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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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Halifax Citadel on Canada Day 2016

We visited the citadel on Canada Day. It was crowded, but we had visited already the day before, and just wanted to return for the festivities. As Americans, it was interesting... read more

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Lake Jackson, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the citadel on Canada Day. It was crowded, but we had visited already the day before, and just wanted to return for the festivities. As Americans, it was interesting to see how Canadians celebrated the day, complete with 21-gun salute, speeches, patriotic music by choir and band, and free cake. It was a unique experience (for us) and... More 

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Wellesley, Canada
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A striking complex with well described historical significance. There's a warren of small dark rooms and corridors to explore and the view of the courtyard from the walls is great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This historic site is free and really a highlight of visiting Halifax. A must see with excellent tours and informed university students working there.It's a must see!

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Ontario, Canada
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Interesting and a fun way to learn from history if you have time and/or looking for a good walk up hill. There is a $12 entry fee.

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The streets in Halifax are very sloped and to get to the top of the city you must walk up. It's not a complete vertical walk but it's in the range. I would use the term "lunenburgish" but I won't to avoid any possible slighting of the people in Halifax.

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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We toured this hill-top fort in the mid-morning and had a great time. We took one of the hourly tours led by a well-versed student in Scots uniform. This ended at the noon cannon firing. Throughout the morning there were drills going on and at intervals one or more bagpipe and drum group played. The guides are all students and... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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We enjoyed this thoroughly, although there should be a military and RCMP discount. The firing of the cannons was excellent, as well as the tour, but for a short tour I don't think they should charge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very informative location for Canadian history. I had never realized that there was never a shot fired in anger from the Citadel. The costumed performers were very authentic looking. Loved the costumes and the history. Make sure to bring a jacket, there is a heck of a breeze up there!

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Cheap admission price. Easy parking. Ride up the hill is fun. Recreation of military in the past by actors was beautiful. They talked like they were in the present. " I play beagle as a. Ipod playing for the officers. The drum boy is at the front line". " I sleep here in the barracks. We cook food on the... More 

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Whitby, Canada
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Really well done, not just a place to walk around but also some really excellent exhibits. Wwi trench was awesome.

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