Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada

Parks Canada War of 1812 History Programming - Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2012


The War of 1812 was a turning point in Canada’s history and that’s why Parks Canada is proud to partner with Waterfront Development during the Tall Ships Festival to highlight the 200th anniversary of the war and bring this history alive. As the primary base of the Royal Navy’s North Atlantic squadron, Halifax was the key to the defence of British North America in 1812.

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Kids 1812 Activities, with Maritime Musuem of the Atlantic 

Thursday, July 19 12noon - 5pm
Friday, July 20 10am – 5pm
Saturday, July 21 10am – 5pm
Sunday, July 22 10am – 3pm
Halifax Waterfront – Near the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Calling all kids back to 1812! Enlist in the His Majesty’s army or be ‘pressed ganged’ into service with the Royal Navy. Try on replica 1812 sailor and soldier uniforms and march in a muster parade. Learn about life aboard ship using a holy stone, working a capstan, swing in a hammock, or how to signal with flags. Man the gun ports on an 1812 naval gun deck and don’t forget to pick up your 1812 memento.

1812 Musical Performances

Friday, July 20 10am – 5pm
Saturday, July 21 10am – 5pm
Sunday, July 22 10am – 3pm
Halifax Waterfront – Near the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Traditional military music will once again echo along the waterfront as it did in the ‘Age of Sail’. Marches and airs from the 1812 era will be performed by the Fifes and Drums of the 41st Regiment of Foot from Fort George National Historic Site at Niagara on the Lake and lively dance tunes will be played by the pipers and drummers of Halifax’s own 78th Highlanders.

Climb Aboard 1812 Tall Ships

Thursday, July 19 12noon - 5pm
Friday, July 20 10am – 5pm
Saturday, July 21 10am – 5pm
Sunday, July 22 10am – 3pm
Halifax Waterfront – Near the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Discover the local naval history of the War of 1812 aboard four 1812 Tall Ships. HMS Bounty’s marines will challenge you at the gangway, while sailors on Lynx will explain the ships role in serving in both the American and British Navies. Be greeted by American sailors and marines courtesy of the United States Parks Service at the Pride of Baltimore and watch out for privateers while visiting the tall ship Providence.

1812 Soldiers in Action, with Maritime Museum of the Atlantic 

Thursday, July 19 12noon - 5pm
Friday, July 20 10am – 5pm
Saturday, July 21 10am – 5pm
Sunday, July 22 10am – 3pm
Halifax Waterfront – Near the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Calling everyone back to 1812! Recruiting Serjeants and Naval Press gangs will roam the waterfront looking for both willing and not so willing recruits. Experience the spectacle of the War of 1812 with the changing of the guard on the hour or the musket and cannon firings every half hour. Soldiers will also perform drills and marches and present naval signals. Visit the ship’s surgeon and hear stories about medicine and health from 200 years ago.

1812 Free Shuttle Bus to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Thursday, July 19 10am – 4pm
Friday, July 20 10am – 4pm
Saturday, July 21 10am – 4pm
Sunday, July 22 10am – 4pm
Waterfront to Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
For a change of pace, and a great view of the Tall Ships, take the regular free shuttle to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and explore the War of 1812 tented camp and take in the new War of 1812 exhibit at the Army Museum. 1812 soldiers will engage you in stories of the era.

Halifax War of 1812 Walking Tour

Available anytime.
Parks Canada green tent, at the Experience Parks Canada Kiosk on the waterfront, or at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Grab a copy of the Halifax War of 1812 Walking Tour and follow the hour-long self-guided tour around the city and discover Halifax’s connection to the War of 1812. Tour begins at the waterfront and ends at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.

Experience Parks Canada 1812 Kiosk

Thursday, July 19 10am - 8pm
Friday, July 20 10am – 8pm
Saturday, July 21 10am – 8pm
Sunday, July 22 10am – 6pm
Monday, July 23 10am – 6pm
Halifax Waterfront – Near Queen’s Wharf
Take on the role of an 1812 sailor by getting marked with your period authentic tattoo (a temporary tattoo using high quality airbrushing). And don't forget to stop by and have your photo taken at the iconic 1812 art sculpture and meet with one of our re-enactors portraying the Royal Marines or the New Brunswick Fencibles from the War of 1812.

Georges Island Tall Ships Experience

Sunday, July 22
9am – 4pm
Georges Island National Historic Site
Get a rare chance to visit Georges Island National Historic Site and see Halifax harbour and the Tall Ships from a whole new vantage point. Discover many historic areas of the island, including Fort Charlotte and tour the amazing series of tunnels underground. For tickets: my-waterfront.ca

Halifax Citadel War of 1812 Sunset Ceremony

Sunday, July 22
8pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Take in the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site at dusk with a special performance telling Canada’s story of development as a nation from the War of 1812 to Confederation. Inside the walls of the historic fort, there will be a “Sunset Ceremony” – an evening tattoo featuring military music, battle demonstrations, and pageantry from the Georgian to the Victorian period, concluding with the Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and the best views of the nightly Tall Ships Fireworks. For tickets: my-waterfront.ca

Parks Canada’s 1812 on Tour

Thursday, July 19
Friday, July 20
Saturday, July 21
Sunday, July 22
Monday, July 23
Halifax Waterfront
Check out Parks Canada’s 1812 on Tour, a travelling experience which has made a special stop in Halifax for the Tall Ships Festival. Find out about the significance of the War of 1812 and learn more about visiting Parks Canada places to discover more about Canada and to be inspired.

Full Tall Ships Festival Schedule: my-waterfront.ca



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