Annapolis Royal in Top 10 places to see

Lawrence Powell
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Macleans video shows oldest town in modern light

Macleans photographer Andrew Tolson was in Annapolis Royal in August for some preliminary shooting and came back in October to do an official video shoot for Macleans' Canada 2014: 10 Places You've Got To See.

Maclean's has put together video and photos of 10 places you’ve got to see – and Annapolis Royal is one of them.  In fact, with the exception of Fogo Island, NL, it’s the only spot featured east of Ontario.

Maclean's photographer Andrew Tolson spent time in Annapolis Royal last summer and fall, shooting video footage of the town. Scenic shots, video of artists, artisans, fishers, and streetscapes are laid over interviews with Alan Melanson, Adele MacDonald, and Ryan Scranton. Tolson even rented an airplane to take shots from above.

Maclean's calls the features Canada 2014: 10 Places You’ve Got To See. Besides Annapolis Royal and Fogo Island, the series includes Laird River Hot Springs, BC; Winnipeg, MB: Yellowknife, NWT; Nelson, BC; La Malbaie, QC; Prince Edward County, ON; and Writing-On-Stone, AB.

The Annapolis Royal feature is called Holding The Fort and the top photograph is of Melanson conducting his renowned Candlelight Graveyard Tour.

Video story is by Rosemary Counter and video editing is by Anne-Marie Jackson. The Annapolis Royal video is the first of the 10 to be featured.

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If the Annapolis Royal video doesn’t open as the main page, click on the first video link on the bar across the top of the page.

Geographic location: Annapolis Royal, Fogo Island, Ontario Laird River Hot Springs Winnipeg Yellowknife La Malbaie

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Recent comments

  • george piper
    March 14, 2014 - 15:40

    This is a truly magical place---but I find it a bit misleading-----the first settlement was by Champlian in 1604 just accross the river and down the road ---about 100 years or so earlier. What about the tidal power station--the first and only in N america? The historic gardens surely deserved some mention also----lets be complete.

  • Heather Anderson
    March 08, 2014 - 08:26

    You haven't lived until your child passes you a musket ball found while getting covered in grass stains from rolling down the hills of Fort Anne.A beautiful playground for children and adults.I can't wait to get back there.

  • Monica Forrestall
    March 06, 2014 - 15:39

    Love this piece by Larry Powell on the behind-the-scenes work of a town pulling together to help these amazing film makers create this beautiful film on Annapolis Royal. I've never seen photographs of Fort Anne from this view, and filmed at such a picturesque time of day--Sunset--the golden hour. The rolling hills of Fort Anne look like moss hued velvet. Color me homesick.