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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada

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Address: 5425 Sackville Street | P.O. Box 9080, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Phone Number: 902-426-5080
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Experience an exciting part of Canada's history by visiting this...
Experience an exciting part of Canada's history by visiting this 19th-century fort with a sweeping view of downtown Halifax. Between May and October, the Citadel is brought to life by two historic regiments of the British Army - the pageantry of the 78th Highlanders and the precision of the Royal Artillery thrill visitors daily with live re-enactments. The skirl of the bagpipes mixes with the crack of a rifle and the assembly of recruits for the next foot drill. There's no shortage of authentic experiences to view and participate in! Kids will love the Xplorers Program - an activity book just for them. When the sun sets, it's time to experience the other side of the Citadel - join the Citadel Ghost Walk and experience the dark and errie lore from the early 1800's. Tours start mid-July and run every Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8:30pm until the end of October. Cash at the front gate.
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Fun, authentic couple of hours!

My husband and I visited the Citadel in Aug 2013 on a bright, clear morning. We went on a tour that made you feel as if you were part of the action. The museum is interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

My husband and I visited the Citadel in Aug 2013 on a bright, clear morning. We went on a tour that made you feel as if you were part of the action. The museum is interesting with many artifacts of wars past, and the tour guides were informative and fun to be around. The gift shop is great for authentic... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Pretty cool site to Visit. The Citadel sits on top of a hill, and is much much bigger than many other Forts around Canada, Took a tour just to hear the stories, then wandered around on our own. Also contains a small military history museum with some interesting artifacts from long ago, as well as more current.

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Kernville, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

OK, I admit it - I'm Scots, so the Citadel has a personal history appeal for me. That said, the fort is beautifully restored, with glossy vintage canons, many well done exhibit rooms spanning the years from its first founding through its last days as a working fortress. Period costumed docents - and plenty of them - add enormously to... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The Citadel is an extremely well preserved and well maintained facility that tells the tale of Halifax and it's military history. It is a very impressive fortress, with period uniformed staff recreating the look and feel of the part. The facility is located at the top of the hill overlooking Halifax harbour and has lots of parking. However, if you... More 

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Moncton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This place is well worth the trip,it is a great fortress ,with a great view of the city. If you love history ,this is the place to be,with lots of entertainment for the whole family.It is a beautiful spot,i well be going back again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

knowledgeable guides. The cannon is great fun :) If ever you are there before Halloween, the night time tours are absolutely amazing. To see such a place by moonlight and walk through the old stone parapets in the dark was such an amazing fun filled evening .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

In the summer besides the the good military museum, the demonstrations and military review offer a lot of entertainment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful spot - great fortress architecture, lovely view of the whole city, well done movie, cool changing of the guards 'ceremony', interesting exhibits. Wheelchair available in greeting area across the square from the entrance.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Well restored, and with knowledgeable guides. The cannon is great fun :) If ever you are there before Halloween, the night time tours are absolutely amazing. To see such a place by moonlight and walk through the old stone parapets in the dark was such a treat!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Visited here just before mid day. The cannon fired and nearly jumped me out of my skin! It set the tone for the visit and wandering around at such cold temperatures just made one realise the conditions it must have been like back in the day. This historic site gives you a good basis for the history of the area.... More 

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