Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site
The Tower is currently undergoing vital restoration work. Although visitors are not able to enter the tower during this time, we encourage them to explore and enjoy the grounds and the Visitor Centre.
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. The tower was the heart of Saint John defenses until 1944.
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The Tower's story
Watch Carleton Martello Tower: the Sentinel of Saint John and see the tower’s dramatic story unfold in this lively video!
Explore the interactive exhibit galleries located at the Visitor Reception Centre.
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Daily visitor fees. Free admission for youth.
About Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site
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Hours of operation
Access to the historic site: June 21 to October 6
Open Wednesdays to Sundays 10 am to 5:30 pm
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
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