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Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site

Kids in historic costumes inside the tower

Visitor Information

Parks Canada is proud to announce more than $13 million in rehabilitation work at Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site. Restoration efforts will ensure that the cultural integrity of the 1812 Tower and essence of the World War II Superstructure are protected for generations to come. Restoration activities will being in 2016, and although there will be no access to the 1812 tower or command post, visitors will be invited to enjoy and explore the Visitor Center, Exhibit Gallery, gift counter, and grounds.

General information
Opening hours
June 27 to September 4
Every day,
from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

September 5 to October 29
Monday to Friday,
from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
454 Whipple Street
Saint John, NB E2M 2R3
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Phone: 506-636-4011
Fax: 506-636-4574
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Guide - Atlantic Canada

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.

Although the 1812 tower will be closed to visitors, a film evoking the tower’s history and an award-winning exhibit is on offer in the visitor centre. You can envision a soldier’s life as you participate in our daily programming offer, catch occasional military re-enactments, ghost stories and soldier tales.

Don’t miss the panoramic view from the lookout, where you can cast a glance at sailboats in Saint John harbour, and dramatic vista to the Bay of Fundy.

Quick Facts

  • 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 lookout 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.