Man and child looking at images left on the walls of the Fort Edward blockhouse. See if you can decipher the drawings on the wall
© Parks Canada/Éric Le Bel

Centuries ago, Fort Edward was the scene of discord between British garrisons and Acadian and Mi’kmaq peoples. Today, the fort with its 1750 soldiers’ blockhouse and grassy earthworks has fallen silent – making the perfect setting for a relaxing stroll and picnic, with a historical twist.

Spread a blanket at the foot of North America’s oldest blockhouse to enjoy a picnic lunch and dazzling views of the river valley below. Admire the ingenuity of the defensive structure, with its slits and openings for weaponry, while imagining the lives of soldiers garrisoned here hundreds of years ago. Kids love to take position at the historic cannons and pretend they’re protecting the fort.

After a stroll on the perimeter trail surrounding Fort Edward, duck inside the blockhouse itself. On the second floor, original soldiers’ graffiti of ships and sloops testifies to the busy traffic that once plied the Avon River far below.

The grounds are open year-round; the blockhouse itself is open from June 25 to Labour Day. There is however, no winter maintenance on the pathway.