Ghostly Gardens 2019


Things are about to get spooky at the Historic Gardens. Once again, our resident ghouls and goblins are taking over and transforming the Gardens into Ghostly Gardens. On the nights of October 24 25 and 26 and the afternoon of October 27 the Gardens are unleashing their scary side mixed with a good dose of family fun.

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Every year we have some new twists and surprises but, favourites like the Witch’s Lair, Musician’s Graveyard and Elm Street Café will be ready to scare visitors for another year. During the After Dark evenings, you can grab a lantern and make your way to the Ghostly Interpretive Centre where Young Company Productions have a live performance featuring local performers. This is sure to be a fun performance.

New this year is a Sunday matinee designed to appeal to some of the younger members of the family. The matinee will have the regular ghouls who roam the Gardens by night but, daylight offers a less scary visiting opportunity for some children who are uncomfortable with darkness.

Ghostly Gardens after dark takes place October 24, 25, 26 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The Ghostly Gardens Sunday matinee is 2pm-5pm on October 27.  Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door (441 St George Street, Annapolis Royal). For more information visit, email or call 902-532-7018.

Ghostly Gardens is a great time for the whole family. Be sure to visit… if you dare.

Save the Dates – Ghost Town 2019!



Time to start planning your visit to Annapolis Royal for our GHOST TOWN events. Check out our preliminary schedule of events

And be sure to include in your plans a visit to our iconic Ghostly Gardens! Visit BY DAYLIGHT or AFTER DARK, as you wish!

Ghostly Gardens – Canada’s Garden of the Year!


Canada’s Garden of the Year has taken on a ghostly aura this October as part of GHOST TOWN in Annapolis Royal.

The Ghostly Gardens are a highlight for visitors every fall, as the gardens enhance their normal autumn colour with several big splashes of Hallowe’en-inspired displays. From a Witch’s Lair, to a Giant Spiderweb, to Chicken Wire Ghosts to the “Elm Street” Cafe, the Gardens have surprises around every corner.

Open daily 9-5 on a “by donation” basis, the Ghostly Gardens can be enjoyed by daylight. But for a really unique experience, you MUST try “Ghostly Gardens AFTER Dark” on Friday and Saturday nights (October 16/17, 23/24 and October 30 from 6:30pm-9:30pm). After Dark the Gardens come to life, in a creepy kinda way!

Check out all that is offered:

Ghostly Garden Map 2015

For more information on the Ghostly Gardens and other GHOST TOWN events, please check out the Schedule of Events.

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The spirits are rising in the Gardens!


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Spirits of many types are taking over Annapolis Royal, and have been seen in increasing numbers in the Historic Gardens which, with the help of many volunteers, are becoming the renowned “Ghostly Gardens” once again.

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Spider and other creatures are also making their homes in the Gardens. Ewwwww!

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This year’s edition of “Ghostly Gardens After Dark” is more ambitious than ever before, expanding further into the Gardens with several new display areas. Many of the old favourites are returning of course, but some new features as well. Hats off to Gardens volunteers for all their work, and to all the other community volunteers who are making these GHOST TOWN events possible.

GHOST TOWN “after dark” events begin on Friday October 16 and continue every Fri/Sat evening until October 30. Check out our detailed Schedule of Events.

GHOST TOWN – The Conversion Process Begins…


With Thanksgiving just ended, and bellies still full, people in the Town of Annapolis Royal are already turning their attention to the work ahead this week as Annapolis Royal is converted to a GHOST TOWN!

Kudos to the early starts shown by Town Hall and Bistro East to lead the way!

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And of course work continues at the Sinclair Inn Museum Haunted House, the O’Dell House Museum and the Ghostly Gardens at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Some exciting changes this year… but we can’t tell you what they are – that would ruin the surprise.

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Get your Ghost On! And plan NOW for your visit to Annapolis Royal for GHOST TOWN.

GHOST TOWN makes the Toronto Metro!


