Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
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One of Canada's most visited national historic sites features exhibits, audio-visual presentations, guided tours, the noon gun and the 78th Highland Regiment. Open May to Oct. daily, when admission is charged. Grounds open daily year-round, 9am to 5pm. .
Some consider this four-sided clock to be the symbol of Halifax. It was designed by the father of Queen Victoria, the Duke of Kent who was head of the garrison at Halifax for a time, to keep both the garrison and the townspeople punctual. It sits at the bottom of Citadel Hill where it has been since arriving from England in 1803.
This is the fourth citadel which was constructed between 1828 and 1856 and it is now a national historic park - the most visited in Canada. Its a strange sort of star shape design and has fantastic views over Halifax and the harbour and over towards Dartmouth.
The impressive star-shaped Citadel stands sentinel over the city much as it has since its completion in 1856, some 28 years after work in it commenced. The strategic hill on which it was built was the site of three previous incarnations dating back to the city's inception in 1749, detering all potential invaders. This last one was to thwart an possible US invasion. Though the area is well worth exploring and ranks as the one must see in the city, I found that CAN$9 entrance fee to be a bit steep and as a thorn in my side, this being a National Historic Park and not just a National Park, it was not included on their National Parks pass that I had purchased earlier in the trip. But we did get lucky with the Hurricane Juan in one sense: the Citadel was free for a couple days after the storm due to decreased staff, not all building were open.
It is open from 9:00-6:00 in summer and till 5:00 the rest of the year. CAN$9 entrance.
By the time I got to the Citadel it was a little after 5:00 pm and I found out that admission was free between 5 and 6 pm. So I had some time to look around but I missed out on the presentation and guided tour. I did get to walk through many of the rooms in this garrison and walk around the grounds to see the cannons and other weapons of that time.
Be sure to go to the Citadel. It's probably the number-one attraction in Halifax, but there's a reason for that; it really is an interesting site, and it's easy to get to. If you don't feel like taking the tour from within, you can always climb up the hill and peer over the edge to see some of the activities.
It's labyrinthine, full of history and just plain interesting. There are only a few citadels in North America as well-preserved as this one, so be sure to take a look.
I would recommend that you see the Citadel and the Maritime Museum. Both are located in downtown Halifax.
Halifax is a city full of historical significance and these two sites best display this history.
Another big attraction is the Citadel which is a fort that was built to protect Halifax from any possible invasion.
It's a very unique fort with lots of old canons & buildings. You can see the best part of the harbour from the fort.
GO see the Citadel. It is Canada's most visited national park. Canada Day celebrations are crowded but worth seeing if you can make it.
It dominates the harbor. It was a massive undertaking that never saw a major battle. Smart move. Just try to run up this hill and see what fighting spirit is left. Though great efforts the fort is very well preserved with many buildings and walls still standing.
The Army museum is run by volenteers, most of them old service men who have many stories to tell.
In the museum there is 400 years of army history on display.
Open: Daily 9AM - 5PM (Summer 6PM)
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and Amy Museum, it also offers fantastic view of the waterfront.
Constructed between 1828 and 1856, the Halifax Citadel commemorates Halifax's role as a key naval station in the British Empire.
This hill was the site of the old fort... it is also what protected the downtown portion of Halifax from the giant explosion of 1917, which killed thousands of people.
View from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
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its a great place, and u learn alot from it...you should spend there a half a day or so...
there are guided tours that r really great and informative and at 12 they shot the canon there