Plan your visit to Georges Island National Historic Site in the heart of halifax harbour, the place the Mi’kmaq called Kjipuktuk or “The Great Harbour.” Enjoy scenic views from a new perspective and immerse yourself in the rich history of Halifax! Take a self-guided tour of the fort or a guided tour of the historic tunnels!
Discover how this small island and its fortifications played a large role as a prison, as an internment camp for Acadians, in the development of Nova Scotia, and in the defence of Canada. Georges Island is one of five national historic sites in Halifax which are known collectively as the Halifax Defence Complex.
Featured things to do
The ferry to Georges Island with Murphy's on the Water (includes Parks Canada admission fees).
Detailed admission fees for all other visitors.
Planning to visit during COVID-19?
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Where better to get your Halifax bearings than at the Halifax Citadel, which in its current form has been a core part of this culturally vibrant city since 1828. Halifax’s original guardian has many tales to tell, plus affords spectacular views and promises engaging activities.
Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site
Built in 1796-97 to protect against French attack, the Prince of Wales Tower was the first of its kind in North America. Visitors can explore its history, architectural features and significance as a defensive structure.
Fort McNab National Historic Site
From the 1880s and for more than half a century, Fort McNab played a key role in the Halifax Defence System, guarding one of the British Empire’s (and then Canada’s) most significant naval stations.
York Redoubt National Historic Site
An integral part of Halifax’s Defense Complex, York Redoubt helped protect this strategic port city from military attack for over 200 years. Walking paths and interpretive panels help tell its impressive story.