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Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site

The Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site, located in Point Pleasant Park (Tower Road entrance) in Halifax was built in 1796-97 by order of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent which later came to be called the Martello Tower. The first tower of its type in North America, this thick-walled round structure was intended to protect British sea batteries from a French landward attack. The tower served as part of Halifax’s coastal defence network. Today, interpretive panels portray the tower’s history, architectural features and significance as a defensive structure. Visitors are welcome to explore the tower and learn about its long history. In 1866, the military offered Point Pleasant Park to the City of Halifax on a 999-year lease for an annual rent of one shilling. The park is now used for a variety of recreational activity offering lots of walking trails for visitors. Free admission.


Areas Of Interest: Military

Core Experience: History

Features: Bus Tours • Multilingual • Picnic Tables • Wheelchair Accessible

Government Level: National

Memberships: Bienvenue

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Admission Info: Admission free.

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Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site

Point Pleasant Park
Halifax, NS

9am–5pm; grounds open year-round.

Phone: 902-426-5080
Fax: 902-426-4228

Toll Free: 1-888-773-8888

Website: http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/princewalestower