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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 64 Attractions in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums, Lookouts, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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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.
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Sarnia, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

We have been to this citadel before but it's nice to visit. If you are a history buff it's great to see. We were on a cruise so we also saw Quebec citadel and if we made it to Sydney we could have also seen Fort Louisburg. Great views. If you want you can just walk to top and not... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

If you are visiting the city it is hard to miss this fort - it stands on a hill in the middle of the city. There are lots of excellent displays inside that interpret the history of the area and Canada. Try to get there for noon - they still fire the cannon at 12:00 o`clock and it is worthwhile... More

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Indpls., IN
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The Citadel was one of the stops on a bus tour from our cruise to Halifax. If there was an admission price, it was included in our tour. Expect many people because of the tours. This is a neat fort that is like a large museum with 2 smaller museums inside it. There is interesting history here and several people... More

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elk grove illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Dedicated folks taking care of it. Very well preserved. I have seen stuff, just there and looking like it may fall down, not this. Nicely done re-creations, too

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Totnes, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Well worth the entry price of $7.80 informative tour guide and we took the 11.05 tour that ended with the firing of the noonday cannon. It's also interesting how many VCs they have on show in the museum 15-20 I reckon

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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The climb up the hill to reach the Citadel is a workout, but the view is stunning, and the history is fascinating. Be sure to hear the cannons fire.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Must watch march and canon firing if u can or if displayed during your visit but we liked forts in Kingston much better due to interactive staff dressed in old age clothes and serving beverages in old age utensils... plus regular march, display, museum and canons

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Lake City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We had a very enjoyable time learning about the history of the Citadel. The site is very well maintained. Don't miss the Botanical gardens nearby.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Halifax is a hilly city and on its tallest hill is the Citadel. Built in the mid-1749, this large fortress was an important part of the city’s defense system. George Washington himself decided not to try to take the Citadel. As a matter of fact, because of the forts of Halifax, the city is so well fortified that it has... More

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Enfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We got of the hop on hop off bus at the Citadel which was a handy way to get there if the walk uphill is too much. We got there at 11.40 and were advised by the helpful staff to stay outside until after the gun salute. We then saw the Changing of the Guards which was colourful and best... More

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