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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site Tours

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Overlooking Downtown Halifax, this strategically set hilltop fortification has presided over the capital of Nova Scotia since 1856, with earlier versions of the fort having stood here since 1749. Today, the former British citadel remembers the military history of Halifax, with exhibits focusing on life within the 19th-century fort.

The Basics
Visitors to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site can embark on a self-guided or guided tour (45–60 minutes) of the grounds. Watch an introductory film at the Information Centre, then explore the various exhibit spaces, including the soldiers’ barracks, tailor shop, engineer store, signal post, defense casements, garrison cells, and the Army Museum, which displays rare military memorabilia.

Living-history reenactments take place here regularly, including drill demonstrations of the Royal Artillery and needlework demonstrations by actors portraying the wives of the 78th Highlanders Regiment. Evening ghost tours are also available. For even more in-depth insight into life in the citadel, sign up in advance for the soldier-for-a-day program.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The citadel is a must for history buffs and families, with child-oriented experiences, tours, and activity booklets available.
  • Start your visit at the Information Centre, where you can get an overview of the site or join one of the regular guided tours of the grounds. 
  • The Halifax Citadel is wheelchair accessible. 

How to Get There
The citadel is situated in Downtown Halifax, about a 20-minute walk from the Halifax Ferry Terminal at Halifax Harbor. From the Halifax Train Station, it’s about a 25-minute walk.

When to Get There 
While the citadel is open year-round, the best time to come is between May and October as guided tours run frequently during this period. Evening ghost tours typically run from July through October. From November through April, the grounds are open, but visitor offerings such as tours, exhibits, and reenactments are limited. 

Green Spaces Near the Citadel
During the warmer months, the green slopes of Citadel Hill—upon which the citadel stands—are a popular hangout. Pack a picnic and join the locals who come here to stroll, jog, walk their dogs, toss Frisbees, fly kites, and sprawl out on the grass. From the citadel, it’s just a 15-minute walk to Halifax Public Gardens, another popular recreational space. 
Address: 5425 Sackville Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Admission: Varies
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10 Tours and Activities to Experience Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

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Best of Halifax Tour with Peggy's Cove

Best of Halifax Tour with Peggy's Cove

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Halifax is an ideal base from which to discover the delights of Nova Scotia, but organizing transportation and sightseeing independently takes time and effort. On this tour, spin through the Canadian countryside in comfort by air-conditioned vehicle with your guide. With admission fees plus pickup and drop-off at your downtown Halifax hotel included, hit top attractions including the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada and Peggy's Cove Lighthouse.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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$89.00
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Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour

Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour

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On this Harbour Hopper tour, you'll travel on both land and water aboard a nifty, renovated amphibious Vietnam War vehicle. The unconventional method of transportation gives you an overview of some of Halifax's key landmarks: First, drive by St Paul’s Cathedral, Citadel Hill and Halifax Public Gardens, then splash into Halifax Harbour for panoramic views of the waterfront.
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  • 55 minutes
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$38.63
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Best of Halifax 3 Hr Ebike Tour with Tour Guide

Best of Halifax 3 Hr Ebike Tour with Tour Guide

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During this tour, guests can expect to learn about key historic events in our city’s history including the founding of Halifax, the Acadian Expulsion, the Halifax Explosion, and the many reasons why we Haligonians love this city today. Participants will learn about all major historical groups including the Acadians, Black Loyalists, Jamaican Maroons, Mi'kmaq, and British. Featuring a lovely ride along the Halifax boardwalk and into Point Pleasant Park before making our way into the Heart of the City, join us as we explore our City's favourite Green Spaces, Architecture, Urban Hubs, Night Life and Local Hot Spots. Our small group format allows for a relaxed experience between you and your guide hopefully feeling like a casual ride between friends. Please note the majority of this tour is conducted on bike lanes. Highlights: Halifax Waterfront, Point Pleasant Park, Citadel Hill, Public Gardens, , Downtown Halifax, Halifax Central Library & more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.83
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Halifax Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Halifax Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Are you planning a visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia? Our Tourist Scavenger Hunt will take you from the public gardens to Halifax Harbor and its museums, by way of the Citadel! You will have to solve challenges at every stop along the way to discover your next destination. At each step, you will learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you.
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  • 2 to 3 minutes
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Halifax Now & Then

Halifax Now & Then

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A superbly presented tour of Halifax that puts the history and sites of the city into perspective within the context of the natural, cultural and political history of Nova Scotia from 1749. This tour highlights the link between Halifax to the Bay of Fundy, Lunenburg and other areas. See the site of the Halifax Explosion and the sites related to Halifax's connection with the Titanic, including the final resting place of 121 Titanic victims. HIGHLIGHTS: Citadel Hill, Argyle St., Grand Parade, Province House, Lieutenant Governor's House, Old Burying Ground, St Mary's Basilica, Georgian to Victoria architecture of "Olde" Halifax north and south, Spring Garden Road & Public Gardens, Halifax explosion site & memorial, Hydrostone National Historic District, Titanic burial sites & graves
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Halifax Churches and Graveyards GPS-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Halifax Churches and Graveyards GPS-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Keep the professional tour guide experience, ditch the crowded tour groups, tight schedules and high prices. Live GPS map shows where you are and where to go next. As you get close, tour guide commentary will automatically play! On this 5 km tour, as well as the churches, gardens and graveyards, you'll explore the many tourist attractions, historical buildings, artwork and statues that make up this must-see section of the city. Highlights include Victoria Park, the Old Burying Ground, St. Mary's Basilica, the Halifax Citadel, the Old Town Clock and more! Don't just see Halifax, hear what it has to say! The tour also comes with a fun location based trivia game. After the commentary plays, look at your device and tap your guess at the answer. See your score as you go! Getting started is easy, just book the tour, download the app and go. Note: the number of travelers you select is the number of devices you can download the tour too.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Citadel Tour

Citadel Tour

As with all our excursions, nothing is fixed and Our tours can be custom-tailored to your interests and we welcome the opportunity to make your tour unique and personal; however, keep timing in mind and the fact that additional time spent at various attractions may affect getting to others.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Half-Day Historical Tour of Halifax

Half-Day Historical Tour of Halifax

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This tour is about Halifax's Remarkable History including Titanic and Halifax Explosion Sites and the Stories and Miracles of these Two Historic Tragedies. Van and Full Size SUV are equipped with a microphone to the speaker system and the Van has a large tablet mounted to roof to show Guests Videos and Photos to enhance your Tour experience so you have a Memorable, Unique Tour of Historic Halifax
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  • 6 hours
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Halifax Segway City Tour

Halifax Segway City Tour

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See the historic sights of Halifax in a futuristic way… on a Segway. After getting comfortable on the machines, join your guide and small group for a fun morning or afternoon. Roll along the Waterfront, the Public Gardens, the Citadel National Historic Site, Argyle Street and more. You’ve never seen Halifax like this before.
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  • 3 hours
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Halifax Segway City Spin

Halifax Segway City Spin

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Explore Halifax with ease and efficiency on a short segway tour of the city’s top destinations. In addition to navigating, your guide offers little-known facts and stories about popular landmarks in the city center, including the Halifax Citadel, Argyle Street, and the Waterfront Boardwalk. Departure times are offered at various times throughout the day for your convenience.
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  • 2 hours
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