Activities and experiences

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Step back in time to experience the life of a Victorian-era soldier. Explore the history of Halifax, watch the firing of the noon day gun, and join a guided tour. Become a 78th Highlander for a day with a Signature Experience. Host a birthday party, school trip, meeting, or special event in this historic location!

Winter activities

Explore the Parade Square and watch the 3rd Brigade of the Royal Artillery fire the Noon Gun.

Two visitors and a Highlander raise a toast.

Halifax Citadel Distilled Experiences

Enjoy a quick tasting or embark on a private or public tour including tasting tutorials with a distiller!

Fortress Halifax – A City Shaped by Conflict

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

A Highlander greets visitors at the gate.

Guided tour

Enjoy a complimentary guided tour of the many period rooms, exhibits, films, and different perspectives on the history of Halifax.

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

Commemorating the World Wars

Learn about the crucial role of civilians and the armed forces in the First and Second World Wars.

A tour guide leads visitors outside with lanterns.

Ghost tour: Dare to be scared

Join a haunted history tour of the Halifax Citadel at night. Chills guaranteed!

Make memories at the Halifax Citadel


Animated Parks Canada logo.

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Nova Scotia. [An aerial view of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and Downtown Halifax.]

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Nova Scotia. [The back of a 78th Highlander standing guard at the front gate of the Halifax Citadel.]

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Nova Scotia [Three 78th Highlanders firing rifles inside the fort walls.]

[Visitors follow the 78th Highlander as he guides them through the Halifax Citadel fort entrance.]

Compass Distillers brand. [Close up of Compass Distillers branded barrels.]

[Close up of a 78th Highlander swirling liquid in a 78th Highlander branded glass.]

[Four visitors walk through an interior brick archway into a lit historic room.]

[78th Highlander holds glass of alcohol and gestures with his hands while two visitors take a sip from their glasses then smile at one another.]

[Interpreters wearing historic uniforms work together to load and fire the Noon Gun Cannon.]

[Two uniformed interpreters play the bagpipes and drum in front of the Cavalier Building inside the Halifax Citadel.]

[Large crowds of visitors gather in front of the Cavalier Building inside the Halifax Citadel.]

[Two kids run up the fort stairs to the ramparts while an adult walks up behind them.]

[Two visitors walk up the ramp to the ramparts and are greeted by two 78th Highlanders.]

[A interpreter in historic uniform leads four visitors across the fort ramparts and down a set of stairs. It is the evening and all are holding lanterns.]

[A close up of two of the visitors' faces while they listen to the interpreter tell scary stories.]

[Interpreter laughs as he closes a fort door. Screen fades to black.]

Parks Canada logo.

Animated Canada wordmark.

Services and amenities

Accessible Facilities Accessible parking
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Picnic area Picnic area
Accessible Facilities Accessible toilets
Bus parking Bus parking
Electric car charging station Vehicle charging station
No dogs
First Aid
Gift Shop Gift shop
Interpretation centre Indoor Exhibit
Information Information
Interpretation Interpretation
Lookout Lookout
Pay parking Pay parking
Coffee shop Restaurant or café
Restrooms Restrooms
WiFi Wi-Fi
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