Halifax Citadel

Halifax Citadel

Don't miss the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, where guided tours and historical re-enactments of the 1860s are often set in fully staged theatrical presentations. Discover for yourself why this attraction is so popular that it was voted the top wonder of Halifax.

Activities

Take a Guided Tour

Halifax was an important naval station for the British Empire since its founding in 1749. The star-shaped Citadel took 28 years to build. It was a walled village housing soldiers, their families and various tradespeople who were integral to the life inside the fortifications.

The Citadel was built to defend against land attacks from the United States. In later years it was used as barracks for soldiers going overseas for World War II. On your guided tour, you'll learn all about how the fort was built and how the military personnel lived and worked.

How much time will I need?

  • About 1 hour

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • No special equipment is needed. Just bring your camera.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes

When's the best time to do this?

  • Daytime from early May through late October.

Attend Theatrically Staged Historical Re-enactments

It's 1869 and you live in a fort. What would you be doing all day?

Maybe you'd be wearing a kilt and playing the bagpipes or banging a drum. You could be doing the laundry in a big wooden tub. Or maybe you'd be very busy defending the fort with its guns and cannons.

The Halifax Citadel is one of the most important historic sites in Canada. It's been restored to the mid-Victorian period with a living history program featuring the 78th Highland Regiment, the Royal Artillery, Soldier's Wives and Civilian Tradespersons. When you visit, you'll learn about how the fort was constructed, its importance to the defence of Canada and how its inhabitants lived and worked in the 19th century.

Every day during the summer the fort is alive with the sound of pipes and drums and the roar of cannonfire. Visit the school room to try out the magic lantern and the barracks to try on a soldier's knapsack and jacket. Maybe you can even bang a drum or try your hand at the laundry!

How much time will I need?

  • A couple of hours

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • No special equipment is needed. Just make sure to bring your camera.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes

When's the best time to do this?

  • Daytime in the summer (May-October)

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