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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada

How to Get There

Please note:

  • Access at Rainnie Drive Closed
    There will be a temporary closure of Rainnie Drive starting Wednesday, April 23, while the city of Halifax works on the Cogswell roundabout project.  As a result, visitors to the Halifax Citadel will not be able to enter and exit the site from Rainnie Dr.  However, access will remain possible from Ahern Avenue.  Visitors can also use the Sackville St. entrance. Rainnie Dr. is expected to remain closed until mid-June. Regular updates will be provided as work progresses. Further information is available at Further information is available at
  • The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is making improvements to its front gate. We encourage you to stay informed to ensure safe navigation of the site during construction. » Changes to the Front Gate

Ready to begin your Halifax Citadel National Historic Site adventure? Here’s how to find us.

Aerial view of Halifax Citadel and downtown Halifax © Parks Canada

Civic address: 5425 Sackville St. Halifax, NS
GPS coordinates: N 44.38760 W 063.34637

By foot:
Begin at the Halifax waterfront. Start uphill on any street and head toward Brunswick St. Look for the city’s famous Old Town Clock, which is located at the base of Citadel Hill. You should also see the signal flags of the Citadel flying high above the ramparts. Climb the stairs in front of the Clock and you’ll see the entrance for the Halifax Citadel. Alternatively, it is a gentler and more accessible climb to follow the sidewalk from the Sackville St. entrance (vehicle entrance).

By bus:
Metro Transit has multiple routes that service downtown Halifax. Although no bus routes service the Halifax Citadel directly, many do stop within a short walking distance of the site. For example, a number of bus routes stop by the Grand Parade on Barrington Street (including routes 1, 7, 9, 10, 14, 21, 23, 53, 59, 68, 20, 41, 80, 81). Visit Metro Transit for more information of route schedules and maps.

By car:
Visitors to Halifax can choose to enter the city on several major highways. Follow the road signage to downtown Halifax. There are two vehicle entrances to the Halifax Citadel - on Sackville St. and Rainnie Dr., next to the Halifax Common.

By plane:
Halifax is serviced by the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport, located 35 km from Halifax on Highway 102.

By rail:
Via Rail has regular train service to Halifax. The train station is located at 1161 Hollis St. To learn more about Via Rail and its schedules, visit