The Town of Annapolis Royal boasts many different features and unique options that are sure to appeal to the interests of all of our visitors, as well as our residents. Annapolis Royal prides itself on the fact that although we are indeed a small community, we are very diverse and offer something of interest for everyone.
The natural beauty of the Town and the surrounding communities provides the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle and be active in the great outdoors.
If you have any questions or need more information, contact our Active Living Coordinator at (902) 955-1205 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annapolis Royal Gym
The Town gymnasium is a hub of activity for all ages all year long. Click here to view the schedule of events or contact our Active Living Coordinator for more details and availability. Drop in to play at the gym for $5 per family. The gym is also available to rent for $40 per hour (1 hour minimum) or for $250 per day.
Location: The Academy, 590 St George Street, Annapolis Royal.
Right in Town, the French Basin Trail is a 45-minute walk around a Ducks Unlimited wetland. Keep an eye open for several species of ducks, at least one pair of Great Blue Herons, a family of muskrats and possibly our resident foxes. The well-maintained gravel trail around the marshland leads into the railbed trail that goes east or west as far as your feet will take you. http://www.ducks.ca/news/prov2003/032822.html or read about and view photos of the trail – Annapolis Marsh Walker
Another option for a walk in Town is along the waterfront boardwalk that winds along the seaside. The boardwalk can be easily accessed throughout the downtown; either across from the Farmer’s Market behind King’s Theatre or near Town Hall and our soon to be amphitheatre. Enjoy crisp ocean breezes and take in the beauty of the rising and falling Fundy tides as you stroll along.
Just a short drive from downtown Annapolis Royal offers you a myriad of hiking opportunities.
Delaps Cove Wilderness Trail is a nature trail located on the shores of the Bay of Fundy in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, just 24 kilometres from Annapolis Royal. The trail meanders through 130 acres of canopied forests. Nature enthusiasts may enjoy the natural splendour of the scenery and breathe in the briny, salt air from the windswept coastline of the Bay of Fundy. http://www.annapoliscounty.ns.ca/rec/delaps.htm
Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness is located along Route 8 in Greywood and is a provincially maintained park and wilderness trail. Just 10 kilometers from Annapolis Royal the trail provides enjoyable walking, hiking, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing experiences through the forest and includes picnic tables and beach access on Lambs Lake.
Lequille Grist Mill can be found on the Dugway Road, off Route 8 in nearby Lequille. This site features a Nova Scotia Power Plant disguised as a 17th Century grist mill. It is located on the site of North America’s very first grist mill (1607).
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site is another favorite for outdoor enthusiasts. Located 46 kilometers south of Annapolis Royal off Route 8, Keji, as it is known by locals, offers a variety of trail systems with varying degrees of difficulty. Enjoy a quick leisurely hike, or embark on a six day journey through the back-country and encounter a number of terrains. Many of Keji’s trails are open in winter for snowshoeing and cross country skiing as well. For more information visit: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ns/kejimkujik/index.aspx
Our roads don’t yet have any designated bike paths, but the flat terrain in and around Annapolis Royal makes for easy cycling. The abandoned railway line gets you off the main roads and gives you a close-up view of the Annapolis Basin and Annapolis River. The Municipality of Annapolis County has published a helpful guide called Bicycle Annapolis County. http://www.annapoliscounty.ns.ca/rec/rec.htm
Canoeing & Kayaking
There’s water almost all around us, so choose your location for an afternoon of canoeing or kayaking: head up the historic Annapolis River to see some of our lovely villages; head down into the Annapolis Basin toward Goat Island; slip upstream in Allain’s River, which takes you through an Acadian saltmarsh. Caution: our famous tidal range (averaging 6 m/21 ft.) may affect conditions on the water and ashore. Check a tide chart before setting out. Annapolis County Recreation Services offers a comprehensive book called “Canoe Annapolis County: A Paddler’s Guide to Outdoor Adventure”. Find out more at http://www.annapoliscounty.ns.ca/rec/canoe.htm.
