Perched high on a rocky cliff overlooking Saint John, the British-built Carleton Martello Tower dates from the War of 1812 and played a pivotal role in conflicts leading up to World War II. Visitors marvel at the spectacular city and harbour views while exploring the tower’s restored powder magazine, barracks room, and award-winning interactive exhibits in the visitor centre. The tower was the heart of Saint John defences until 1944.

There will be no access to the 1812 tower or command post in 2017. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy and explore the Visitor Center, Exhibit Gallery, gift counter, and grounds.

Hours of operation

June 26 to September 4 
Every day, 
from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

September 5 to November 1
Monday to Friday, 
from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Free admission in 2017.

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