Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada

Special Events 2014

Canada Day concert Mascot with visitors
Canada Day
© Parks Canada/H. Thompson

Special Events by Month
Community Events
Community Events


Sunday, April 6th - 3rd Annual MEC Citadel Highlander Race
Mountain Equipment Co-op and Parks Canada bring you the chance to run through the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and experience 19th century history in a whole new way! Three runs are offered (Kids 1K Race and Adult 5K and 10K) providing a unique opportunity for runners and spectators alike to see firsthand what makes the Halifax Citadel fort so impressive! Runners will enjoy spectacular vistas of Halifax from all levels of the fort including the perimeter road and the ramparts, not to mention the steep incline up Citadel Hill!

The Youth Run (12 and under) starts at 8:40 am. Kids are invited to don a kilt and become a ‘Highlander’ as they run through the Citadel’s star shaped defensive ditch- the Citadel’s own 78th Highland Regiment will put them through some Highlander drills before the run begins. The 5K & 10K races will start together at 9:30 am.

Parks Canada, Run Nova Scotia and volunteers from Mountain Equipment Co-op will all be on hand to ensure your experience is more than historic. Spectators are invited to join in the fun and wander the inside of the Halifax Citadel NHS at no charge. To register for the races, visit http://events.mec.ca or call Mountain Equipment Co-op for more information 902-421-2667. Rain date: Sunday, April 20th.


Saturday, June 7th - Halifax Citadel Commemoration Concert
Enjoy the sights and sounds of young musicians performing inside the historic walls of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Performers from the Dartmouth All-City Senior Concert Band will join forces with the Cadet Tri-Service band to perform traditional music from this era dating back to the War of 1812.

June 7- 8th - Second World War D-Day Display
Join Parks Canada and the World War II Living History Association as they mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1945) with the opportunity to tour displays inside the walls of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Displays featuring uniformed re-enactors, dioramas, models and authentic period vehicles help tell the story of this historic milestone.


Tuesday, July 1st - Canada Day - FREE ADMISSION
The official HRM celebration continues to be a huge draw for Haligonians to celebrate the nation’s birthday. It all starts with the firing of the iconic noon cannon followed by the traditional 21-gun salute. Take in the Bands, choir, military drill and the official Canada Day cake served by a Highlander – be part of this annual historic celebration!

Saturday, July 19th - Parks Day
Join Parks Canada as Canadians celebrate Parks Day by visiting local parks and Historic Sites across the country. At the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, visitors can enjoy a showcase of pageantry and fun with the 78th Highlanders. Get up close to the noon gun, take your photo with a sentry and get a new appreciation for the bagpipes – who said history can’t be fun!


Saturday, August 16th - Fab Forts
The Halifax Citadel, one of Great Britain’s most impressive forts, was built to protect a city, a culture and a way of life! Fab Forts Day is your opportunity to rediscover why the Citadel is so fabulous! Enjoy fun activities for the whole family.

Friday, August 22nd - Freedom of the City
Join the 78th Highlanders as they exercise the Freedom of the City of Halifax by parading through the town with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed! It all starts with an inspection inside the walls of the historic Citadel followed by a march to Grand Parade and onto Government House. Don’t miss the excitement!


Saturday, September 20-21st - American 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 camp cooking, costumes of the period, musket and cannon firings, and a mock battle on Saturday!


October 18-19th - First World War Display
As part of the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, volunteer living history enthusiasts will present a special display illustrating the early months of Canada’s involvement inside the walls of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. The display will include a recreated recruiting office, uniforms and equipment. In addition, the Army Museum will commemorate the centennial starting in May 2014 with a special exhibit entitled, The Road to Vimy and Beyond. The exhibit 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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