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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada

5425 Sackville Street | P.O. Box 9080, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Downtown Halifax)
902-426-5080
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Ranked #3 of 79 Attractions in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums, Lookouts
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: 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,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Salt Lake, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

A beautiful fort sitting atop Halifax. This old fortress offers a beautiful view of Halifax and the port below. It is only a 3 block walk from the waterfront but that walk is straight up and then and steep walk to the fort once you get to the grounds but well worth it. It is wonderfully maintained and the entrance... More

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Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

A fairly steep climb up the stairs AFTER a fairly steep walk up the street from the waterfront :), but you don't have to do that if you go there by car since there's a driving road that goes all the way around this hilltop citadel (in my case, took the ferry from Dartmouth on the other side). Kind of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I loved seeing this town and thought I'd gone prepared. But alas it wasn't the way it turned out. If you come in from a cruise ship Spring St is on the LEFT side of the town. If your walking to the Citadel you either need to find this street to walk up it see the gardens, cemeteries and other... More

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Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Love the view, the guard change, the historic of the Citadel, was so nice. Dont miss it. Specially if you can be there at 12noon

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Dayton, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Swarms of tourists around an area that has been completely reproduced by Canadian government in order to bolster the tourist trade. There a lot of college students that are having fun pretending the are "real" solders. They say most of the Citadel is a reproduction based on real plans that they had, even though it was never used at all... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This has to be one of the highlights of any visit to Halifax. A well preserved old fort with interesting displays inside. The army museum is also worth a look (contained in the barracks building). Good views over Halifax if the weather allows.

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This was an interesting historical site. I enjoyed the tour, but thought the guide made it sound like it could never be attacked, just because no one ever tried an attack. The movie that was offered was very interesting about why they wanted to defend the harbor. The guides around the citadel were young people. It seemed realistic.

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Elgin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The views from the Halifax Citadel are breathtaking. The site is full of history of Canada and their involvement in all the wars. Enjoyable afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The guide book suggested a 3 hour visit, but we stayed for 5 hours. After paying the minimal admission and taking our pictures of the kilted soldiers guarding the entrance of the citadel, we climbed up the stairs to do the walk all around the top. We wanted see how the cannons would protect the harbor from an attack. On... More

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We visited this place on a tour off our cruise ship and really enjoyed it here. Although we did not have time to go inside, we did have enough time to go to the front entrance and take a picture with the Scottish guard who was silent but gave off a nice vibration, so it was OK to stand close... More

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