Kids and kids at heart need time outdoors too! The Grant Potter Memorial Park located at 167 St. George Street in downtown Annapolis Royal is a wonderful place to burn off some energy. Next to ocean views, the naturalized park features an adventure hill with climbing and sliding and tons of fun for young and old alike.
Surrounded by ocean, with lakes nearby at every turn, and a beautiful community pool, Annapolis Royal is a great destination for water lovers.
For a day at the lake visit Raven Haven Beachside Family Park. Located at 2239 Virginia Road, West Springhill on Sandy Bottom Lake, Raven Haven is a short 20 minute drive from Annapolis Royal and features swimming, boating, and fun for the whole family. Visit http://www.annapoliscounty.ca/community-development/raven-haven-beachside-family-park for all the information you need.
If a pool or splash pad is what you are looking for, look no further than Annapolis Royal Community Pool. The pool can be found within Annapolis Royal at 62 Champlain Drive. The pool is open for swimmers of all ages all summer long. And for the younger kids, the splash pad next to the pool is the best place to cool off after some time in the sun. Visit www.annapolispool.ca for more information, contact (902) 532-1777, or email email@example.com.
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Annapolis Royal is home to two newly refurbished tennis courts. The courts are available to rent and challenge your friends and family to a game. Contact our recreation department at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Youth and adults working together, they envision the creation of an inclusive park in the Annapolis Royal Area that is welcoming to people of all ages and diverse interests. The park has excellent skateboarding facilities, green space, shade trees, walking trail, and benches for spectators. Bringing about this concrete vision resulted in changes in perceptions of skateboarders from ‘punk vandals’ to contributing members of the community.
For more information about the skate park, please visit http://youthpark.myannapolis.ca
While Annapolis Royal is a highly walkable community with many outdoor recreation options for residents, one thing that has been missing from the area is a safe and convenient location for citizens and visitors to take their canine companions for some off-leash exercise. The project being proposed is to build a fenced in area just behind the Skate Park located at the trailhead of the French Basin Trail. This will be a convenient and beautiful location, with easy access, ample parking, a few simple and fun “dog playground” obstacles will be built and installed by a group of local residents and youth. Annapolis Royal Recreation is leading this fundraising campaign to build this park and seeking the help of the dog lovers of Annapolis Royal and area.
Since the first registered dog license was issued in 1899 to a dog named “Paddy”, it’s been proposed to commemorate this celebrity pup and name the park “Paddy’s Park”! We’re sure Paddy’s owners would have been proud!
For more information on the project’s details and fundraising goals, or to make a donation online, please visit www.gofundme.com/ARDogPark. To discuss ways you can help or how to make a donation in person, please call Noah at 902-955-1205, or by email at email@example.com.
For year round fitness and fun visit the Fundy YMCA in neighbouring Cornwallis Park. A short 15 minute drive takes you to the largest indoor pool in the area, a walking track, exercise and weight room, and a host of fitness focused classes for people of all ages. Visit their website for details at http://www.fundyymca.com.
For golf lovers, the Annapolis Royal Golf Course is the place to be. This 18 hole, par 70 course challenges you while offering breath taking scenery of the Annapolis Basin. Located just five minutes from Annapolis Royal at 3816 Highway 1, it is a great place to practice your swing. For more information check them out at http://www.annapolisroyalgolf.com.
The natural waterways that surround Annapolis Royal offer some great fishing opportunities. Fish from ship or shore for the prized striped bass, often caught in excess of 40lbs. Lighter tackle can be used for the increasingly popular mackerel run or relax while ice fishing for smelt. Outdoor opportunities are ever increased as you explore the region surrounding Annapolis Royal. Fish the many local lakes for speckled trout, including First Lake in Lequille which is stocked annually for a fishing derby!
Outdoor Ice Skating (Seasonal)
Don’t let the winter months keep you from being active. Grab your skates and head over to 590 St. George Street to practice
your moves, or pick up where you left your ice skating career many years ago. For current ice availability be sure to be in touch with our recreation department.