Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site
On a hill high above Saint John harbour, stands a sentinel to the city’s storied military history.
During the War of 1812, when the US declared war against Great Britain, Royal Engineers built the stone tower to protect New Brunswick's largest and most important port.
Today, you can tour Martello Tower, once used to house magazine and military stores, and as a garrison, prison, and observation post. A film evoking the tower’s history and an award-winning exhibit is on offer in the visitor centre. You can envision soldier life as you tour the tower’s restored barracks room and powder magazine and catch occasional military re-enactments, ghost stories and soldier tales.
Don’t miss the panoramic view from the tower’s observation level, where you can cast a glance at sailboats in Saint John harbour, and dramatic vista to the Bay of Fundy.
- The tower’s unique round architecture, with stone walls and bomb-proof vaulted ceilings, spans 130 years of coastal defence technology.
- Restored barracks replicate the living conditions of a 19th century British soldier.
- Panoramic views from the tower’s observation level extend from Saint John harbour all the way to the Bay of Fundy.
- Explore award-winning interactive exhibits on the “Sentinel of St. John” in the tower and visitor centre.