Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax

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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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TripAdvisor
  • Give yourself a good two hours plus to visit this site. Very little wind inside the fort so it can be hot a bit during a heat wave. Friendly interpreters but few actors during my second visit. Many ro...  more »
  • There is so much history at this site that every Canadian should know about. I was able to walk around freely, explore or join a tour to learn moor. What a beautify restoration. 
  • Such history and knowledge! The staff are wonderful in character and able to answer any question you have (we tried!). Highly reccommend a visit there to take in the views and learn a little about the...  more »
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  • As a local, the Citadel is one of those places that you walk/drive by on a regular basis and can see it from a distance but never really think about. It's not until you get visitors from out of town that you take there that you realize the full historical significance of the place. It's steeped in history that's much older than other sites down the eastern seaboard. I recommend taking a guided tour to fill you in on all the details. There's also the firing of cannons and British-style guards to endlessly entertain young children. Treat for the whole family; whether local or from abroad.
  • It's a really neat fort it doesn't look like much from the bottom of the hill but it's really impressive once you get up there. And they still fire a cannon every day at noon like they have for the last 150 years or so. Definitely go around noon to see that.
  • Loved exploring the grounds. The interactive world war 1 trenches were cool and the staff were all very friendly. The cannon at noon is a must see. Lastly, the museum portion with personal effects was quite interesting. The site held my 9 year olds attention for the entire time we were there which was a good 4 1/2 hours. He was even able to go on a spy mission which we both found fun.
  • This was a ton of fun, and the reenactments handled by the dedicated staff are really impressive. There's a lot to learn here, it's a legitimate piece of Halifax history that you shouldn't miss if you are visiting this great city.
  • This is definitely a highlight of visiting Halifax. It's fun place with a lot of history. There are a lot of people dressed periodically to give information. Everyday they fire the cannon on noon. Be sure to be there for that. Also, I recommend taking the tour which is included in admission. There is very little shade and a lot of walking. Bring sunscreen and water and good walking shoes. There is a little cafe and store for other little things.