Parks Canada Perfect Picnic

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Our twist on "take-out"! Everything tastes better when you eat it outside! So go ahead – let nature design your dining space and enjoy a take-out lunch from the Coffee Bar at the Halifax Citadel.

The Parks Canada Perfect Picnic is available here from May to October 31.

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Place your order at the Coffee Bar in the Cavalier Building. No pre-ordering required. Supplies and selection may vary.
  2. Choose to “take-out” your lunch.
  3. Find your perfect picnic place at the Halifax Citadel and enjoy!

Coffee Bar menu

GF – Gluten free | V – Vegan | VEG – Vegetarian

Hot meals are served with French Fries or kettle chips.

Ask for dessert selection from our display.

Caesar salad $13
Heart of romaine, creamy garlic Caesar dressing, Grana Padano, topped with bacon bits.

Spinach n'berries (GF) $14
Baby spinach, local greens, apple cider vinaigrette, JD Shore Gold Rum, compressed valley apple, blueberry, strawberries, granola, garnished with goat cheese.
Add protein to any salad: Roast chicken breast or fried chicken. $8

Samosa (VEG, V) $10
Crispy pastry, potato, peas, cilantro chutney.

Chicken nuggets $13
6 pieces with plum or ranch sauce.

Maritime seafood chowder – cup $9, bowl $18

Soup of the day – cup $5, bowl $12

Fish & chips $16
5oz beer batter fried haddock comes with tartar sauce and coleslaw.

Classic smash burger $15
7oz smashed beef patties, cheddar, caramelized onion, bacon, iceberg lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, on a delicious toasted brioche bun.

Roast chicken club panini $14
Shredded roast chicken, bacon, cheddar, iceberg lettuce, tomato, onion aioli, sourdough.

Falafel tabbouleh salad wrap panini (VEG) $13
Tortilla wrap, tomato, hummus, lettuce, and jalapeno tzatziki.

Butter chicken $15
Tender chicken, makhani gravy, cumin rice, naan, raita, cilantro and papadum.

Grab and Go selection

Chicken Salad Wrap $8

Pulled Pork Sandwich $8

Ham & Cheese Sandwich $8

Turkey Bacon Sandwich $9

Roast Beef Sandwich $8

Fruit Salad $5

Bottled Water, Pop, Juice, Milk – various prices

Sandwich selection may vary.

Find your Perfect Picnic place!

Inside the fort walls

Stay inside the historic British fort and take your seat on the Cavalier porch bench for a front row view of the 78th soldiers preforming their drill, or sit along the grassy ramparts behind the North Magazine high above the city and ponder what life was really like for the soldiers and their families garrisoned here in the 19th century.

On the grassy hill outside the fort walls

Outside the fort’s stone walls, Citadel Hill provides amazing cityscape views as well as some shaded areas, perfect for a relaxing picnic in the center of a bustling city!


This map shows our best Perfect Picnic places at the Halifax Citadel. Please use waste receptacles where available and leave no trace.


 Pick up your lunch at the Coffee Bar

Four special picnic areas

1. Grassy ramparts behind North Magazine – a secluded hideaway

2. Cityscape – view of Old Town Clock and city

3. Overlooking the Garrison Grounds – Relax on the grassy hillside

4. Cavalier Building – Sit in the shade on the porch or balcony

Facilities and services

Map Gift Shop

entrance and exit Entrance-Exit

Restrooms Washrooms

elevator Elevator

Parking Parking

Accessible parking

first aid First aid and security

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