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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 yesterday

We spent most of our morning here. We took the free guided tour that takes place every hour. Our Guide Philippe was great. He was funny and full of information. We were there for the cannon shot that takes place everyday at noon. When you...More

Thank swiss2006
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It's a great experience even if you live in town, go inside and see how the fortress functioned in the 1700s and on. It's interesting that the hill is a national historic park of Canada right in the middle of the city. It takes about...More

Thank H441957
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You can't miss this place, but you can miss how to explore the place. You drive up the hill, but there is no guidance about going for a tour. Drive around for a bit, catch the nice view for 30 seconds, then there is a...More

Thank PottsyMJ
Reviewed yesterday

We visited this in July and were stunned by the importance and military heritage that this place offered.

Thank Chreez905
Reviewed yesterday

Unfortunately we did not have enough time to spend at the Citadel as we would have liked. This is a living museum where they bring the day to day life of the citadel circa 1870's. The re-enactments were great. They have Drill demonstrations in the...More

Thank Patti K
Reviewed yesterday

My husband was more enthused about visiting The Citadel than I was, but I was transported to 1869 once we entered the edifice! It served as a military deterrent and was never attacked, but the fortress was well prepared! There are Sentry Changes every hour,...More

Thank northdallaswoman
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was a rainy day and we chose to visit the citadel. Although the weather was bad we had a good time. The staff is quite enthusiastic in their jobs and everyone we met was very well prepared for the role he or she had...More

Thank Worldtraveller_DK
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very educational tour,learned a lot about the early life of the military men,how they live and how to depend the country in general.

Thank dean d
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our family of four visited the Citadel on a rainy weekday. It was still rather busy and I could imagine that these types of days would have been hard on soldiers in the pounding rain. It is free entry for Canada's 150, which was super!...More

Thank DeathRacerEdmonton
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You have to go see the canon firing at noon! We have visited many historical sights and this is at the top of our list. All the staff are well trained and knew how to answer all of our questions. You can stand surprisingly close...More

Thank CrossCanada
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15 May 2017|
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Response from Stuart T | Reviewed this property |
I believe so. There weren't signs saying not. Maybe not great when the cannons go off.
9 May 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.
11 January 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