Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site

Halifax, Nova Scotia
5718 Point Pleasant Drive, Halifax, NS B3H 1B5, Canada
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Open year-round *The inside of the tower is not open for visitation*
(902) 426-5080


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Built in 1796-97 to protect against French attack, the Prince of Wales Tower was the first Martello tower in North America. Visitors can explore its history, architectural features, and significance as a defensive structure.

Prince of Wales Tower is a part of the Halifax Defence Complex. British and Canadian military forces built many forts and batteries over the years to protect Halifax and its harbour. Five of these fortifications, known as the Halifax Defence Complex, are national historic sites owned and operated by Parks Canada. These sites are being preserved and maintained for current and future generations to discover.


  • Family-Friendly
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Washrooms

Fun Facts

  • The tower is located within a spacious clearing in the forest at the highest point within Point Pleasant Park.
  • Prince of Wales Tower received its name when Edward, Duke of Kent, ordered its construction and subsequently named it in honour of his eldest brother.
  • Called Amtoukate (Spirit Place) by the Mi’kmaq First Nation, the area was later called Sandwich Point, Pleasant Point, and finally Point Pleasant Park.
  • In 1866, the British military offered the park to the city on a 999-year lease for an annual rent of one shilling.


5718 Point Pleasant Drive, Halifax, NS B3H 1B5, Canada
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