Fort McNab National Historic Site

McNabs Island is located at the entrance to Halifax Harbour, near Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia. Fort McNab was built in the 1880s and was at one time the most powerful guardian of Halifax. It served as an important counter-bombardment battery in the two World Wars and was decommissioned in 1959.

Activities and experiences

Things to do, hike old roads, rough trails, bird watching, photography, picnic, lookout.

Plan your visit

Maps and directions, facilities and services, hours. Free admission.

Stewardship and management

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

Culture and history

History, historic buildings, and the Halifax Defence Complex.

Contact us

Telephone: 902-426-5080

Hours of operation

The fort grounds are accessible year-round, however there is no winter maintenance on the pathway.


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