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Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site of Canada

Guided Tours

There are guided tours available of the Tower (Interpreter availability permitting). There are four levels to explore, depicting three distinct eras of the Tower's history.

An interpreter shows 2 visitors the parts of a rifled musket. A Guided Tour
© Parks Canada/Brian Townsend, 2002

On the bottom floor, visitors will discover loopholes and a gunpowder magazine, restored to its appearance circa 1845. The second floor represents the barracks room as it would have looked in 1866. The upper 2 floors, or superstructure reveal the Tower's role as an observation and fire command post during World War II.


Enemies of the King beware... Saint John Privateers are here!

Children and interpreter pose with the flags they’ve made at the 'Saint John Privateers' program Look what we made at Saint John Privateers
© Parks Canada/C Reardon, 2008

During the War of 1812, lawful pirates known as privateers scoured the Bay of Fundy for enemy ships. Join us for "Saint John Privateers" and see if your family has what it takes to be part of the crew!

Discover how to tell a privateer apart from a pirate; Learn the ins and outs of naval artillery; Craft your own ship's flag, then set out on a privateer hunt and flaunt your skills!

This one hour program happens every Sunday in July and August (available in French at 1 pm and in English at 2:30 pm). Regular admission applies. Spaces are limited so please contact us at 506-636-4011 to sign up or to learn more. This activity is appropriate for families with children ages six to eleven.