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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada

Address: 5425 Sackville Street | P.O. Box 9080, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Downtown Halifax)
Phone Number: 902-426-5080
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Halifax City Tour
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Ranked #3 of 73 Attractions in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums, Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Experience an exciting part of Canada's history by visiting this...
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums, Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This attraction demonstrates the conditions the soldiers had in the 1800s The place would be cool if you like seeing people firing cannons (empty, of course), but it is worse than other sites that are similar like Colonial Williamsburg or Jamestowne.

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Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Loved this museum. They did a great job with all staff in character and costume. Very interesting to see the site and have free reign to tour and explore. Fun to watch the canons fire at noon, and the rifle firing demonstration.

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Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Citadel Hill is well preserved and maintained which demonstrates that Canada really does care about its history. The participants are dressed in accurate period costume; participate in authentic period drills, marches, and exercises. It is centrally located in Halifax so it is accessible from every part of the city.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Didn't have much time but got there to see the changing of the guard - in their authentic Scottish uniforms - they do a good show and some stunning views over the city at the same time.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a lovely event put on at the Citadel Hill in November. A donation to Feed Nova Scotia (either cash or canned goods) will get you inside and there you can enjoy plays, music, tours and hot chocolate. It's a nice afternoon for anyone and as always you can't beat the view of the city from the ramparts. Dress... More 

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Summerside, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

For Canadian history buffs, this is the place for you. Halifax was the key to British dominance of the new world. A fortress built so well and so strategically located it was invulnerable, therefore, never attacked. Consequently, this historic site is as completely intact as the day it was built - a must see....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Enjoyed this site - we arrived on a very rainy, blustery day but still managed to catch a full tour. Would have liked to see the cannon go off, but maybe another time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We took the grand kids to the Victorian Christmas.It really showed us how a soldier lived back when the citadel l was in full operation.Should be seen by all.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have been in Halifax many time and never had been there, however I did not know what I was missing. I went for the Victorian Christmas celebration and it was nice. If you have children this is ideal they can run around and dress up.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

if you like history, visit The Citadel, as haligonians call it. It is well worth the trip. Don't miss the noon-day gun.

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