Halifax played an important role during the World Wars as an assembly point for supply convoys and troops heading overseas. During the First World War, Halifax was the last bit of Canadian soil on which many troops would tread, and the first when they returned. During the Second World War, the Halifax Citadel served as a transit barracks, the headquarters for the city’s anti-aircraft defences, and a depot for the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. The Halifax Defence Complex was also active in coastal defence.

Discover Halifax in wartime with the following experiences:


Halifax at War in 1944: TimeLooper mobile app (available online)

An image of a mobile phone displays the interface of the Timelooper app.

Explore Halifax Harbour as it was during the Second World War on your mobile device! Download the TimeLooper mobile app to use at home or during your visit to the Halifax Citadel! Learn how Halifax defended itself and contributed to the war effort in Europe as you immerse yourself in this 360o experience.

Explore two views:

  • “A Lifeline for Europe” presents the view of Halifax from the north end of the Halifax Citadel and explores the city’s contribution to the war effort.
  • “To Defend and Protect” presents the view of Halifax from the south end of the Halifax Citadel and shows the defences that protected this crucial harbour.

The TimeLooper app transports the viewer to the past using historical 360o panoramic images brought to life with virtual reality and augmented reality technology. These location-based experiences allow the viewer to see and explore a moment in the past.

A woman holds a cardboard virtual reality set of goggles as she stands in front of a city landscape at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.
TimeLooper app

How to use the Parks Canada TimeLooper experiences:

  • Download the TimeLooper app from the App Store or Google Play
  • Open the TimeLooper app
  • Click on Parks Canada
  • Click on an experience: “A Lifeline for Europe” or “To Defend and Protect”

Protip: The best place to use the mobile app is from the North or South viewing platforms at the Halifax Citadel! Download the app at home and ask for more information at the Visitor Centre.

Get it on Google Play Download on the App Store

Second World War “Storm the Beach" D-Day exhibit

Two visitors and two soldiers stand among the barricades from the “Storm the Beach
"Storm the Beach" D-Day exhibit

Re-trace the steps of the Canadian soldiers who stormed Juno Beach on June 6, 1944 in this immersive exhibit. Disembark from the landing craft, move past the obstacles towards to the seawall, and imagine the gunfire from the bunker as you breach the defences of the dreaded Atlantic Wall.

The Army Museum exhibits

The Army Museum

Visit these Army Museum exhibits showcasing powerful and compelling stories about Canadian soldiers in the First and Second World Wars:

  • “The Road to Vimy and Beyond”
  • “Trail of the Canadian Army, 1939-1945”

Hometown Heroes (available online)

Three portrait photographs of Canadian uniformed soldiers, 2 men and 1 woman from the World Wars are displayed with a background featuring a poppy and maple leaf.
Hometown Heroes

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.