Step back to a time when the fate of North America hung in the balance. Imagine cannons and muskets blazing as British and French forces battled on the shores of Newfoundland, vying for control of the lucrative fishery. Enter Castle Hill National Historic Site, a stone fort standing sentinel over a picturesque seaside town, and explore a chapter of history that determined the fate of a continent.
Route 100 PO Box 10
Placentia Bay NL A0B 2G0
Hours of operation
Closed until June 1
Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
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