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Georges Island National Historic Site is located in the heart of the place the Mi’kmaq, who have inhabited these shores for thousands of years, called Kjipuktuk, or ‘The Great Harbour’. The Island has a complex story, from the D’Anville expedition of 1746 to the establishment of the first fortifications in 1750 and the internment of Acadian prisoners during the Deportation of 1755-64, to the later development of technologically advanced harbour defences in the Victorian era, and finally the continued use of the island by the Canadian Army during the First and Second World Wars.
The coastal defences in Halifax, including Georges Island, were re-armed and reconstructed to make use of the more powerful rifled muzzle-loading guns. From this time onward, the island would be home to many members of the Royal Artillery and other British regiments, and in 1906, members of the Canadian Forces when the Government of Canada assumed responsibility for the Halifax defences from the British. Thanks to its complex of subterranean passages and tunnels, this mysterious island has been the subject of local folklore for generations. Georges Island is also the site of one of Canada’s first fully automated lighthouses.
Visit pc.gc.ca/georges to learn more about visiting Georges Island and reserve your ticket.