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Location DB > Canada > Nova Scotia > Halifax > Fort McNab
Fort McNab
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created by N250cc on 8/28/2006 1:32 AM
last modified by tribeachpunk on 2/15/2011 12:04 PM
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Built between 1888 and 1892, Fort McNab is strategically situated at the south end of McNabs Island. For three-quarters of a century Fort McNab served as a gun battery and as the gatekeeper of Halifax Harbour. Fort McNab guarded the outer channels to the harbour. Through two world wars it housed the port's Examination Station and was responsible for the crucial task of checking ships to ensure that they did not pose a risk to port security.

Fort McNab was decommissioned in 1959 and ownership was transfered to Parks Canada.
 Basic Information
Type: Fortification
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information
McNabs Island
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Owner: Parks Canada
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • water
  •  Interesting Features
    Surface and subterranean fortifications.
     Security Measures
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1889
    Closed: 1956
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • boots
  •  Recommended Equipment
    gloves, binoculars
    Construction began in 1889. First fortification in Halifax to employ breech-loading guns thus the most powerful fortress guarding Halifax. Served as examination battery buring WWI and WWII. Was the only fort in Halifax to ever fire "shots in anger" when a local boat attempted to skip inspection.

    McNabs Island has been used for a range of things dating back to over 1600 years ago. See Web Links for more info.
     Media Coverage
  • CBC: Cannons returned to McNabs Island (February 14, 2011)
  • Times&Transcript: N.S. parks get cash (March 21, 2009)
  • CBC: Widening of Cabot Trail on Parks Canada's to-do list in N.S. (March 20, 2009)
  •  Future Plans
    Friends of McNabs Island announced on September 12, 2010 that "Fort McNab National Historic Site is getting a $1.6M facelift and will be closed for the rest of the year."
    Fall 2008 Trip
    Sat, Oct 25th, 2008
    posted by tribeachpunk

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    Trip #1
    Mon, Aug 28th, 2006
    posted by N250cc
    24 pictures
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    Another Fine Trip.
    Sat, Aug 11th, 2007
    posted by N250cc
    24 pictures
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    Aug 10, 08 trip with Nootz
    Mon, Aug 11th, 2008
    posted by N250cc
    6 pictures
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    Sun, Oct 19th, 2008
    posted by tribeachpunk
    23 pictures
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    Just A Few
    Tue, Oct 21st, 2008
    posted by Blackbird
    12 pictures
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    Sat, Aug 1st, 2009
    posted by tribeachpunk
    10 pictures
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    Sun, Sep 19th, 2010
    posted by tribeachpunk
    17 pictures
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    'Fax to the Max Port City Trip
    Sat, Oct 30th, 2010
    posted by Tamo
    14 pictures

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    McNab's from York Redoubt
    Thu, Dec 30th, 2010
    posted by tbeckerson
     Web Links
  • Friends of McNabs Island Society
  • Taylor Made Tours (Captain Steven Taylor)
  • Nova Scotia Provincial Parks : Management Plan : McNabs and Lawlor Island (2005) (PDF File)
  • McNabs Island Ferry (Captain Mike Tilley aka Red Beard)
  • Halifax UrbEx: McNabs Island
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    You must log in for this feature to work.FYI: Camping on McNabstribeachpunk221278/28/2011 11:42 PM by tribeachpunk
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