Winter activities

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

The Halifax Citadel is open to visitors year-round. From mid-November to May, the grounds and Parade Square inside the fort are open but the interior rooms and exhibits are closed.

Explore the Parade Square and watch the 3rd Brigade of the Royal Artillery fire the Noon Gun. Call ahead to book a special guided tour or tasting for your group: 902-426-1990.

Experience full programming from May to October.

A large black cannon on wheels surrounded by snow.

Watch the firing of the Noon Gun

Stand on the Cavalier Building verandah to watch the daily firing of the Noon Gun.

Two visitors and a Highlander raise a toast.

Halifax Citadel Distilled Experiences

Book a private tour including tasting tutorials with a distiller!

A tour guide leads visitors outside with lanterns.

Ghost tour: Dare to be scared

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

The Army Museum

Book a private group tour of the Army Museum: 902-422-5979.

A table set up in the lobby with glasses, plates, and snacks.

Meetings and event rentals

Hold your meeting or event in a venue steeped in Halifax’s rich heritage: 902-426-7665.


Be careful when using the grounds at this time of year as snow and ice-covered surfaces can be slippery. Winter maintenance of the grounds is limited. Some areas of the fort may be inaccessible. Proceed with caution.

The Ramparts (upper level) are closed in winter, unless weather permits them to be open.

The Dry Ditch (lower level) is closed from November to May.


This map shows the facilities and services available at the Halifax Citadel year-round, weather-permitting.

Map of Halifax Citadel


Points of interest

Parade Square

Cavalier Building verandah (best place to view the Noon Gun)

Location of the Noon Gun (not accessible at this time of year due to weather)

Meeting and special events rooms to rent

Cavalier Building Soldiers' Library

North Front Casemates

North Magazine

More information

Facilities and services

entrance and exit Entrances/Exits

  • Front Entrance/Exit at the Southeast facing the Old Town Clock and Brunswick Street
  • Back Entrance/Exit on the west side facing Ahern Avenue and Bell Road

restrooms Washrooms

Located across from the Cavalier Building near the front Entrance/Exit.

first aid First aid and security

Located across from the Cavalier Building near the front Entrance/Exit.

parking Ditch parking

Accessible from the back Entrance/Exit and located in the ditch or lower level of the Halifax Citadel.

accessible parking Accessible parking

Located at the front entrance/exit near the front entrance kiosk.

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