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Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site of Canada

An exhibit gallery at Carleton Martello Tower showing a mannequin dressed as a soldier from the 104th regiment, a touch-screen station, and other interpretive displays.
Discover the War of 1812 from Atlantic Canada’s point of view
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Facilities and Services

The Visitor Centre

Your visit to Carleton Martello Tower begins at the Visitor Centre. See the Tower’s dramatic story unfold in “Carleton Martello Tower: the Sentinel of Saint John”. This award-winning video is presented daily on demand in the theatre.

Be sure to explore our exhibit gallery where you’ll discover more about the tough little forts known as martello towers and learn about the War of 1812 in Saint John.

For a souvenir of your visit, check out our gift counter. We have a small selection of books, traditional toys, postcards, and other historically-themed merchandise for sale.

The Tower

*The Martello tower at Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site will be closed for the duration of the 2016 season for important restoration related activities. The Interpretive Centre and site grounds will remain open to visitors and additional interpretive programming will be offered during the time of the closure.


The site's high elevation offers a panoramic view of Saint John, its harbour, and the surrounding area.


The Tower itself is not wheelchair-accessible. The path to a lookout near the Tower has been specially modified for assisted wheelchair use. This location offers a view of Saint John harbour. The Visitor Centre and the exhibits within are accessible to wheelchairs.


We offer free parking and can accommodate cars, RV's, and buses. The bus stalls are a drop-off point for motorcoach passengers.


Public washrooms are located adjacent to the Visitor Centre, including wheelchair-accessible facilities and a diaper deck.

Picnic Area

There are several picnic tables located on the grounds.

Outreach and Education

Our efforts at serving schools and other educational groups are focused on-site. Although no formal extension programme is in place, requests are handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the site to arrange a visit.

Tour Groups

It is recommended that tour groups notify the site in advance of their visit.