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If you can’t wait to break out your Parks Canada Discovery Pass, then guess what? Lucky Haligonians don’t have far to go when they want to delve into the past on an exciting day out. There are four amazing National Historic Sites to visit all within the city limits thanks to the vast defense complex which once ringed the city overlooking the seas watching out for incoming French ships! Start exploring today!

A family poses during the
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Historic star-shaped fort from 1749 overlooking the harbor.
  • Walk: Downtown Halifax
  • Transit: Sightseeing tour bus
Bird's eye view of the Martello Tower
Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site
The first Martello tower built in North America, dating back to the 1790s.
  • Driving: 10 minutes
  • Transit: 25 minutes
Battery situated on a high bluff overlooking the entrance of Halifax Harbour
York Redoubt National Historic Site
27 buildings and armaments first built in 1793 to protect Halifax.
  • Driving: 20 minutes
  • Transit: 40 minutes
Visitors enjoy a picnic outside the Blockhouse
Fort Edward National Historic Site
North America’s oldest military blockhouse.
  • Driving: 50 minutes