Perched high on a rocky cliff overlooking Saint John, the British-built Carleton Martello Tower dates from the War of 1812 and played a pivotal role in conflicts leading up to World War II. Visitors marvel at the spectacular city and harbour views while exploring the award-winning interactive exhibits in the Visitor Centre. The tower was the heart of Saint John defences until 1944.
The martello tower is currently undergoing vital restoration work. Although visitors are not able to enter the tower during this time, we encourage them to explore and enjoy the Visitor Centre and grounds.
Featured things to do
Hours of operation
June 12 to September 2
Every day, from 10 am to 5:30 pm
September 3 to October 14
Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 4:30 pm
Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.
St. Andrew's Blockhouse National Historic Site
Built just after the War of 1812 began, St. Andrews Blockhouse recalls an era of conflict along the New Brunswick harbour and US border, when townspeople united to protect family and community from American raiders.
Fundy National Park
The world’s highest tides await visitors at Fundy National Park. Kayak on the Bay of Fundy, explore the seafloor when the tide recedes, hike or bike through native Acadian forests and more at one of Canada’s best-known national parks.
Kouchibouguac National Park
Golden sand dunes, estuaries brimming with life, warm ocean beaches, Mi’kmaq and Acadian culture, the starry spectacle of a Dark Sky Preserve and snowbound winter activities weave together the compelling tapestry of Kouchibouguac National Park.
Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland National Historic Site
Discover a time when Britain and France were caught in a tug-of-war for dominance in Acadie, and be moved by the stories of soldiers and settlers who lived and died around the historic star-shaped fort.