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“History Comes Alive”

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada
Ranked #8 of 154 things to do in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The many interpretive exhibits explain the historical backstory, but re-enactments and tours help to bring the Citadel to life. Much of the Citadel has been restored, with cannons, buildings and ramparts nicely maintained. Sentinels can be seen guarding the entrance and changing of the guard ceremonies occur every two hours and occasional bagpipe & drum and munitions demonstrations occur as well. Beautiful views of the city.

Thank MrandMrsStJohn
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can't visit Halifax without at least spending a couple of hours at the Citadel. Make sure that the weather is fine (at least not raining) to get the most out of it. You will spend the majority of your time outdoors discovering the site.

Make sure that you are equipped with a camera as you have many beautiful shots to take. keep your eyes and ears open, as the soldiers are reenacting some parts of history. Beautiful to watch.

Thank BGMarc
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came for a 7th bithday. Very unique and hands on. Group activities included marching and tours around the fort. Party room was small and rustic as expected. Host/guide was really authentic and knowledgeable. Weather was cold which took away from the experience but couldn't be helped.

Thank RealRater
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great visit here! Loved learning about the history. And the museum is amazing! So many artifacts and stories. A great place!!

Thank ferreilo
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great history, a must visit. We arrived just in time for the noon gun, great show! The Army Museum in the Citadel was an unexpected extra, well worth a visit. Beautiful views of the city too. Had a quick lunch onsite as well, great sandwiches.

Thank one1worldtraveller
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