Plan your visit
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Begin your visit by taking in the engaging Visitor Centre video and exhibits before climbing to the top of the hill and taking in a spectacular view of Saint John and the Bay of Fundy. Plan to spend at least 30 minutes touring the Visitor Centre and grounds. The site is located on the west side of Saint John (in a residential area), less than 10 minutes from the city centre.
Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site
454 Whipple Street
Saint John, N.B.
The site is located in West Saint John, New Brunswick.
From Highway 1, eastbound traffic should take Exit 120 (Digby Ferry) before the Saint John Harbour Bridge and follow the Parks Canada Beaver signs and Digby Ferry signs to Market Place. At the end of Market Place, turn right at St. John/Dufferin Row to Whipple. Watch closely for the Beaver signs.
From Highway 1, westbound traffic takes Exit 120 (Digby Ferry) after the Saint John Harbour Bridge. Continue straight on Market Place. At the end of Market Place, turn right at St. John/Dufferin Row to Whipple. Watch closely for the Beaver signs.
From the Digby Ferry, exit the terminal on Digby Ferry Road. Continue straight onto Lancaster Street. Turn left at Lancaster and St. John Street. Continue onto Dufferin Row. At the end of Dufferin Row, turn right onto Whipple Street. Watch for the Beaver signs.
By Public Transit
Saint John Transit services the city’s west side. Although no bus route services Carleton Martello Tower directly, the Harbour Bridge route (#15A, #15B) stops within a short walking distance of the site.
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.
Facilities and services
- Built by the British to protect coastal areas, tour one of only nine surviving Carleton Martello Towers located in Canada.
- Find out how the Carleton Martello Tower guarded against an American overland invasion as the oldest building in Saint John.
- Take in breathtaking views of the Bay of Fundy, Partridge Island and Saint John.
- Learn the Martello Tower’s unique architectural features: the round pillar with thick walls to withstand canon and artillery fire, and a flat roof once equipped with two 32 pounder smoothbore guns.
- Find out how in WWI, the tower was used as a detention center for over 50 deserters from the 69th Canadian Infantry Battalion.