Halifax Citadel National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Halifax, Nova Scotia
5425 Sackville Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3, Canada
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May 6 to October 31, 2023, open daily (9 am - 5 pm). The grounds and open and limited services are available year-round.

In the heart of downtown Halifax, this strategic hilltop fort offers a commanding view of Halifax Harbour. Step back to 1749 and immerse yourself in the social and military history of Halifax with the 78th Highlanders and the 3rd Brigade Royal Artillery. Learn about the changing roles of the fort and visit the Army Museum.

Notes from "Haunted Canada VisitList"

When visiting this hilltop fortress look out for the “Grey Lady”, the apparition of a grieving women dressed in 19th-century clothing, leaving behind the smell of roses, has been experienced by many. It is rumoured that the “Grey Lady” roams the second floor of the Citadel’s Cavalier Building at night, mourning the soldier she loved, who according to legend, killed himself the night before their wedding because he was already married to a different woman. Just like the Caribou Hotel and Winter Garden Theatre, the Halifax Citadel and the “Grey Lady” were featured in Canada Posts’ haunted Canada stamp collection.

The Halifax Citadel hosts ghost tours starting mid-July through to the end of October. Click here for more info! 


Image from https://postagestampguide.com/canada/series/1672/haunted-canada.


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

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.


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