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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada

5425 Sackville Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
+1 902-426-5080
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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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5425 Sackville Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Downtown Halifax
+1 902-426-5080
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful walking tour on a nice day. Lovely grounds and views. Adequate parking. Time well spent on a great Halifax tour.

Thank MaryandBobontheroad
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Having read the reviews for the citadel, I was so excited to go see it! It is visually interesting and the interpretive panels are informative, extensive, and very lovely. Really, this seems like it could have been a really excellent place to spend some time....More

Thank Robin P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very interesting. Loved watching the kids dressed in old style uniforms doing drills, shooting guns. Walking thru trenches a unique experience.

Thank patricia w
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

So unfortunately my family and I visited the site while it was either (a) closed (b) under construction or both, we weren't sure. Anyways we did a quick walk around and saw inside the citadel at no cost. I think this place would have been...More

Thank FishinPhil
Reviewed 4 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Citadel, allow yourself plenty of time as we easily spent several hours there. The costumed intrepreters brought the history of the place to life. They are always wandering around as if they were based in the fort. Cant beat...More

Thank JudyGraham
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I climbed the hill up to the Citadel to learn more about the city and its history. Located above downtown, the fort is mostly invisible from below, but once you approach, you will find thick walls and buttresses and a wide deep trench surrounding the...More

Thank GoAlong2
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a large fort that was built to protect the city of Halifax. They have guided tours of the fort or you can go on your own. No charge for the guided tour. All of the people are dressed in Scottish garb of the...More

Thank William M
Reviewed 4 days ago

One of the must do in Halifax, plan three to four hours for roaming the grounds and learning a lot about the site history. People on site (soldiers/guides) really friendly and helpful. If possible, try to get there around noon for the firing of the...More

Thank Ast838
Reviewed 4 days ago

From the clock tower to the booming of the noon cannon and the changing of the guard this is a must see stop. There are pipers playing, re-enactment doctors, nurses, soldiers and a WW 1 trench to get the feel of that war. Fun for...More

Thank Kenneth F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Loved the visit - it was informative and lots of history and artifacts to see - family is army so this was of great interest to see.

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May 15, 2017|
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Response from T3544JRjenniferb | Reviewed this property |
Hello Yes dog are allowed as long as on a leash, they just are not allowed in the buildings. Hope this helps and have an amazing time while you explore.
May 8, 2017|
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Response from Diane S | Reviewed this property |
Hello, I just contacted Citdel Hill and the fort regarding your second question. They have public washrooms only. But, she stated their is a coffee shop on site which has a bit more privacy. Hope this helps.
January 10, 2017|
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Response from ParksCanadaMNS | Property representative |
The Halifax Citadel is open year round and interpreters fire the noon gun everyday however full programming including access to the exhibits, films, Army Museum, and guided tours is available starting May 7-October 31. For... More