It’ll hit you as you climb the steps of the Halifax Citadel: This isn’t just a peek at a pretty design – it’s an opportunity to walk into history and explore it with a 21st century lens. The way you enjoy it is all in your hands. Will you take a self-guided tour or join friends on an interpretive walk?
There’s another way to take it in: In full battlefield costume on the fields where the clashes took place. The “Soldier for a Day” package is your chance to fire the rifles, eat the foods and live life just as soldiers would have done decades ago.
Between your investigations in the 19th century schoolhouse where lessons are taught using inkwell and slate, and your ability to weave freely in and out of the barracks, the sentry post and the garrison cells you’ll find yourself amazed at what brave men can do with little but determination.
And just when you think you’re done there’s still so much more to do. You can take in a view of the city and harbour from Citadel Hill, chat with locals at the Regimental Shopor simply take a few moments to process all you’ve seen with the tolling of a 200 year old clock and the dramatic pops of a soldier’s gun in the background. From every angle you’ll find something new to appreciate at this National Historic Site.
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Specific contact Details
25-7-N Eddy Street
Gatineau, QC K1A 0M5
Email: kurtis [dot] dolinki [at] pc [dot] gc [dot] ca
In the area
Outside the Citadel there are plenty of reasons to spend some time exploring Halifax. You can take an excursion on board the famous schooner, the Bluenose II, see how immigration changed the country at The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and explore the area’s brewing history (and a sample!) with a tour of Alexander Keith’s former home. When you’re done, there’s always time to relax at one of the city beaches.
Grounds are open year-round, with services available in May, June, July, August, September and October
Halifax, Nova Scotia