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Special Events 2015

Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 6th - Sunday, June 7th – Old Town Clock OPEN for Annual Doors Open Event

Old Town Clock

Parks Canada is offering visitors the chance to peek inside the ground level of the Old Town Clock, part of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, during Doors Open Halifax on June 6 and 7. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., walk inside, see old and new images of the clock and learn more about this iconic landmark. For safety reasons, the upper floors will not be accessible.



Saturday, June 13th – Canada and the Great War

Interpreters in a trench at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site Discover what life was like in the trenches.
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Join Parks Canada and partners as they present visitors with a unique opportunity to learn more about this important chapter in Canada’s history. Visitors will discover aspects of life on the Western Front in our new Trench Experience, watch displays of battle tactics, talk to uniformed interpreters, and see unique artifacts and special films. The Army Museum's exhibit, Road to Vimy and Beyond, honours the sacrifice of the soldiers, many of them from Nova Scotia.


Wednesday, July 1st – Canada Day – FREE Admission

Celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday at the official Halifax City celebration inside the walls of the historic Halifax Citadel. It all starts with the firing of the iconic noon cannon followed by the traditional 21-gun salute. Enjoy bands, choirs, military drill and don’t miss the official Canada Day cake served by a 78th Highlander. The Canadian flag turns 50 this year – don’t miss the opportunity to salute the flag with a special birthday greeting – stay tuned for details.

Saturday, July 18th – Sunday, July 19th – Poppies in July

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Dr. John McCrae’s composition of the poem “In Flanders’ Fields,” the most widely recognized verse written during World War I. Join us to learn about the enormous sacrifices made by McCrae and his comrades in the Canadian Corps of during the “Great War” of 1914-18, discover life in the trenches of Flanders by touring our expanded Trench Experience, learn about the medical practices of the day, watch military demonstrations and performances of music from the time of the First World War.

Friday, August 21th – Freedom of the City

Join the Halifax Citadel’s own 78th Highlanders as they exercise the Freedom of the City of Halifax by parading through the downtown with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed. The march to Grand Parade and Government House follows a special inspection of the squad starting at 11am inside the historic fort. Don’t miss the pageantry!

Saturday, September 19th - Sunday, September 20th – 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 a mock battle, camp cooking and costumes of the period, musket and cannon firings, and displays of military medical techniques.

Saturday, October 17th - Sunday, October 18th – Remembering the World Wars

Parks Canada and volunteer living history enthusiasts present a special display illustrating the Canada’s involvement in the two world conflict inside the walls of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. The display will include a WWI trench, a WWI obstacle course, uniforms, weapons, models and costumed re-enactors. The Army Museum's exhibit, Road to Vimy and Beyond, 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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