World War I

Canada's participation in the First World War shaped the country and Canadian identity. More than 600,000 Canadians served in the First World War, while more than 60,000 Canadians lost their lives. This is an opportunity to honour those who served. Halifax was the main shipping point from Canada to Europe—troops, convoys of supplies, munitions; the major base for escort ships, anti-submarine patrols. During the First World War, Halifax was where troops last stepped on Canadian soil when going overseas and the first part of Canada on which they stepped on their return.

World War II

More than one million Canadian men and women enlisted, while more than 44,000 gave their lives in the fight for peace and freedom in the Second World War. While Canadian troops headed to Europe to assist Allied forces, Canada also mobilized its coastal defences against a possible German attack. The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site served as the Halifax headquarters for anti-aircraft defences during the Second World War, and the collective Halifax Defence Complex protected the entrance to the harbour.

Hometown Heroes

historic WWII image soldiers boarding ship

Canada’s participation in the First World War (1914-1918) and the Second World War (1939-1945) touched every community in this country. Discover the compelling stories of several Nova Scotian Hometown Heroes

Commemorative Exhibits

view of WWII Juno beach recreation exhibit with beach obstacles

WWII "Storm the Beach" D-Day Experience
Re-trace the steps of the Canadian soldiers who stormed Juno Beach on June 6, 1944. Step off the landing craft onto the beach at Normandy. Move past the beach obstacles towards to the seawall. Imagine the gunfire from the bunker as you breach the defences of the dreaded Atlantic Wall.

Halifax at War: 1944 - A Virtual Reality Experience
Travel back in time to June 1944 and re-live Halifax during the Second World War
Experience a Virtual reality-powered panoramic 360° view of the Halifax Harbour as it was in 1944

Two experiences available:
North Viewing Platform – “A Lifeline for Europe”
South Viewing Platform – “To Defend and Protect”

Army Museum WWII exhibit

Trail of the Canadian Army, 1939-1945
This Army Museum exhibit commemorates the strong and influential role Canadian soldiers played in the Second World War, considered the largest military mobilization in history. Come and follow the trail of the Canadian army--and discover how our soldiers played an important role in some of the most pivotal moments of the war.

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Halifax Citadel Army Museum