Thanks to its peerless position in Halifax Harbour, Georges Island was occupied by military forces for 200 years from 1750, acting as a key fortification protecting access to a key British station. Created by deposits left by glaciers thousands of years ago, the small island stood guard while battles raged for control of the East coast.
Occupied by British military forces in 1750, Georges Island’s strategic position in the middle of Halifax Harbour catapulted it to the heart of seaward defences for one of the principal naval stations in the British Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries. The island came under the command of Prince Edward in 1794 amidst tensions between the United Kingdom and the United States. Home to Fort Charlotte and later its two powerful seaward-facing batteries and underground tunnel complex, the island is also the site of one of Canada’s first fully automated lighthouses.
Thanks to its complex of subterranean passages and tunnels, this mysterious island has been the subject of local folklore for generations. Currently, Georges Island does not offer a visitor program but from time to time the island plays host to special special tours.
Now is your chance to join one of those special tours, and experience Georges Island for yourself.
There is an event fee of $15 per person for the tour (paid online via GANS website), plus a $20 fee for return transportation on the water taxi (paid directly onsite to the taxi driver).
We will meet on the Halifax Waterfront at the Wave at 1:30; the taxi will take 6 people at a time to the island.
The tour itself runs for approx. 75 mins. We will have a couple trips out to the Island to take everybody; so we expect it will be approximately 2 hours in total including transportation to the Island.
Things to bring:
- Wear comfortable footwear (sneakers / walking shoes)
- Bug spray
A friendly reminder; we leave the Island how we found it; please bring back any garbage with you or pick up any you find as well.