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Walls Across Canada

No matter where you are — or where you visit — from coast to coast to coast, you’ll find buildings that look like castles and settlements surrounded by walls.

Scroll down to read about these places, or click on the map for a more interactive Google map experience.

Google map of forts, houses and castles across Canada.


Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador Castle Hill National Historic Site features the ruins of a French fortress built in the late 1600s. The French wanted to control the island of Newfoundland but the colony failed and the British took over.

Sydney, Nova Scotia Moxham Castle was built by steel company manager Arthur Moxham for his wife Helen. Their son, his wife and their baby all died not long after it was built, so the Arthur and Helen returned to the U.S., only coming back in summers. It was a hospital during the First World War, and burned down in 1966.

Burlington, Prince Edward Island Although it is no longer open to the public, the former Woodleigh Replicas near Kensington, P.E.I., was home to small-scale versions of many famous buildings including Scotland’s Dunvegan Castle and the Tower of London.

Aulac, New Brunswick Located about 45 minutes from Moncton, star-shaped Fort Beauséjour was built by the French in 1751. The British renamed it Fort Cumberland when they captured it in 1755.

Montreal, Quebec Despite its name, Château Dufresne is more of a really fancy house than a castle. Brothers Oscar and Marius Dufresne had it built between 1915 and 1918, and made sure it was full of paintings, Italian marble, gold details and woods from all over the world.

St. Joseph Island, Ontario At Fort St. Joseph historic site near Sault Ste. Marie, you can tour what’s left of the fort that once stood here. Built to protect the fur trade, it was burned by the Americans in the War of 1812.

Souris, Manitoba When you visit the Hillcrest Museum, you can see thousands of butterfly specimens and lots of interesting things from the community’s past. But you can also check out the stained glass, oak staircase and etched glass in this castley house built by in 1910 for Fred and Maude Sowden. /p>

Battleford, Saskatchewan Fort Battleford was bustling from 1876 to 1924 with North West Mounted Police activity. Settlers fled behind its wooden palisades for protection when they feared violence.

Banff, Alberta Known as “the castle in the Rockies,” the world-famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel has been welcoming guests for more than 125 years. Its turrets rise out of the trees of Banff National Park.

Kitwanga, British Columbia At Gitwangak Battle Hill and imagine that instead of the peaceful surroundings, you’re seeing the warrior chief ‘Nekt and his men rolling spiked logs down the hill at their enemies. Nearby totem poles and plaques tell the story of the Gitwangak settlement.

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Every March for 19 years, the Snowking Festival means a month of fun featuring snow carving, concerts, kids’ plays, art shows and more. It all takes place in and around a giant castle made of snow.

Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory This abandoned settlement was the site of another Hudson’s Bay company fur-trade post in the mid-1850s, but the Tutchone First Nation lived there much earlier. Short picket fences, not palisades, surround the historic buildings.

Somerset Island, Nunavut It sounds big, but Fort Ross, a Hudson’s Bay Company fur-trade post, was just a single building. It was the last the company set up, but it lasted just 11 years, from 1937 to 1948 — the tiny community around it was just too hard to get in and out of.

Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.