Ghost tour: Dare to be scared

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Reserve your spot on a public or private guided ghost tour of the Halifax Citadel at night. Explore the dark shadows of the historic 19th century British fort by candlelight with an engaging tour guide in full period uniform.

Dare to be Scared at the Halifax Citadel


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Animated Parks Canada logo.

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Nova Scotia. [A guide dressed in historic uniform lights a candle in an old-fashioned lantern.]

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Nova Scotia. [A candlelit lantern hangs above a stone entranceway. The word "CITADEL" is engraved in the stone above the entrance.]

[Visitors follow guide dressed in historic uniform through the Halifax Citadel Parade Square in the late evening - all are holding lit lanterns.]

[Visitors follow the guide as he points to something in the distance - all are holding lit lanterns. The Halifax Citadel Cavelier building can be seen in the background.]

[Visitors follow the guide through the Halifax Citadel at night while still holding their lit lanterns.]

[The guide gestures around a brick room while talking to the visitors. A canon sits in the back of the room.]

[A close up of the guide's face as he holds a lantern close and is speaking to the visitors.]

[A close up of the lanterns and visitors' faces while they listen intently to the guide.]

[The guide laughs as he closes the large door to the fort. Screen fades to black.]

Parks Canada logo.

Animated Canada wordmark.

The Citadel gate swings open to reveal a tour guide in full period uniform standing on the drawbridge holding a glowing lantern aloft in the deepening twilight. He silently beckons for you to follow him across the drawbridge, through the arched stone gate and into the darkness of the fourth fortification to stand on Citadel Hill since 1749.

You stay close to your guide, descending by candlelight through dimly lit passageways toward shadowy inner chambers. Breathlessly anticipating what sinister apparition might lurk around each corner, you pass through ditches, along cobblestone alleys and over eerie ramparts. Then descend into dark tunnels toward prison cells that once housed hapless soldiers convicted of minor offences.

You’re on a nocturnal journey into the haunted history of Halifax Citadel that recounts many a ghost story, tales of the unexplained, and all recounted in chilling detail.


Dates and times

Private tours: Available year-round, except on a few special event days, and depending on winter weather conditions

Public tours: Available on select dates and times in summer and fall

Upcoming public tours

2024 dates are coming soon.

For upcoming dates and availability, please check eventbrite, or call 902-426-1990.


70 minutes

Group sizes

Maximum: 25 people


Public tours: Available in English only

Private tours: Available in English or French

Reservations and payment

How to book

Public tours: Purchase tickets through the Eventbrite website

Private tours: Registration is required a minimum of 48 hours in advance

Contact The Halifax Citadel Society:


Cost: See Halifax Citadel Society prices

Cancellation policy

Cancellation is required a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Please contact The Halifax Citadel Society.

Travel trade details


Suitable for small groups and FIT (Fully Independent Travelers)

Facilities and services

Motorcoach parking available

Washrooms on site

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