Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada

Contact Information

Halifax Citadel Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

phone: view phone(902) 426-5080

website: www.parkscanada.ca

Overview

Constructed between 1828 and 1856, the fourth Citadel is a fine example of a bastioned fort of the 'smooth bore' era.

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Description

Constructed between 1828 and 1856, the fourth Citadel is a fine example of a bastioned fort of the 'smooth bore' era. Interesting features include the Citadel's star-shaped design, the vaulted rooms, the dry defensive ditch, the musketry gallery, restoration of the ramparts, and the view of Halifax and its harbour.

Services and facilities include: the site's newest exhibit Fortress Halifax - Warden of the North; a 50-minute audio-visual presentation on Halifax and its defences (every 15 minutes); restored signal masts, soldiers' library, barrack rooms, powder magazine, expense magazine and defence casemate and garrison cell; exhibits on communications, the four Citadels and the engineering and construction of the fourth; students attired as soldiers of the Royal Artillery and the 78th Highlanders of 1869 (during June, July and August). Added attractions in the summer include a sales outlet and guided tours in English and French.