Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

In the heart of downtown Halifax, this strategic hilltop fort offers a commanding view of Halifax Harbour. Step back to 1869 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.

An interpreter dressed as a Second World War soldier in a doorway.

Commemorating the World Wars

Commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day in 2024.

Fortress Halifax – A City Shaped by Conflict

Immerse yourself in the largest and newest exhibit at the Halifax Citadel.

Tours and programs

Participate in public or private tours and programs.

Visiting Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Activities and experiences

Things to do, events, family and school programs, demonstrations, guided ghost tours, museum.

Plan your visit

How to get here, maps and directions, facilities and services, hours, accessibility, event rentals, photos, fees.

Shop and reserve

Passes and permits, souvenirs, reservations. Rent space for your meeting or special event.


Visitor passes and program fees. Free admission for youth.

Passes and permits

Discovery Pass. Film permits.

Safety and guidelines

Important bulletins, weather, seasonal safety, visitor guidelines.

About Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Culture and history

History, architecture, Hometown Heros, engineering, Halifax Defence Complex.

Stewardship and management

Jobs, partners, permits and licenses, public consultations, plans, and policies.

Contact us

General inquiries: 902-426-5080


Hours of operation

Open daily
9 am to 5 pm

Services change with the seasons. 

The grounds are open year-round.

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Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site

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Fort McNab National Historic Site

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York Redoubt National Historic Site

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