Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is on Citadel Hill overlooking downtown Halifax. One of the country's best surviving examples of a 19th-century fortification, the current large star-shaped masonry structure is the fourth fort to be built on this site; it was completed in 1856 to defend the city and harbor. It was occupied by the British until 1906 and then by the Canadian military until well after World War II.
Exhibits and restored rooms, including a guard room, tailor shop and barracks, depict the fort's significance as a key naval station within the British Empire. Interesting features include a musketry gallery and vaulted rooms. The ramparts offer excellent views of Halifax and its harbor. The Army Museum displays military artifacts and uniforms, war related artwork by Afghanistan veteran Jessica Weibe and a World War I exhibit.
Between May and October interpreters dressed as members of the 78th Highlanders regiment re-enact military drills and fire one of the oldest continuous noon guns in the world daily, except Christmas. Interactive exhibits, audiovisual displays, marching bands and muster parades are available.
Tours: Guided tours in French and English are offered in summer. A Ghost Tour is offered Fri.-Sat. at 8:30 p.m., mid-July through Oct. 31.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
ADMISSION to the park is free in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Otherwise admission is $9.33; $7.90 (ages 65+); $4.67 (ages 6-16); $18.67 (up to seven people arriving in a single vehicle). An annual pass, valid at most Canadian national parks, marine areas and historic sites, is available. Parking: $3.15.
Hours: Grounds daily 9-5. Fort and exhibits daily 9-6, July-Aug.; 9-5, early May-June 30 and Sept.-Oct.