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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada


Staff at the Halifax Citadel have crafted many ways to transport you back in time to the life of a Victorian era soldier. Join a guided tour or explore the various sites within the fort on your own. Watch the noon firing of the gun, listen to the stirring sounds of the bagpipes, or join a signature experience and become part of the 78th Highlanders for the day. Educators can also join in an engaging Canadian history program.

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A guide provides visitors with a guided tour of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.
Guided Walking Tour
As your entertaining and period costumed guide takes you on a journey from modest barrack beds to the orderly room where soldiers reported, you are regaled with fascinating tales of the many generations that called the Citadel home.
Participants in the Soldier for a Day experience at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.
Soldier for a Day
Ever wondered what it felt like to don a British soldier’s uniform and perform military drills? If so, the Soldier for a Day experience is for you.
Two little girls dressed in Highlander uniforms at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.
Family Programs
Parks Canada offers fun ways for kids to learn about our history. The Xplorers program is packed with fun ways to learn by exploring, while the Citadel Adventures lets kids solve a 19th-century mystery.
A guide offers a candlelight visit of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.
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.
Soldiers aiming their rifles.
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?

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