Fort Edward National Historic Site

Discover North America’s oldest military blockhouse and a key chapter of Canada’s colonial history high above Nova Scotia’s historic Minas Basin in Windsor. Built in 1750, Fort Edward provided an important British stronghold during decades of discord with Acadian settlers and the Mi’kmaq people.

Please be advised that the blockhouse at Fort Edward National Historic Site will be closed to the public for the duration of the 2024 season. Visitors are encouraged to explore the grounds at Fort Edward National Historic Site, which remain open year-round. More information

Historic walking tour of Fort Edward National Historic Site

Join a guided tour of the historic landscape of Fort Edward.

Picnic and stroll through centuries of history

Spread a blanket at the foot of North America’s oldest blockhouse to enjoy a picnic lunch with views of the river valley below.

Calendar of events

Encampment at Fort Edward National Historic Site, July 19 to July 21, 2024.

Visiting Fort Edward National Historic Site

Plan your visit

Maps and directions, facilities and services, hours, fees.


Free admission.

Safety and guidelines

Important bulletins and weather.

About Fort Edward National Historic Site

Culture and history

History, architecture, archaeology.

Stewardship and management

Jobs, partners, permits and licenses, public consultations, plans, and policies.

Contact us


902-798-2639 (June 24 to August 31)
902-798-2321 (September 1 to June 23)

West Hants Historical Society: 902-798-4706


Hours of operation

June 28 to August 31, 2024
Open Wednesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
9 am to 5 pm

The grounds are open year-round.


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