Discover a key chapter of Canada’s colonial history on a lonely hilltop high above Nova Scotia’s historic Minas Basin. Built in 1750, Fort Edward provided an important British stronghold during decades of discord with Acadian settlers and the Mi’kmaq people. Today, visitors can explore North America’s oldest military blockhouse and walk historic grounds with sweeping river views. The quiet, subdued site comes alive with imagination. Learn more

Hours of operation

June 30 to September 2, 2023
Open Tuesday to Saturday (closed Sundays and Mondays)
9 am to 5 pm

The grounds are open year-round.


Free admission.

Contact us


902-798-2639 (June 24 to August 31)
902-798-2321 (September 1 to June 23)

West Hants Historical Society: 902-798-4706


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