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.

Two children looking out a blockhouse window.

How to get here

Fort Edward National Historic Site is located in the historic town of Windsor, Nova Scotia.

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.

Visiting Fort Edward National Historic Site

Plan your visit

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Free admission.

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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