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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada

Special Events 2014

Canada Day concert Mascot with visitors
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June 7 and June 8 - Doors Open Halifax and the Old Town Clock

For Doors Open Halifax, from 10am to 4pm, Parks Canada will be giving people the chance to peek inside the ground level of the Old Town Clock, part of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. There will be historic images presenting a timeline of the Old Town Clock’s history as well as pictures of the upper floors and the clock’s mechanisms. From 1pm to 4pm each day, people will have the opportunity to visit with an historian. For safety reasons, the upper floors will not be available. For more information on Doors Open Halifax, visit

June 7th - Halifax Citadel Commemoration Concert

Enjoy the sights and sounds of young musicians performing inside the historic walls of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Performers from the Dartmouth All-City Senior Concert Band will join forces with the Cadet Tri-Service band to perform traditional music from this era dating back to the War of 1812.

June 7- 8th - Second World War D-Day Display

Join Parks Canada and the World War II Living History Association as they mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1945) with the opportunity to tour displays inside the walls of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Displays featuring uniformed re-enactors, dioramas, models and authentic period vehicles help tell the story of this historic milestone.


Tuesday, July 1st - Canada Day - FREE ADMISSION

The official HRM celebration continues to be a huge draw for Haligonians to celebrate the nation’s birthday. It all starts with the firing of the iconic noon cannon followed by the traditional 21-gun salute. Take in the Bands, choir, military drill and the official Canada Day cake served by a Highlander – be part of this annual historic celebration!

July 19th - Parks Day

Join Parks Canada as Canadians celebrate Parks Day by visiting local parks and Historic Sites across the country. At the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, visitors can enjoy a showcase of pageantry and fun with the 78th Highlanders. Get up close to the noon gun, take your photo with a sentry and get a new appreciation for the bagpipes – who said history can’t be fun!


August 4th - 100th anniversary of the First World War

August 4th 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, and the Halifax Citadel is commemorating the event with a unique opportunity for all visitors to learn more about this important chapter in history. Listen as the people at the very heart of it recount key moments of the early hours of the Great War that was to forever change Canada. Get a sense of what it was like to enlist for service at a recruiting station, and find out how the brave men and women who served lived through these difficult times. Soldiers in WW1 uniforms, films and displayed artifacts give visitors a glimpse into wartime life. Witness the firing of four field guns - one for every year that the war lasted. Visit the Army Museum's newest exhibit, Road to Vimy and Beyond , which honours the sacrifice of the soldiers, many of them from Nova Scotia. The commemoration will begin after the noon gun firing, from 12:10 pm to 4 pm, on Monday August 4.

August 16th - Fab Forts

The Halifax Citadel, one of Great Britain’s most impressive forts, was built to protect a city, a culture and a way of life! Fab Forts Day is your opportunity to rediscover why the Citadel is so fabulous! Enjoy fun activities for the whole family; don’t miss the launch of Citadel Adventure, an exciting spy mission for kids that lets them find clues and save the fort! Catch the rifle firing demonstrations, enjoy the bagpipes and drums and watch soldiers as they carry out their military drills. It all happens between 10 am and 4 pm.

August 22nd - Freedom of the City

Join the 78th Highlanders as they exercise the Freedom of the City of Halifax by parading through the town with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed! It all starts with an inspection inside the walls of the historic Citadel followed by a march to Grand Parade and onto Government House. Don’t miss the excitement!


Saturday, September 20-21st - American Revolutionary War Encampment

Find out what life was like at the time of the American Revolution at our annual living history encampment, as up to one hundred historic re-enactors set up an authentic military camp in the Citadel’s ditch. Special displays will include camp cooking, costumes of the period, musket and cannon firings, and displays of military medical techniques. Come and see our mock battle on the slope of the hill on Saturday at one o'clock, and an eighteenth century wedding at three o'clock!


October 18-19th - First World War Display

As part of the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, volunteer living history enthusiasts will present a special display illustrating the early months of Canada’s involvement inside the walls of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. The display will include a recreated recruiting office, uniforms and equipment. In addition, the Army Museum will commemorate the centennial starting in May 2014 with a special exhibit entitled, The Road to Vimy and Beyond. The exhibit tells the story of how Nova Scotia and Canada contributed to the Allied victory with a focus on the individual soldiers and units that took part in the Great War.

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