Some exciting news for Annapolis Royal – the October GHOST TOWN event recently made the list of 5 places across Canada offering great Halloween attractions. Published in the Toronto Metro on October 2, the list is entitled “5 places to scare yourself silly this Halloween”, and the first place on the list is Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.

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Thank you to writer Mark Stachiew for including us, and providing this great promotion for Annapolis Royal’s shoulder season. We all know that GHOST TOWN is a special event and Annapolis Royal is a special place, and now there are a whole lot more people out there who know it too!
For more information on GHOST TOWN 2015, check out the latest Schedule of Events.
Here are the PDF files for the Toronto Metro piece:
Toronto Metro – Ghost Town
Toronto Metro – Ghost Town – Cover

Double Double Toil & Trouble


 Double Double Toil & Trouble. Witches, skeletons, bats and ghosts… all are descending on Annapolis Royal as the community prepares for GHOST TOWN!

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Crash Landing… we have a coven of witches taking over the Gardens. This one was not a very good driver!


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It is truly difficult to get our Ghostly Gardens ready for GHOST TOWN with our resident skeletons causing such mayhem. Yorick decided a piggyback ride would be fun – thank you to Volunteer Haley for humouring him!

Join us in Annapolis Royal for GHOST TOWN Oct 17-31. Check out the awesome Schedule of Events and…


Be a GHOST TOWN Survivor!


We’re sure you will want to participate in lots of GHOST TOWN events, and we’re going to help make it easy for you!

Historic Gardens, Sinclair Inn Museum and Fort Anne are offering a GHOST TOWN Passport, which includes admission for:

~ October 21, 22, 28, 29 – 7-10pm: A Haunted House. Ghosts and ghouls will entertain you at the Sinclair Inn Museum.

~ October 21, 22, 28, 29 – 7-9pm: A Skeleton Revealed. Uncover the mystery of Private Simpson at Fort Anne.

~ October 21, 22, 29 – 7-9pm: Ghostly Gardens After Dark. A hauntingly good time for the whole family at the Historic Gardens!

For only $10 you can attend all three events (Family rate of only $25 for two adults and your dependent children).

You don’t have to attend all 3 events on one night – your passport is good for one visit to each of these events whichever nights you choose. PLUS – if you attend all three events using your passport, you will receive a special GHOST TOWN Survivor award!

GHOST TOWN Passports are available anytime after October 20 at the Historic Gardens and O’Dell House Museum, and at the Winter Markets Oct 22 and 29 at the Gardens. Call 532-7018 or email for details. 

Be a GHOST TOWN Survivor!

Goblets & Goblins – A Wine Evening in the Gardens!


A Bewitching Evening of Wine & Merriment in the Historic Gardens

Staff and volunteers at the Annapolis RoyalHistoricGardensare pleased to announce their final Wine Evening of the 2011 season… the much-anticipated Goblets & Goblins on Friday October 28, 7-9pm!

What is “Goblets & Goblins” all about? Organizers don’t want to give away too much, but imagine yourself wandering down a Garden path on a dark October evening, lanterns lighting the way, to enjoy some wickedly good treats, local award-winning wines, and the odd ghost story, all in a toasty warm location! Visualize yourself setting out again, down another path, to another place where you can warm your hands by the fire and tempt your tastebuds with some devilish delectable delights!

A Wine Evening with a seasonal twist or two awaits you at the HistoricGardenson Friday October 28, 7-9pm. The event is “indoors & out” at the Gardens, rain or shine. So dress warmly. Dress is casual “come as you are”… but if you have a halloween costume in your closet that you are just dying for an excuse to wear, you are welcome to do so. Goblets & Goblins tickets are $10 per person, including food and entertainment, and there will be a cash bar (Wine & Scotch). (Please note this is a 19 & over event.)

For further information, or to order tickets, call 532-7018 or drop by the Historic Gardens, 441 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal.

Or you can purchase tickets through our website at