Activities and experiences

Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site

The Tower  is undergoing vital restoration work. Although visitors are not able to enter the Tower during this time, we encourage them to explore and enjoy the Visitor Reception Centre and grounds.

Return back in time! When the British protected Saint John from an American invasion. Watch a popular Tower video and catch award-winning interactive exhibits in the Visitor Reception Centre. Have a picnic before the Saint John harbour.


​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!

​Hands-on history

Explore the interactive exhibit galleries located at the Visitor Reception Centre. 

The Tower's story

Discover the rich history of the Carleton Martello Tower.

Calendar of events

Take part in a wide range of events, special activities and memorable experiences of the Carleton Martello Tower.


Don’t forget your camera; the Tower’s commanding position makes it the perfect place to photograph Saint John’s cityscape and its harbour.

Hands-on history

Explore the interactive exhibit galleries to see how the War of 1812 affected the city of Saint John.

Pollinator garden project

Pollinators need our help! A pollinator garden was planted at Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site.

Things to do

Sea birds Bird watching
Dogs on leash Dog walking
Notice board Interpretive trail
Picnic area Picnicking
Theatre Theatre
Interpretation Tours and programs

Facilities and services

Accessible Facilities Accessible parking
Accessible Facilities Accessible services
Bus parking Bus parking
Dogs on leash Dogs on leash
Interpretation centre Indoor Exhibit
Gift Shop Gift shop
Information Information
Lookout Lookout
Parking Parking
Picnic area Picnic area
Restrooms Restrooms
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