Return to the explosive world of the 19th century when the British protected Saint John from an American overland invasion. Watch a popular tower video and catch award-winning interactive exhibits in the Visitor Centre. Have a picnic before breathtaking views of Saint John harbour and the Bay of Fundy. Friendly staff will answer your questions about the tower and its history.

The martello tower is 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.


  • Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site

    ​The tower's story

    Watch Carleton Martello Tower: the Sentinel of Saint John and see the tower’s dramatic story unfold in this lively video!

  • The exhibit gallery at the Visitor Centre.

    ​Hands-on history

    Explore the interactive exhibit galleries located at the Visitor Centre. 

All activities

Dogs on leash Dog walking
Museum Museum
Theatre Theatre
Notice board Interpretive trail
Interpretation Tours and programs