As you explore the impressive Halifax Citadel together, your guide shares highlights from the fascinating history of the four successive versions of this fort that have protected Halifax Harbour since 1749.

There is much to absorb and ponder as you are transported back in time to a day in the life of a British soldier and his family, played by members of an historical reenactment group. Eager to share their knowledge, they love to answer your questions, especially ones about the critical role that the Halifax Citadel played in the protection and development of the city, as well as the country we now know as Canada.

Offered in both French and English, guided tours commence at the Visitor Orientation Centre and take between 45-60 minutes. The Halifax Citadel is a wheelchair-accessible site. Guided tours are offered throughout the day from early May until the end of October.

Experience Halifax Citadel


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An Aerial shot of the citadel with the title “Halifax Citadel National Historic Site”.

We see a group of four young adults walking.

Follow by a shot of a soldier standing still.

The young adults try to distract the soldier but he stay still and focus.

Then, the group is running to go inside the citadel.

Once inside, they start looking at a map.

We then see a soldier firing a gun.

The group react to the loud sound of the gun.

One of the girls and one of the guys are walking down a dark corridor of the citadel, the guy decides to fake being in jail behind a window with bars.

The girls start playing dress up follow by a fashion show with their new costumes.

There’s a soldier playing the bagpipes in the middle of the citadel and the group dance to the music

Inside a bakery, they order some goodies.

After that, the young adults are running up some stairs.

On top of those stairs, there’s a group of soldiers preparing a cannon for combat.

Follow by the cannon being fire.

The group reacts to the loud sound from the cannon.

An aerial shot from the citadel.

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