Parks Canada welcomes you to Georges Island National Historic Site in the heart of the place the Mi’kmaq called Kjipuktuk, or “The Great Harbour.” Book your trip to the island online with Murphy's on the Water. Learn more about getting here.

Discover how this little island and its fortifications played such a large role as a prison, as an internment camp for Acadians, in the development of Nova Scotia, and in the defence of Canada.

Learn more about the

  • D’Anville expedition of 1746
  • Establishment of the first fortifications in 1750
  • Internment of Acadian prisoners during the Deportation of 1755-64
  • Development of technologically advanced harbour defences in the Victorian era
  • Continued use of the island by the Canadian Army during the First and Second World Wars

Talk with costumed interpreters dressed as Second World War soldiers. During the Second World War an anti-aircraft unit was stationed on the island and these were the last soldiers to serve there.

Featured things to do

  • A young family meets costumed interpreters carrying long staffs and buckets of cannon powder along the path at Fort Charlotte.

    Take yourself on a tour

    Take yourself on a tour to explore the island and discover its complex story. 

  • Georges Island National Historic Site.
    Visit the Halifax Defence Complex

    Georges Island is one of five national historic sites in Halifax which are known collectively as the Halifax Defence Complex.

All activities

Interpretation Tunnel tour
Photo Opportunity Photography
Notice board Interpretation