York Redoubt National Historic Site
York Redoubt National Historic Site in Halifax has been on my bucket list for quite some time. We finally got to check it out, and this is our experience!
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.
Originally built in 1793, the information boards guide you through how the fort changed with technological advances through to WWII. York Redoubt has long played a vital role in protecting this strategic port city.
York Redoubt is a fun place to explore. There are tunnels, underground shelters and out buildings throughout the site.
Walk along the walls, see the cannons, and catch a glimpse of the view!
Around the site are a series of gravel paths and loops making up approximately 3km of trails.
However, nothing is marked, and there is no map of the trails.
After exploring the main section of the fort by the parking lot, head towards the Canada flag on the hill to find more out buildings to explore, and the path loops back around to the parking lot.
If you are interested in walking some of the trails, we highly recommend you get some hiking maps or apps before you go.
If you don’t have a map, make sure you have a good sense of direction!
One of the main trails leads from a path outside the main parking lot area, immediately to the left of the entrance before you enter the park.
We use a hiking app called OsmAnd that has hiking trails everywhere!
Location and Hours
York Redoubt is open for a short period of time in the summer from June 25 to Sept 2 (STC).
It is tucked away on the coast off Route 253.
If you are looking for a unique place for your family to explore off the beaten path, then York Redoubt is for you!