Fort McNab National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Fort McNab National Historic Site

McNabs Island, Nova Scotia
McNabs Island, NS B0J 3A0, Canada
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The fort grounds are accessible year-round, however there is no winter maintenance on the pathway.

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.


  • Family-Friendly
  • National Historic Site
  • Parkland

Fun Facts

  • Construction began on Fort McNab in 1888 and was finished in 1892. The fort marked a new chapter in Halifax’s history as one of the British Empire’s, and subsequently Canada’s, most significant naval stations during the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Fort McNab was Halifax’s first fort to have swift-acting breech-loading armament.
  • Between the 1880s and the 1940s, Fort McNab served as a gun battery and stood as the Gatekeeper of Halifax Harbour.


McNabs Island, NS B0J 3A0, Canada
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