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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 74 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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Oak Park, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

An impressive structure and grounds. Excellent guided tour by re-enactors in period military uniforms. Very professional, educational, and interesting. Live fire demonstrations of musketry, bagpipers, drummers, and the noon cannon. Excellent for military history buffs, but should be enjoyable for everyone. A well-managed operation by Parks Canada.

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Make sure you take the walking tour as you learn so much more then if you went walking on your own. Also stay for the noon highlight as the cannon goes off.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Visited this area before and really liked the history of how the fort was used to protect the city. Enjoyed going into each individual room and touching historical artifacts. However. still quite perturbed with Racial epitaph of Nova Scotia...Just not Right!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We visited the citadel on a sunny Saturday with my 2 young boys. They really enjoyed exploring and checking out the canons. We also saw the firing of the canons which was super cool. There is some pretty awesome views of the city from the top of the citadel. Very enjoyable experience!

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Chatham, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Best part was being able to try on the kilts and jackets and the feathered hat that the soldiers wore. Nice to be able to interact with the characters who are dressed in period costume and in their respective roles, makes history come alive. A great museum, you can easily spend at least four hours here. My husband and son... More

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The staff were spectacularly good to our eight year old. I would recommend the Citadel Adventure for kids under 10 (so long as they can read reasonably well). it's worth a couple of hours, more if you are a history buff. Beautiful views as well.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Lest you forget this was a military town, visit the Citadel, a massive fort looking out over the old town. Try and work one of the ghost tours in with your visit.

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

It you like forts, the Citadel is a great way to spend a few hours -- we spent over 5 hours there. It is such an integral part of Canadian history, the Canadian/British history, and the Canadian military history. You can opt to take a 55 minute tour which we did. I was disappointed in the tour. We had about... More

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Gilbert, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The walk up the hill to the Citadel was worth it. The little free tour you get was worthwhile, we learned a lot from it. The period costumes worn by the employee's made it quaint. A great place to stroll around,and kick back.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We walked from the Public Gardens to the Citadel, which is pretty good exercise. Lots of informative stuff there and many people in historical garb. Got the view (and hear) the noon firing of the cannon from the fort. an absolute must for history buffs.

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