Plan your visit to Georges Island National Historic Site in the heart of halifax harbour, the place the Mi’kmaq called Kjipuktuk or “The Great Harbour.” Enjoy scenic views from a new perspective and immerse yourself in the rich history of Halifax! Take a self-guided tour of the fort or a guided tour of the historic tunnels!

Discover how this small island and its fortifications played a large role as a prison, as an internment camp for Acadians, in the development of Nova Scotia, and in the defence of Canada. Georges Island is one of five national historic sites in Halifax which are known collectively as the Halifax Defence Complex.

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Hours of operation

Open from June to October

June 11 to July 3, 2022
Open Saturdays and Sundays only
10 am to 5 pm

July 8 to August 28, 2022
Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only
10 am to 5 pm

September 3 to September 4, 2022
Open Saturday and Sunday only
10 am to 5 pm

September 10 to October 9, 2022
Open Saturdays and Sundays only
10 am to 3:30 pm

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Temporary closures due to weather


The ferry to Georges Island with Ambassatours Gray Line (includes Parks Canada admission fees).

Detailed admission fees for all other visitors.

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Sites nearby

  • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

    Where better to get your Halifax bearings than at the Halifax Citadel, which in its current form has been a core part of this culturally vibrant city since 1828. Halifax’s original guardian has many tales to tell, plus affords spectacular views and promises engaging activities.

  • Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site

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

  • Fort McNab National Historic Site

    From the 1880s and for more than half a century, Fort McNab played a key role in the Halifax Defence System, guarding one of the British Empire’s (and then Canada’s) most significant naval stations.

  • York Redoubt National Historic Site

    An integral part of Halifax’s Defense Complex, York Redoubt helped protect this strategic port city from military attack for over 200 years. Walking paths and interpretive panels help tell its impressive story.