Activities and experiences

Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site

Prince of Wales Tower is the first and oldest Martello tower in North America and part of the Halifax Defence Complex. The grounds of Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site are located within the municipal Point Pleasant Park. Interpretive panels reveal two centuries of history about the stone tower.

Temporary closure

Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site is closed until further notice to reduce the risk of wildfires. Updates will be provided as information changes.

Self-guided tour

Interpretive panels about the Prince of Wales Tower in the context of Halifax’s military history.

Encountering this squat round structure built of stone will transport you back over two centuries.

Almost three times as wide as it is high, its 8-foot thick walls once protected British sea batteries from a French landward attack as part of the formidable coastal defence network, which included nearby Halifax Citadel.

While other locations within the defence complex were in use until after the Second World War, changing military technology rendered the Prince of Wales Tower obsolete by the time the surrounding land was leased to the city for a park in 1866.

Things to do

Bicycles Cycling
Dogs on leash Dog walking
Notice board Interpretive trail
Lookout Lookout
Photo Opportunity Photography
Picnic area Picnicking

Services and amenities

Bus parking Bus parking
Dogs on leash Dogs on leash
Information Information
Lookout Lookout
Parking Parking
Picnic area Picnic area
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