Candlelight Tours of the Garrison Graveyard

Organization Sponsor: Historical Association of Annapolis Royal

Organization Partner: Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage (now Economic and Rural Development and Tourism)


Program Description

For a unique and memorable adventure, explore the Oldest English Graveyard in Canada by candlelight with a colourful, costumed interpreter. Now in their 18th popular season, thousands of people from throughout the world have enjoyed these lively tours led by internationally-acclaimed heritage interpreter, Alan Melanson. These fun-filled tours have been recognized by two of Canada's Prime Ministers for their excellence. Sponsored by the Historical Association of Annapolis Royal. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 9:30 p.m. sharp (rain or shine). Tours operate June 1 - Oct. 15 and leave from the parking lot at Fort Anne National Historic Site of Canada.

Program Approximate Cost: 

$7 adult, $3 youth (13-18), $1 children 12 and under

Funding Sources: 

The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal,

Strategies For Sustainability: 

This is a special historic site that has been preserved and promoted in an unique way. Having an excellent interpreter helps make it a successful event.

Impact Of Program: 

Thousands of people have taken part in this fun-filled tour, and many visitors actually plan their entire trip to the province around them. This tour was considered one of the most popular tours in the province.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feed back from participants. This program has won many awards. It won the first place "Hometown Pride Event of the Year" and Parks Canada Heritage Award .

Key Elements Towards Success: 

This is Oldest English Graveyard in Canada and

Challenges To Meet Them: 

The weather is the most challenging problem and having large numbers of the public walking at night. Information is posted regarding the cancelation of the tour and public services are available.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This tour has been offered since 1990.

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