Special Events 2016
June 11 & 12
Hometown Heroes at the Halifax Citadel
Discover the untold stories of some of the many World War Hometown Heroes – the local men and women (and at least one horse) who served during the First World War. Visitors can share their own personal stories while they tour the completed First World War Trench Exhibit.
Friday, July 1
Celebrate Canada’s 149th 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 performances and don’t miss the official Canada Day cake served by a 78th Highlander.
July 16 & 17
Over the Top! Canada and Newfoundland at the Battle of the Somme, 1916
2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the largest and most destructive battles in history. Parks Canada and the Halifax Citadel will mark the anniversary with special hands-on programming in the 200 foot First World War trench exhibit, while re-enactors portraying Canada’s 25th Battalion and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment will stage demonstrations of battle tactics.
Friday, August 19
Freedom of the City with the 78th Highlanders
Freedom of the City is an honour granted to military or paramilitary groups in recognition of their service to a municipality. Since 1998, the 78th Highlanders has exercised this privilege by marching through the streets of Halifax with bayonets fixed, drums beating, and Colours flying. Take in the special squad inspection inside the Halifax Citadel starting at 11am and then follow the Highlanders to Grand Parade and onto Government House. Don’t miss the pageantry!
September 17 & 18
The Second Citadel in the age of Revolution Encampment
Members of various Maritime living history groups will again set up a military camp in the Citadel’s south ditch depicting British and Loyalist troops from the period of the American Revolution. Details of camp life, camp cooking, washing, everyday tasks, blacksmithing and children’s games will be featured and on Saturday afternoon a mock battle will take place on the slope of Citadel Hill. The Encampment opens Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Saturday, October 15
A Nation at War
Parks Canada welcomes visitors to discover the role the Halifax Citadel played during the World Wars, with a special focus on the participation of women in the Canadian forces. Special exhibits will include reconstructions of the role of nurses at the front in the First World War, and of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC), which had a depot at the Citadel during WWII.
Friday, November 11
Parks Canada, along with our partners the Army Museum Halifax Citadel and Halifax Citadel Regimental Association, is proud to take part in Remembrance Day commemorations in Halifax on November 11th.
From 10 am to 3 pm, Halifax Citadel National Historic Site's Army Museum, First World War Trench, and Visitor Centre will be open and admission is free. At 11 am, the 1st Field Artillery Regiment will fire a 21-gun salute followed by the noon gun.
Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the Army Museum's First World War exhibit, Road to Vimy and Beyond, which honours the sacrifice of the soldiers, many of them from Nova Scotia. The full-size simulated First World War Trench will provide visitors the chance to take a chilling glimpse at no man’s land through the eyes of a soldier and explore dugouts where men took their orders.
November 26 & 27, 12 noon to 4 p.m.
27th Annual Victorian Christmas at the Halifax Citadel
Make your way to the Halifax Citadel as the historic fort takes on a festive air with Victorian carols, crafts, games and, of course, Father Christmas. Enjoy some hot cider and don’t miss the Parks Canada Victorian photo booth - it’s the perfect way to capture some holiday magic to share with family and friends. Admission is free with a donation to FEED NOVA SCOTIA (non-perishable food item or cash donation). See full schedule
Tuesday, December 6
Halifax Explosion Remembrance
It has been 99 years since the Halifax Explosion devastated north end Halifax, killing 2000 people and wounding 9000 more, and destroying the city’s industrial centre. Parks Canada will mark the explosion at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site by firing a cannon from the ramparts at 9:05.35 am.
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