Who We Are

EDITOR: Durline Melanson, HISTORIAN: Alan Melanson
PHOTO CREDITS: Parks Canada, Dan Froese, Scott Munn, Chris Reardon, Ron Garnett, Historic Gardens, Trish Fry, King's Theatre, Allison Mosher, County of Annapolis, Deb Ryan, Town of Annapolis Royal, Andrew Tolson, Ken Knox, Durline Melanson, Alan Melanson


Explorer Visitors Guide

The Explore Annapolis Royal campaign was developed in 1993 by Durline Melanson, Director of the Business Improvement District Commission, as a co-op marketing vehicle for the merchants of the Town of Annapolis Royal. The EXPLORER program was implemented the same year, and the first full EXPLORER Visitors Guide was published in 1995.

This popular publication and its expanded multi-media campaign now encompass the entire region and continue to be made possible solely through the support and participation of area businesses, community organizations, civic-minded individuals, Parks Canada, the Municipality of the County of Annapolis and the Town of Annapolis Royal. This web site is a volunteer contribution by Alan and Durline Melanson. The guide is published annually by Explorer Communications.

Enjoy your virtual visit to the Annapolis Royal Area and plan a trip soon to this delightful region of southwest Nova Scotia. When you stroll through the centuries in person, be sure to pick up your free copy of the EXPLORER Visitors Guide.


Special Awards

Queen Elizabeth II
Diamond Jubilee Medals

Presented to:
Alan & Durline Melanson

Queen Elizabeth II's Volunteer Service Awards

Presented to:
Alan & Durline Melanson

Governor General of Canada's Meritorious Service Medal

Presented to:
Alan Melanson

Partner with Us

If you own a business in the Annapolis Royal Area, we invite you to partner with us. The Explorer, enjoyed by area residents and visitors alike, is a cost-effective, proven, multi-facted, year-round, multi-media, co-op marketing campaign. Contact Us for additional information.

Thank you for visiting!

We hope you find this web site useful and will share it with your friends. If you would like to help us help the businesses of the Annapolis Royal Area, please "Like and Share" our EXPLORER GUIDE Facebook page. We realize your time is valuable, and we truly appreciate your visit and support.


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