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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada

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Address: 5425 Sackville St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3Y3, Canada
Phone Number: 902-426-5080
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Experience an exciting part of Canada's history by visiting this...

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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Road trip 2016

Living history at its best. The actors were knowledgeable about the time period and able to answer questions.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Not worth paying money for the guide, but go on your own and it's a beautiful sight, but a short one. 15 minutes tops, and you've seen it all twice already 😉 It's a nice spot to relax in the summer and during concerts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Living history at its best. The actors were knowledgeable about the time period and able to answer questions.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved our visit on Monday, July 25. Took the guided tour, loved it. The staff was great and the site is beautiful. We could really imagine being there during that period! Will be back again.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you enjoy history this is a typically site to see on the beaten path in Halifax. It is similar to other historic military sites in Canada, particularly Quebec.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a well run and kept citadel. It has a great number of costumed, 'in character' performers/workers who are well informed and very helpful in making the experience as informative and enjoyable as possible. What we particularly liked was that they were not corny or trying too hard. They all happily talked to you as modern day people but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The 40-min guided tour is worth the time. Be sure to stop by information booth to get times of demonstrations. My 4 kids ages 11-16 enjoyed the short film and the tour but we're ready to go after the tour and photos from top of the wall. Great way to spend 2 hours (at least) especially on a beautiful day.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lots of interesting corners to this site with various artifacts and good views over the area, noon canon will wake you up along with the musket firing demonstrations. Cafe on site serves coffee and simple snacks

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One of our first stops in Halifax. So much history here. The bag pipes and drums were most entertaining. There is a cost (just under $12)but well worth it. Plan to spend s few hours there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A visit here starts with a steep climb to the top, so be prepared. It was worth the effort. They offer free tours with paid admission, or you can wander by yourself. You can watch the cannon firing, rifle shooting, and marching. All the guides are in costume. It really made history come alive. You can walk on the walls,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The most wonderful wedding venue with a large tent for dinner in the courtyard, cocktail reception on the ramparts. the staff were exceptional and assisted with advice and information. RCR catering were exceptional and by all accounts the food was spectacular.

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