The Prince of Wales Tower, built in the late 1790s as part of the Halifax Defence Complex, commands a strategic location in Point Pleasant Park overlooking Halifax Harbour. The round stone tower (72 feet in diameter) was commissioned by Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent as a redoubt and powder magazine. It was designed as a defence against French land attacks on several nearby batteries (Cambridge, Point Pleasant, North West Arm, Chain Rock), the town and naval station.
Guns were mounted on the roof and the second storey of the tower, with quarters for up to 200 soldiers. From the 1860s onward the tower was used as a self-defensible depot magazine. The tower’s garrison was never called into action to defend the town and residents. It is the oldest Martello Tower in North America.