Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, Halifax

4.6
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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  • We were there at mid day so saw, and heard, the gun being fired. Interesting buildings and good staff who interact with visitors and who impart very interesting information.  more »
  • We visited on a recent visit to Halifax. We saw the noon day gun and the changing of the guard. Plenty of people watching. It was very interesting to see this reenactment. Try to get there early becau...  more »
  • Really nice experience. Got to really experience the history of the fort and learn about what life was like. Also enjoyed the war museum and the WW1 era trench.  more »
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  • This is a wonderful experience! Lots of historical displays and people in period costume to explain things. There is opportunity to dress in the typical soldier's uniform complete with kilt and headdress. And you can shoot one of the rifles. There are bagpipers and artillery displays as well as museum exhibits. Try to be there for the firing of the noon cannon which occurs daily!
  • We stopped here with the hop on hop off bus. We have two small boys. They really liked seeing the people who pretend to be from the history. The set ups were really neat. It was fun walking around learning about the history. Would recommend you bring water with you on hot days.
  • A very iconic park of Halifax, put this on your “must do” list. Lots of areas for the kids to run around and you’ll learn a thing or two about the history of Canada. I highly recommend watching the short film near the entrance to help explain the importance of the hill (be careful though, we noticed a lot of black specks of plastic on our ears and face after using their headphones)
  • It's a very interesting place to visit, everyone is dress depending on his roll in the Citadel. I was very happy because they know their history. I was able to talk with the teacher of the school, a soldier and a nurse (she looked like an angel). I was specially impressed by the man in the picture (He was a military) who was explaining the strategy used in war. The way he talks about the history make it feel like a story.
  • This is definitely a place to spend the day.. they have bagpipe players and people that play rolls just as it was back in the day where the fort was used. The view is beautiful when they do cut the grass back from the Hills. This place is good for all ages. If you have a Canadian park pass this is covered with no cost except for parking which cost us $3. 50 for the day.
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