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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

My family and I really enjoyed the tour.Deep in history and Canadian pride. You must get there by 10:45 am too enjoy the changing of the gaurd, and then too listen to the guide (French or English).Great job giving the history of the place. And of course the noon firing of the Canon. Great job staff.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Halifax Citadel is an extremely well run historical attraction, part of the Canadian parks service. It is staffed by well-trained young people in historical costume who are able to answer even fairly random questions intelligently and thoroughly. I talked for a while with the seamstress manning the tailor shop, then later wandered up onto the ramparts and asked a question... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This important site gives a good historical overview -- especially the multipart video/film show. In addition, the citadel walls provide views over downtown Halifax.

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

It's neat that it is in the middle of the city. It was cool to walk around and we got great views of the downtown/waterfront and bay from the top.

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Mebane, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Informative plaques explaining the buildings would have added to experience quite a bit. We were left wondering and guessing what certain buildings were for. Tour guide was excellent.

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Interesting museum and fort grounds. Nice view of the harbor. Amazing to think about the cannons firing down to the harbor.

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Richmond Hill
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

A great start to know more about the city, and its military significance. This is a lot of fun for history and military buffs, but not bad for the average tourist. A $3.50 parking fee applies if you drive up the hill, but free if you are willing to do some walking from the street. The views to and from... More

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Stoney Creek, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

So much history here. You can learn a lot about how soldiers lived and worked here. We arrived just in time for the cannon firing at noon, then hooked up for the free tour (given separately in English and French) which was informative, funny and most enjoyable. We could have spent more time here, but were off to see other... More

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We got here 1.5 hours before closing and were told that was plenty of time. Maybe I'm a slow reader (of all the museum descriptions), but no, 1.5 hours is not nearly enough. There are guided tours and movies that are certainly worth the time. The barracks in the middle has a great museum on the second floor with tons... More

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Holland, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I came here with my husband and my 16 and 12 year old sons. As luck would have it, there was a tour starting within 10 minutes of our arrival. As you arrive you are given a map that shows all of the important sites, and then each site has a small exhibit or plaque telling what happened in these... More

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