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A Walking Tour of Annapolis Royal

The historic town of Annapolis Royal is located at the Annapolis River estuary, near the tapered portion of the North Mountain range of the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

All Photos by Angela McMullen

The expansion of an organic, self-sustaining culture has attracted visitors and new residents alike. In spite of subtle evolution, the town remains true to itself.

Residents have barely deviated from a simplistic existence. Self-sustainability has been possible through access to food, recreation, and infallible rural wisdom.

Farming and fishing industries provide food from land and sea. Community recreation programs sustain social inclusion, and deep-rooted values sustain healthy living practices.

The preservation of history has been extended to outdoor spaces. Other than for safety upgrades, natural environments stand still.

Sidewalks, a boardwalk, The French Basin Trail and the historic Fort Anne grounds are accessible year-round.

Nature prevails throughout this small town of Victorian homes and quaint shops. Mature oak, elm and chestnut trees line Upper St. George St., and gorgeous Magnolia's grace the lawn of the historic court house.

Garrison Cemetery on the grounds of Fort Anne, along the main street, which is called St. George St. View of Court House in background, which was built in 1837.

As the sun goes down at Allains Creek.

Train bridge at Allains Creek. A former rail bed has developed into a pleasant walking trail.

A delightful composition of art and history.

The O'Dell House Museum on Lower St. George St.

The former train station building retains historical charm..shown above and below.

Former Train Station which now houses office space.

Sunset at Allain's Creek.

Train bridge at Allain's Creek, near Fort Anne.

Winter at the Historic Gardens.

The annual Rare and Unusual Plant Sale at the Farmer's Market location on St. George St.

Signage at Lower St. George St, near the Farmer's Market and Annapolis Royal Wharf.

The Town Hall is located on St. George St. with views of Granville Ferry in the background.

Along the French Basin Trail, that is walking distance from St. George St.

Heritage buildings, along with a touch of antiquated charm make Annapolis Royal a delightful outdoor destination.

Angela McMullen is a poet, forest writing workshop facilitator and freelance writer who lives and writes in maritime Nova Scotia, where she is inspired by the rhythm of the Bay of Fundy tides, the pulse of long-standing forests, the expansive fields of the Annapolis Valley, the backdrop of North and South mountain ranges, and the distinction of the four seasons.

Angela's most recent work is a slim book of poetry that captures the pure essence of nature and her unwavering resilience. Infused with undertones of Italian influence, this collection of poetry speaks for itself.

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