COVID-19 and your visit to Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. In June and July, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of outdoor areas, some camping services, and some indoor areas at national historic sites.
We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places and areas that are closed.
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
We continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, and avalanche control, among others.
Update for July 30, 2020 - Non-medical masks and face coverings
We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at any Parks Canada place. When you visit a Parks Canada place, you may see signs reminding you that this is what we recommend.
An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.
If a Parks Canada place is within a jurisdiction where wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory, visitors will be asked to follow this requirement.
Important information about your visit to Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
What’s open (updated July 30, 2020)
- Hours of operation: 10 am to 4:30 pm.
- Fort interior parade grounds.
- Visitor Centre.
- The Regimental gift shop is now offering refreshments for sale.
- Select exterior exhibits and interpretive talks.
- Rifle talks and firings.
- The Army Museum.
- Limited Period Room viewing: Some period rooms will have doors open for viewing from outside.
- Noon gun.
- Public Washrooms.
- Halifax at War in 1944: TimeLooper mobile app (available online).
- Parking facilities.
- Grounds, perimeter road, and pathways.
- Event and facility rentals available on a case by case basis.
- Booked programs and interior facility rentals may be permitted if they meet public health guidelines. Call 902-426-1900 for more information.
- Exterior events and facility rentals may be permitted if they meet public health guidelines. Call 902-426-5080 for more information.
What’s closed (updated July 30, 2020)
- South Magazine.
- Coffee Shop.
- Defense Casemates.
- Soldiers' Library.
- Interior exhibits (Warden of the North, Shaping the Hill, and Orientation Film Theatre).
- Rifle Galleries.
Your safety when visiting
Before you go, be prepared:
- Expect limited levels of service and limited access to visitor facilities.
- Download or print maps and other visitor information ahead of time.
- Avoid popular places and times, and high-risk activities.
- Bring hygiene supplies, such as alcohol-based hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, a table cloth and/or picnic blanket.
- Bring your own water and food, as facilities may be closed.
Protect yourself and others:
- Follow public health authority guidance and advice for Nova Scotia (https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus).
- Stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has been diagnosed with the virus.
- Use non-medical masks or cloth face coverings if you will be in a crowded setting and it is not possible to maintain a 2-metre distance from others.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or your sleeve, and respect physical distancing.
- Avoid contact with frequently touched surfaces as much as possible. Carry your own supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes.
- Yield to oncoming users where space is narrow. Let others move out of bridges, platforms and other narrow spaces before entering.
- Slow down. Speed increases user conflicts and risks of injuries. Adjust your distance from others based on their speed to maintain physical distancing.
- Be respectful of others. Keep prescribed 2-meter distance from others while lining up, and respect the maximum use capacity in facilities.
Anyone exploring the national historic site is reminded that they are responsible for their own safety and should be sure to properly prepare and plan for their trip, taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves from inclement weather and potential natural hazards found on site.