Feds fund restoration projects at Martello Tower, Fundy National Park

Ottawa announced an investment of nearly $25 million Wednesday for projects at Carleton Martello Tower and the Fundy National Park.

Officials said $14.8 million will be used to replace the tower’s fire command post, which sits atop the Tower, with a light-weight replica of the original.

Carleton Martello Tower, which overlooks Saint John, was built by the British army during the War of 1812.

Federal officials said Wednesday the money will also fund the construction of a new roof and installation of a new heating and humidity control system.

Saint John—Rothesay Member of Parliament Wayne Long said the government is committed to the rehabilitation of Martello Tower.

Calling it an “iconic Saint John landmark,” he said the money would ensure the “sustainability of Parks Canada assets so the cultural, environmental and economic vitality that national heritage places bring to Canada can continue into the future.”

Ottawa has invested more than $11 million into the preservation and rehabilitation of Carleton Martello Tower since 2016.

That restoration work, the federal government said, is expected to resume this fall and wrap up by summer 2025.

Meanwhile, $8.3 million is being used for critical roadway improvements on a 11km-section of Highway 114 in Fundy National Park.

Long said they would make for a safer travelling experience for Canadians to connect with nature.

“Parks Canada team members continue to work hard to ensure the park is fully recovered from the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, while building resilient infrastructure that can withstand the effects of increasingly damaging weather events,” he said.

Expected to be complete this fall, this work will repair the road’s surface and upgrade several drainage infrastructure.