Built for the war of 1812, this tough little fort is a classic example of a Martello tower – a small circular fort first built for defense purposes in the south of England during the Napoleonic Wars. A National Historic Site, our Martello Tower is located in the historic west side community of Carleton, and features a restored gunpowder magazine and soldiers’ barracks. A concrete fire command post was added during the Second World War. Those who climb to the top of the hill will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the City, the Bay, and Partridge Island.
Carleton Martello Tower is currently undergoing restoration. Although visitors will not be able to enter the tower at this time, there is much to explore at the site’s Visitor Centre! Here, an audiovisual show and award-winning exhibit reveals our story. Visitors can experience the tower through a new photo slideshow and touch table of historic objects. On weekdays in July and August, history comes alive during live rifle-musket demonstrations. Our special events offer more family fun and happen regularly throughout the summer. Everyone is invited!