Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Phone: (902) 426-5080
Sackville and Brunswick Street
Halifax NS

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This star-shaped, British fortress was built between 1828 and 1856 and is the fourth version of a major fortification on the site since Halifax 's founding. Its position atop a drumlin affords it an excellent, erstwhile strategic view of the harbour.

The town clock on its eastern slope has been operating since 1803 and is an iconic image of Halifax . Visitors to the fortress are treated to the 78th Highland Regiment, the Royal Artillery, and people representing soldiers' wives and tradespeople in Mid-Victorian dress.

The guards change, and the cannon is fired daily at noon , a tradition that goes unnoticed by locals within hearing distance. The site occasionally hosts concerts and plays by Shakespeare by the Sea.

Opening Hours

May 7 to June 30 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

July 1 to August 31- 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

September 1 to October 31 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

November 1 to May 6, the grounds are open but no services are available.

Admission and ticket info

Daily - Peak Season (June 1 to September 15)
Adult $10.90
Senior $9.15
Youth $5.45
Family/Group $27.20
Commercial Group, per person $7.90
School Groups, Entry and a Heritage Presentation Special Program, per student $4.95

Daily - Shoulder Season (May 7 to May 31 and September 16 to October 31.)
Adult $7.15
Senior $5.90
Youth $3.45
Family/Group $17.80
Commercial Group, per person $5.45
School Groups, per student $2.95

Adult $27.20
Senior $22.75
Youth $13.60
Family/Group $68.35

Per Vehicle $3.20

Directions / getting there

From the Halifax Waterfront, simply walk up hill. Look for the Town Clock at the base of Citadel Hill and the signal flags flying atop the ramparts. Climb the Town Clock steps, and you'll find the bridge entrance to your right.

If you're coming by car from Highway 102 or 103, take Exit 1A and proceed to downtown Halifax. The site entrance is located near the corner of Sackville and Brunswick Streets

Click here for a map of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

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