High on a bluff overlooking the entrance to Halifax Harbour sits a fortification that has helped protect this historic port throughout three centuries of Canadian history.

Part of Halifax’s formidable Defense Complex, York Redoubt was constructed in 1793 just as war broke out between Britain and France. Perched on a bluff at the narrowest point of the outer harbour, it offers superb views. Bring your camera and zest for adventure. Learn more

On-leash dogs welcome

All dogs, even good dogs, need to be on a leash no longer than 3 metres (10 feet) and under your control at all times.

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Hours of operation

Open daily
8 am to 8 pm
June 25 to Labour Day

The grounds are open year-round.

No winter maintenance.

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Fees

Free admission.

Contact us

Telephone: 902-426-5080
Email: halifax@pc.gc.ca

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