It’s obvious why this strategic hilltop location with a commanding view of the Halifax harbour was chosen in 1749 for the fort destined to protect the city. The Halifax Citadel’s star shaped architecture is equally as impressive from the inside and out. Step back in time with the 78th Highlanders and the 3rd Brigade Royal Artillery to learn what it was like for the soldiers and their families to live and work in this historic fort. Learn what roles the fort and it’s inhabitants played over time. Learn more

Featured things to do

Family programs

From drills to drums - experience what it was like to be a soldier inside this 19th-century fort! Or how about solving a 19th century mystery? With the Citadel Adventures you can spy on the Citadel and help foil the enemy’s plans. You can also discover the Halifax Citadel in a fun new way by becoming an official Halifax Citadel Xplorer!

Ghost tour - Dare to be scared

Many ghostly legends haunt this historic British fort. Are they true? Decide for yourself as you descend into the shadows of the Halifax Citadel after dark to hear accounts of chilling apparitions and unexplained happenings.

Ready, aim fire!

You've seen the powerful rifle demonstrations - and now you can experience for yourself the full firing power of an authentic Snider-Enfield rifle. Ready to take your best shot?

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa and the lockage permit

Your free pass to discovery

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at Parks Canada’s historic canals.

Get your free 2017 seasonal lockage permit

Canada 150

Sites nearby

  • Georges Island National Historic Site

    A drumlin created by glacial deposits thousands of years ago, Georges Island sits in the centre of Halifax Harbour and was at the heart of military action for hundreds of years.

  • Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site

    Built in 1796-97 to protect against French attack, the Prince of Wales Tower was the first of its kind in North America. Visitors can explore its history, architectural features and significance as a defensive structure.

  • Fort McNab National Historic Site

    From the 1880s and for more than half a century, Fort McNab played a key role in the Halifax Defence System, guarding one of the British Empire’s (and then Canada’s) most significant naval stations.

  • York Redoubt National Historic Site

    An integral part of Halifax’s Defense Complex, York Redoubt helped protect this strategic port city from military attack for over 200 years. Walking paths and interpretive panels help tell its impressive story.

Hours of operation

May 7 to October 31
Grounds open year-round
Complete schedule

Fees

Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 902-426-5080
Email: halifax.citadel@pc.gc.ca