Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada

It’s the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada!

The star-shaped Halifax Citadel in downtown Halifax is packed with history. This military fort on Citadel Hill is the perfect spot to keep watch over Halifax Harbour and the city. In 1749, the first Halifax Citadel was built by British military, originally as a wooden guardhouse. It wasn’t until 1828 that the current star-shaped fortress was constructed.

Over the years, settlers built their homes and ran their business at the base of the hill to support the growing number of soldiers. Locals provided essential supplies, food and entertainment.

Today, the Halifax Citadel endures as a reminder of Halifax’s military heritage. Visit to become a soldier for a day, see the new Road to Vimy and Beyond exhibit at the Army Museum and hear the daily BOOM of the Noon Gun.

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