Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, Halifax

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Step back in time at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, 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. Plan to visit Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Halifax attractions using our Halifax tour planning site .
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  • Free entry, parking with demonstration, music, cake and alot of happy people enjoying the great weather and military flair ol' school  more »
  • Citadel National Historic Site was alright. I found it to be lacking depth compared to other historical sites I have visited around the world. There is also almost an animosity towards people from Ont...  more »
  • This was my second time here (first time was 15 years ago), and first time with kids. It was everything I hoped it would be for them - a big open space they could explore and interact with, filled wit...  more »
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  • Fascinating piece of Canadian history! Be sure to visit at the strike of noon, when they fire the cannon! Staff are immersed in character and even offered to take silly pictures with our kids! Sadly the military museum was closed when we visited but we enjoyed touring about the place.
  • It was completely under construction so we couldn't walk the grounds. Understandable since they want to to get it ready for tourist season. Beautiful views of the city and harbour.
  • Very interesting place to visit. Well kept and maintained. It's a quick visit, but well worth. The view would be better if not for the buildings around. It's interesting to think how it dominated the area around when it was built.
  • I had not visited in over 20 years but everything was exactly as I remember it. The history is incredible. The staff at the gatehouse directing people were very helpful and pleasant. Once inside there were plenty of staff in period clothing happy to help and direct. Signage for various sites, safety and for visiting were clearly marked and the grounds were very clean and well maintained. We had our dog with us and the staff were very respectful in advising when there was something coming up that may cause fright and how to manage it. This is something I recommend to anyone visiting Halifax and you should allow yourself at least a few hours to tour as there is plenty to see and experience. Not something you want to rush through.
  • If you want to enjoy a serious piece of Canadian history, do not miss visiting Citadel. It is rich with history from he mid to late 1700's, with friendly Staff walking the property and always ready to answer any questions you might have. It's a long walk up that hill, but it is definitely worth it.
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