Melanson Settlement National Historic Site

Melanson Settlement is located in Port Royal, Nova Scotia. Acadian settlers lived here on the banks of the Annapolis River in the 17th and 18th centuries with a unique system of cooperative dykeland farming. Stroll the path and take in the view over the marshlands and fields.

Trail through a forested area.


Stroll the path surrounded by shady green trees to reach the viewpoint overlooking what used to be the Melanson Settlement.

Two children reading panels.

In the heart of Acadia

Immerse yourself in Acadian culture and traditions on this 7-day itinerary!

Visiting Melanson Settlement National Historic Site

Activities and experiences

Things to do, trail, Acadian settler interpretive panels, forest, marshlands, river, uplands, lookout.

Plan your visit

Maps and directions, facilities and services, hours, fees.


Free admission.

Safety and guidelines

Important bulletins, weather, seasonal safety, visitor guidelines.

About Melanson Settlement National Historic Site

Culture and history

Revelations from a 17th century Acadian settlement.

Stewardship and management

Jobs, partners, permits and licenses, public consultations, plans, and policies.

Contact us

Telephone: 902-532-2321

Hours of operation

June 1 to October 13, 2024
Open daily


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