Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax

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Military Museum Historic Site
Step back in time at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a 250-year-old hilltop fortification overlooking the city. Learn about thecitadel's rich military history by taking a guided tour and observing costumed re-enactments. You can even find out what it was like working in the fort with the "Soldier for a Day" activity, which involves donning a uniform and taking part in drills. Fire authentic rifles of the time, and take ghostly night tours. After absorbing so much history, take a moment to refresh in the coffee bar, or peruse the gift shop. A visit to Halifax Citadel National Historic Site represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Halifax itinerary builder to plot your vacation.
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  • The citadel is worth a visit if you really enjoy history and have a knowledgeable guide to share insights with you. We waited for the noon gun to fire but of all days the canon mis-fired and did not g...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit to the Citadel in Halifax. We arrived in time to see the daily twelve o'clock cannon volley. The view was breathtaking. One of the highlights was my husband, dressed in a wool uni...  more »
  • A great place to step back in time ! the "actors" thru out the fort are very informative the views incredible and i enjoyed the displays especially the "art of war " display in the afghanistan room !  more »
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  • An excellent and very informative experience. Visiting the citadel is both enjoyable and sobering. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. There was the added bonus of the entrance fee being waived for Canada 150, but their prices are extremely reasonable regardless. I highly recommend visiting, whether you do the tour or guide yourself. There's a lot to see and learn.
  • Well maintained and pretty interesting to look at. A small gift shop is located here as well as a coffee shop and plenty of museum type information rooms. This location has had some historical significance throughout a number of the big wars. Definitely worth a look if you're interested in history.
  • Very cool place to visit. There is a free one hour tour of the Citadel. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job keeping everyone informed and entertained. Parking is cheap ($3) and there is also a museum on site. You are also free to walk around the Citadel if you prefer to explore on your own.
  • This Citadel is a must-see in Halifax. There have been restorations of most structures, and actors dress up in clothes from the period. There's even a black powder musket demonstration. There is also a fascinating WWII trenches exhibit available for a walk through so you can get a glimpse of what soldiers had experienced. Overall excellent tourist and locals destination.
  • Nice monument where you can trace back the history of Halifax and Canada. Friendly staff are there to walk you through the showcases there and answer any questions you may have. It is also a great place to see the city of Halifax from above and a great place to take pictures! One of the worth-to-see sites if you are a tourist in Halifax!