Plan your visit
Begin your visit by taking in the engaging Visitor Centre video and exhibits before climbing to the top of the hill and taking in a spectacular view of Saint John and the Bay of Fundy. Plan to spend at least 30 minutes touring the Visitor Centre and grounds. The site is located on the west side of Saint John (in a residential area), less than 10 minutes from the city centre.
Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site454 Whipple Street
Saint John NB E2M 2R3
The site is located in West Saint John, New Brunswick.
From Highway 1, eastbound traffic should take Exit 120 (Digby Ferry) before the Saint John Harbour Bridge and follow the Parks Canada Beaver signs and Digby Ferry signs to Market Place. At the end of Market Place, turn right at St. John/Dufferin Row to Whipple. Watch closely for the Beaver signs.
From Highway 1, westbound traffic takes Exit 120 (Digby Ferry) after the Saint John Harbour Bridge. Continue straight on Market Place. At the end of Market Place, turn right at St. John/Dufferin Row to Whipple. Watch closely for the Beaver signs.
From the Digby Ferry, exit the terminal on Digby Ferry Road. Continue straight onto Lancaster Street. Turn left at Lancaster and St. John Street. Continue onto Dufferin Row. At the end of Dufferin Row, turn right onto Whipple Street. Watch for the Beaver signs.
By Public Transit
Saint John Transit services the city’s west side. Although no bus route services Carleton Martello Tower directly, the Harbour Bridge route (#15A, #15B) stops within a short walking distance of the site.
Hours of operationJune 26 to September 4
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.
Facilities and services
- Built by the British to protect coastal areas, tour one of only nine surviving Carleton Martello Towers located in Canada.
- Find out how the Carleton Martello Tower guarded against an American overland invasion as the oldest building in Saint John.
- Take in breathtaking views of the Bay of Fundy, Partridge Island and Saint John from the tower.
- Learn the Martello Tower’s unique architectural features: the round pillar with thick walls to withstand canon and artillery fire, and a flat roof once equipped with two 32 pounder smoothbore guns.
- Feel the cold quarters of the powder magazine, a compartment used to store ammunition and explosives, restored to its appearance circa 1845.
- Find out how in WWI, the tower was used as a detention center for over 50 deserters from the 69th Canadian Infantry Battalion.
- Check out the restored barracks room (complete with uniforms and soldier kit) and see how it might have looked in 1866.
- Catch occasional military re-enactments spanning 1812 to World War II, and take the Tower by storm as period soldier a red or blue tunic.
- Explore the award-winning interactive exhibits in the Martello Tower and visitor centre and highly popular film.
- See the “24-pounder” carronade, a cast iron cannon pointing toward the Western/land approach of the town in order to defend against overland threats.