The Citadel at Halifax looms over the city’s downtown from its hilltop location. While the capital of Nova Scotia below has been described as a “city of the future”— thanks to its commitment to the environment and excellent infrastructure—a visit to the Citadel is a unique trip back to history. While everyone can tour the grounds and buildings—most of the current Citadel dates from the 19th century, though there has been a fort on the site since 1749—becoming a soldier for the day is a unique opportunity. If you choose to enlist, you’ll be issued an authentic redcoat uniform, attend foot drills, and learn to fire a Snider-Enfield rifle. (Younger participants skip the rifle lesson and learn to play a field drum instead.) After you “stand down,” you’ll be invited to the Sergeant’s Mess for lemonade and scones.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada 5425 Sackville St Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3 T: (902) 426-5080 Hours: May 4 to June 30th - 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. July 1 to August 31 - 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. September 1 to October 31 - 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. November 1 to May 6 The grounds and washrooms are open from 9:00am until 5:00pm. Ghost Tours and other pre-arranged services are available; however, visitor experience services are limited.
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