Special Events 2015
Saturday, July 18th – Sunday, July 19th – Poppies in July
The poppy has come to symbolise the sacrifices of so many during the First World War – and 100 years after John McCrae penned In Flanders Fields, the poppy endures as a symbol of remembrance, honouring those who lost their lives in battle. Join Parks Canada at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site for a special commemoration of the centenary of this famous poem, and learn more about life at the Western front during the First World War.
Tour a 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. Don’t miss the powerful sounds of the 25th battalion pipes and drums following the noon gun and the impressive battle demonstration in parade square at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Freedom of the City © Parks Canada
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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