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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 73 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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Williamsburg, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Need exercise? Hike up the hill to see the fort. Or drive up if you're inclined to relaxation. The tattoo like performance and the group dinners are enhanced by kilted soldiers (reenactors), and booming cannons.

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The Citadel is in an extremely cool place, smack dab in the middle of downtown Halifax. If you are walking around the harbour, its a quick walk (uphill) to see the Citadel.There is parking if you want to drive (and pay). Very nice place to take pictures from in any weather, as it commands an awesome view. Entry fee is... More

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redditch
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63 reviews 63 reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

the chap who took us on the tour here was extremely knowledgeable, amusing, and made what is a wonderful place even more enjoyable

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We spent several hours at th site. The tour guide was wonderful, and we enjoyed exploring on our own as well.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The setting, on a hill overlooking Halifax, is very good; nice view of the city and harbor. A lot of history there and the Canadian Army Museum was very well done. The Citadel is a must for people interested in history.

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St. Albert, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We attended on Canada Day and loved the displays, collections, and site itself. There were pieces on display from every war Canada was in, and offered guides/hosts to answer questions. They fired off the canon but I can't recall if this is a daily event.

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Portola Valley, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

It is amazing that this beautiful and significant location within the heart of Halifax has been maintained historically. With views of the entire city, it is a wonderful way to get your bearings, learn more about the history of Halifax and appreciate the many years of work and determination that were required to bring this fortress to reality. I consider... More

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

If you visit this historic site, the entrance is free for the last hour it is opened. This was enough time for my husband and I to poke around. There was lots to see including the all of the staff who were dressed in period clothing. I especially enjoyed the soldiers dressed in kilts.

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Dallas, Texas
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120 reviews 120 reviews
15 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

I thought this was a great place to take children. There are uniformed "soldiers"who can answer questions and they have an exhibition where they shoot old guns (muzzle loaders?) which was interesting to see.

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Trenton, Canada
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53 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We began our visit by joining a one hour guided tour. Our guide was very interesting and very knowledgeable. He took us inside the protective walls, which was very dark, but cool! We also walked along the ditch, which was neat! We watched the Artillery fire a small cannon three times. Later, we saw another rifle being fired and heard... More

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