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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 #4 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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Secaucus, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Try to go there around 11:00am and stay to observe the cannon firing ceremony that takes place at 12:00pm every day.

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Frodsham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I cannot rate this attraction fully as we the mist descended as arrived and were thus unable to appreciate everything. Having seen such ceremonies across the world the changing of the guard was very short and unappealing . However, the tour of the facility was very good. The guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and the small diversions on the way,... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Great views of the city and harbor as week as enjoyable walk on the walls. We got coffee and lunch while there which was very good for a tourist attraction. We didn't spend time in the museum areas, but just enjoyed the setting and nice day.

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This old fort was truly interesting and it is in the most incredibly good condition. It is a very unique shape and is located almost in the centre of the downtown of the city. Very interesting place. If you are lucky, you will hear the big cannon being shot.

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Somerset, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We chose to explore on our own rather than take a guided tour. We were lucky enough to see the noon day gun being fired and watched the changing of the guard, re-enacted by university students. There is a terrific museum on the upper floor of the Cavalier Building. There are many store rooms etc to explore and the views... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Great views from inside. Guards let you take photos with them. There was a gun demonstration. It is massive place. They serve lunch inside but the chowder was so so! I didn't finish it.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Super informative and well-maintained site. Staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Got to experience the noon firing of the cannon, which was neat. On top of the wealth of history, it also offers a great view of Halifax!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

See the changing of the guard, have a guided tour or explore on your own. Allow at least two hours as there is quite a bit to see, and we found it interesting.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The Citadel, an 18th Century fort, is just up from the hotel. Very interesting place, staffed with student re-enactors who are more than happy to chat to the tourists about life at the fort. Spent all morning exploring the walls & rooms. has a small tea room for much needed refreshment after watching the noonday cannin being fired.

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Windsor area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit even if the fort itself did not see any action. Wonderful construction and a taste of history. Extremely well maintained and staffed. A must see in Halifax.

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