses… lesson learned.) And I also very much enjoyed the glimpse into the interests and hobbies of the current owners, very evident in what they have done with their properties.

Some high points to watch for when you come:

  • a collection of needlework which graces the walls of one home, stitched by the owner. Gorgeous work!
  • some very cool pieces of furniture – some antique, some custom built
  • the various light fixtures and chandeliers were a highlight throughout
  • very unique tilework around some of the old fireplaces
  • garden statuary adds so much character
  • every bit of decor had a purpose and a story for the owners
  • check out the the woodwork – floors, railings, mantles
  • gardens that demonstrate how to battle the urban deer issue, and win!

I will share some random photos with you, to give you just a glimpse of the offering for Saturday’s event. Then I invite you to make plans to head to Annapolis Royal this weekend. Stayed tuned for “Sneak Preview – Part 2” to be released in another day or so. For more information, visit the main House & Garden Tour Page.

So, here we go…

For more information, visit the main House & Garden Tour Page.  To buy your tickets now, hit the “Buy Tickets Now” button on the right hand side of this page. Advance sale price is good through Thursday – full price after that.



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Sneak Preview – My Favourite Room

I had the pleasure of sneaking a peek inside several of the properties being featured on this year’s House & Garden Tour. Wow! There are a lot of really interesting architectural features… special furniture, art, needlework… and lovely gardens as well. I will share more in a future post, but for this post I just want to tell you about My Favourite Room.

This room is small, on an upper floor. Just big enough for a rocker, a small table, a perhaps a cat curled up on the floor. The late afternoon sun was shining through lacy curtains, casting just enough light. I can picture myself spending hour after hour in this wee room, with a book in one hand and a wine glass in the other. Oh, and maybe the kitty cat would be curled up on my lap too.


Ahhhhhh….  my favourite room!

(For details on this event, head over to the Main Website.)

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Check out the 2017 Lineup!

Volunteers and Staff at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens are pleased to announce details for the 2017 Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour, on Saturday, July 8, 10am-4pm, highlighting a full weekend of activities.

This year’s edition celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial, featuring properties spanning the past 150 years. Notable highlights include a confederation period Greek Revival, an 1882 brick Queen Anne Revival, two late 1890s homes and an award-winning restoration of the 1913-14 Annapolis Royal Train Station. In addition, visitors will visit two special Riverview Drive gardens, as well as the Historic Gardens where a Victorian Tea will be hosted in the afternoon.

For more information on this year’s lineup, head over to our Feature Property page.

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