Created for you by volunteers, students, and residents to inspire discovery in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Here, you’ll find layers of history, authentic stories, routes to wander, and insights that make this place extraordinary.

Heritage Properties

Over 2400 heritage buildings and structures in Annapolis County have been mapped, representing a tapestry of architectural styles across centuries. What is more, most have a photograph and a written history in the “storyboard” attached to each geocoded pin on the map. Primarily sourced from a 1980s building inventory, it was translated into a digital map by a volunteer MAPANNAPOLIS! Team.

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Annapolis Royal & Area Amentities/Heritage

In 1605 the area became home to some of North America’s earliest European settlers. Annapolis Royal & area has gained a reputation as a vibrant centre for cultural activity, a magnet for visual artists, craftspeople, performers & writers. Let this map be your complete guide to spending time in what was once the Capital of Nova Scotia, where the architecture spans three centuries, and there is history at every turn.

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Garrison Graveyard

Garrison Graveyard is part of the Fort Anne National Historic Site in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. While only 234 grave markers stand today, more than 2,000 people were buried there before the last internment in 1940. It was Acadians in the early 1600s who were first laid to rest there. The graveyard contains the oldest English gravestone in Canada.

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Annapolis County Cemeteries & Churches

Churches have long been a place of worship for many residents in communities with many containing cemeteries in churchyards. In Annapolis County many of the cemeteries are scattered throughout, knowing where these are located for some people help them figure out the missing piece they have been looking for in their search for ancestors.

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Acadian Settlements

Acadian history in Nova Scotia began reclaiming marshes from the tidal Annapolis River. Dykes were built, wetlands drained. With the first grain harvest, the original French colonists put down roots. View the farms of many of the early families, based on the census of Acadie in 1707 [as per Delabat].

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Black Loyalists

This map tour guides you through Annapolis County Black Loyalist settlements, which no longer exist. Highlighted are people of significance such as Rose Fortune who came to Annapolis Royal as a child after the American Revolution and started her own baggage firm, and the earliest black settlement in Phinney’s Cove/Hampton area.

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Bear River Walking Tour

Stroll the picturesque tidal village of Bear River. European settlement dates from the mid-1700s, the Mi’kmaq people have inhabited this scenic glacial valley continuously for thousands of years. A creative class has been drawn here since the 1960s, and made it home. Learn of Bear River’s former importance in lumbering and shipbuilding, and its present-day reputation as a village of artisans.

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Bear River Artist Studios

From a past built on harvesting the forest and shipbuilding, to a turn of the 19th century starting point for backwoods hunting and fishing expeditions for visitors, Bear River since the late 1960s has transformed itself once more. Through the grapevine, the few artists who settled here told others, and the word spread far and wide. Artists and artisans today are ever-renewing the creative energy of this tidal village. Visit where they live and work, let this map be your guide to a singular experience in an astonishing valley you will never forget.

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Recreational Trails in Annapolis County

Get out and explore what Annapolis County has to offer! This map will show you the different trails/walking paths throughout the County that you will be able to use cycling, walking, or with an ATV. Each of these trails will give you a different perspective of life here in the Annapolis Valley and bring out the beauty that can be seen from every angle! We hope you use this as a tool to help find the perfect route.

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Annapolis County Post Cards

Take a step back in time while you go through images of old post cards throughout Annapolis County. There is a lot of history in each and every one and you never know what you might see!

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Middleton Feeder Schools

Middleton Rural High School opened in 1949 for grades 7-12. The schools pictured here sent a total of 274 students from rural areas and 141 from the Macdonald School in Middleton. The staff was comprised of 16 teachers, 4 bus drivers and one maintenance man. Later the school’s name was changed to Middleton Regional High School.

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History of COGS

J.B. Hall (1843-1929) & Major James Church (d. 1966) never met. Yet Hall’s vision was realized by Church’s persistence 30 years after his death. The Nova Scotia Land Survey Institute became, over time, The Centre for Geographic Sciences (COGS).  MAPANNAPOLIS! only blossomed in rural Annapolis County because of those 2 visionaries. Read locally-written biographies of both men here.

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Overseas Highland Brigade’s Fallen & Wounded; WW1

World War I made its mark on rural Nova Scotia, as young men answered the call of the Commonwealth to take up arms. Families from the smallest places on the map were often left with just a picture of loved ones who never returned. Assembled here is a map preserving the names and stories of some of those who fought.

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