Over the Top! Canada and Newfoundland at the Battle of the Somme, 1916 – July 16 & 17
Join Parks Canada at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site for a special First World War commemoration. Tour the 280 ft full-size simulated trench and meet reenactors of the 25th battalion - Nova Scotia Rifles, who would have called this trench home during some of the most bitter battles of the war. Explore dugouts where men took their orders, and take a chilling glimpse at no man’s land through the eyes of a soldier. Step into the nurses’ tent and find out how front-line medicine worked against all odds to save lives. Visit the Army Museum and discover the compelling stories of many Nova Scotians who lived, fought and died during the Great War and other conflicts.
9:00 - Trench tours begin; explore the Halifax Citadel’s 300 foot trench exhibit, and live the “in the trenches” experience of WWI.
10:30 - Snider vs. Lee-Enfield demonstration; interpreters will demonstrate the differences between the rifles used at the Halifax Citadel representing the late 1800s, compared to the modernized weaponry of the First World War.
12:00 - Pipes & Drums, Recruiting Demo; join the forces! Sign your papers and report for duty.
13:00 - Troop inspection
14:00 - Section Attack Demo; witness WWI tactics demonstrated by interpreters from the Halifax Citadel and Signal Hill National Historic Sites
15:30 - Snider vs Lee Enfield Demo
16:00 - Mini Concert
Throughout the day, the Newfoundland Chocolate Company will be on site with a taste of modern-day chocolate rations: an essential component of a soldier’s daily ration. The Newfoundland Chocolate Company is commemorating 100th anniversary of the battle of Beaumont-Hamel – an enormously significant event which took place on July 1, 1916 and saw the near destruction of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. To recognize this anniversary, a "ration package" was produced to represent the daily ration of chocolate provided to soldiers in the trench 100 years ago.
Also on site, "First World War comes to life!", a fully-animated exhibit, will explore the lesser known wartime contributions of the Canadian men and women who served beyond the trenches, both at home and overseas. Join a victory rally and ‘knit your bit’ for the boys on the front, explore the inside of a 1918 Ford Ambulance and train for your First Aid Nursing certificate, keep the lines of communication open and send a message by carrier pigeon, sow the seeds of victory in your very own backyard war garden, inspect the handiwork of a munitionette and see if you are fit for factory war work.
Dare to be scared - Ghost Walks at the Citadel are back!
Starting July 8th & 9th, join a spirited tour of Halifax’s historic fort after dark and discover the haunted secrets and fascinating history of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. What about these stories of ghostly apparitions reported by visitors and staff? Are they fact or scary fiction? Wander by candlelight along the fort’s ramparts, dungeons and dimly lit passageways in this thrilling and one of a kind haunting experience. Tours are approximately 70 minutes long and are available on Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 8:30 pm and go until October 29th.
Meet at the front gate. Private Group Tours are also available. Fees are $12 for adults, $10 for students/seniors (65+), $8 for youth (6-16) and $35 for a family. For more information call 426-1990.
Commemorating the World Wars
Through special exhibits and events, Parks Canada invites Canadians to learn more about the World Wars and the crucial role civilians and those in the armed forces played in protecting and building their communities and thus Canada as a whole. » Commemorating the World Wars
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