Visit Georges Island National Historic Site in 2024

Parks Canada invites you to visit Georges Island National Historic Site in the heart of Halifax Harbour, the place the Mi’kmaq called Kjipuktuk or “The Great Harbour.” The island provides scenic views and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich history of Halifax.

Georges Island National Historic Site as seen from above
Georges Island National Historic Site drone photo. Credit: Parks Canada/M.Bayer

Georges Island officially opened to visitors during the summer 2020 and quickly proved to be the hottest ticket in town. In fact, tickets sold so well that the season was extended into the fall months.

The 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. The underground complex beneath Fort Charlotte showcases a maze of tunnels which once housed the ammunition for the fort’s powerful guns in bomb-proof security. We suggest you take the guided tour while exploring the island tunnels as it's easy to get lost when venturing through on your own.

Photo of a guided tour in the tunnels on Georges Island National Historic Site.
Tunnels on Georges Island National Historic Site. Photo credit: Davey and Sky (

Georges Island is one of five national historic sites in Halifax which are known collectively as the Halifax Defence Complex. The four other sites include York Redoubt National Historic Site, Fort McNab National Historic Site, Prince of Wales National Historic Site and Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. These and many other forts and batteries were constructed by the British and Canadian militaries. View a map of the sites by visiting this link.

A map that outlines Georges Island points of interest.
Georges Island points of interest map

If you feel a little extra adventurous during your visit, you may choose to take a self-guided walking tour of the main points of interest on the island including the Guncotton Tanks, Parade Square, “The Mi’kmaq” Interpretive Panel & “The Acadians” Interpretive Panel. To help you make the most of your exploration journey, Parks Canada has created a handy map to help you along the way. Please be sure to ask the interpretive staff for more information.

Parks Canada Perfect Picnic Lobster Roll with Kettle Chips and a Georges Island brochure/map.
Georges Island National Historic Site Parks Canada Perfect Picnic. Photo credit: Tom Joseph Scaria (Instagram @itstomjoseph)

While food & beverage items are not for sale on the island, you are more than welcome to bring snacks and drinks to enjoy while there. You can also pre-order a Parks Canada Perfect Picnic which will be ready for you when you arrive to board the ferry - we recommend the Atlantic Lobster Roll! In either case, please take trash and recyclables with you to dispose/recycle when you arrive back at Cable Wharf.

New for 2024! Your ticket includes ferry transportation, Parks Canada admission, and a scenic boat tour around the island! Enjoy some extra time on the water and and the unique view of the island fortifications.

We truly hope you're able to satisfy your curiosity and plan to visit Georges Island National Historic Site!

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