A reconstruction of a 17th-century French compound sits proudly on the site of one of the earliest European settlements on the continent – this is Port-Royal National Historic Site and a must-see while in Nova Scotia! Explore the Habitation’s period rooms and meet the French colonists that lived and worked this land in 1605. Hear their personal stories, from their first winter of hardship to their enduring friendship and alliance with the Mi’kmaq people that enabled them to survive. Learn more about the “Order of Good Cheer” that Samuel de Champlain started in order to keep morale high in the challenging conditions. You can almost imagine the music and laughter as you sit at the banquet table and immerse yourself in how the colonists lived. You can also become a new colonist yourself in a ‘Meeting with the Governor’ guided tour experience. Families will also enjoy the Parks Canada Xplorers program with lots of fun activities for the kids to see and do.