Halifax Citadel National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Type
Military
Address
5425 Sackville Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3, Canada
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Hours
June 16 to October 31: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Daily | Grounds open year-round
Phone
902-426-5080

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Some Parks Canada Places have begun a safe, gradual reopening and resumption of limited visitor services. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit. For more details regarding hours of operation contact the site directly. For more information regarding Parks Canada and Covid-19, visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/halifax/visit/covid-19-info

It’s obvious why this strategic hilltop location with a commanding view of the Halifax harbour was chosen in 1749 for the fort destined to protect the British naval base. The Halifax Citadel’s star-shaped architecture is equally as impressive from the inside and out. Step back in time with the help of two costumed regiments, the 78th Highlanders and the 3rd Brigade Royal Artillery. Learn what it was like for the soldiers and their families to live and work in this historic fort during the time period of 1869. Tours, exhibits and films help tell the broader story from before establishment of Halifax to current day.

Halifax Citadel is a part of the Halifax Defence Complex and serves as the main anchor site for visitors to learn more about this time period. British and Canadian military forces built many forts and batteries over the years to protect Halifax and its harbour. Five of these fortifications, known as the Halifax Defence Complex, are national historic sites owned and operated by Parks Canada. These sites are being preserved and maintained for current and future generations to discover.

Amenities

  • Family-Friendly
  • Food and Beverages
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access

Fun Facts

  • Halifax was the principal naval station of the British Empire and played an important role in Canadian History.
  • The Halifax Citadel was the headquarters for the defense complex that protected Halifax and its naval base from various world wide threats.
  • The year-round, daily noon ceremonial firing of the Halifax Citadel’s 12-pounder gun is one of the most enduring and recognized symbols in Halifax’s history. It is considered one of the oldest continuing noon guns in the world.

Location

5425 Sackville Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3, Canada
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