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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax

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Step back in time at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a 250-year-old hilltop fortification overlooking the city. Learn about thecitadel's rich military history by taking a guided tour and observing costumed re-enactments. You can even find out what it was like working in the fort with the "Soldier for a Day" activity, which involves donning a uniform and taking part in drills. Fire authentic rifles of the time, and take ghostly night tours. After absorbing so much history, take a moment to refresh in the coffee bar, or peruse the gift shop. Plan to visit Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Halifax attractions using our Halifax tour planning site.
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  • Husband and I opted to take a private tour instead of a shore excursion on a recent cruise. We drove up to the Citadel to watch the noon cannon. The cannon is fired daily but today the volunteers... 
    Husband and I opted to take a private tour instead of a shore excursion on a recent cruise. We drove up to the Citadel to watch the noon cannon. The cannon is fired daily but today the volunteers...  more »
  • This site contains lots of information and is a must for history butts. It also affords beautiful views for photography fans. Each of our family members were able to find things they really liked... 
    This site contains lots of information and is a must for history butts. It also affords beautiful views for photography fans. Each of our family members were able to find things they really liked...  more »
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  • Definitely one of the most popular things to do in Halifax! Highly recommend arriving around 11:00 a.m. as this will allow you to see the canon fired at noon and the changing of the guard at 1:00 followed shortly by a musket demonstration. We found that this was perfect timing. There are lots of History college students who are employed to tell you about the area so questions are easily answered. Also fun that they are dressed in time period attire. If you will plan on watching the canon, instead of lining up right next to it I would suggest going across the way. The explosion is still enough for you to feel and you will get a much better view. However, you will not be able to hear the explanation of what is going on that is given by one of the employees.
  • It's easy to see why this is THE signature attraction of Halifax. As first-timers to the city, this was first on the list - we were all enthused to see Canadian history unfold before us as we climbed the steps up the hill. The actors are very much into what they do, and the exhibits are very detailed. It even has a special exhibit on the D-day landing, as we know several vessels left Halifax for the event. We stayed for the 12noon cannon blast, which was spectacular. Even when leaving the fortress, we once again admired the view out over Halifax - you can't beat this place for the perfect panoramic vista!

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