Province/Territory: Nova Scotia

Soldier for a Day

  • 200 years since the historic battles of the war of 1812
  • 12 noon daily gun firing demonstration
  • 78th Highland Regiment of Foot

With more than 200 years of history waiting to be explored, the only decision you need to make about your visit to the Citadel is where to start. Will you take a self-guided tour or join friends on an interpretive walk? There’s another way to take it in: in full battlefield costume on the fields where the clashes took place. The “Soldier for a Day” experience is your chance to fire the rifles, eat the foods and live life just as soldiers would have done decades ago. Between your investigations in the 19th century schoolhouse where lessons are taught using inkwell and slate, and your ability to weave freely in and out of the barracks, the sentry post and the garrison cells you’ll find yourself amazed at what brave men can do with little but determination. Experience history first hand at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.

Why you should visit
  • Learn about the history of Halifax and its defences in the Citadel’s Tides of History theatre presentation.
  • Visit the “Learning Experiences” exhibits, which includes Soldiers’ Barracks, Guard Room, Schoolroom and the Powder Magazine.
  • In the summer, witness a piece of living history: the 78th Highland Regiment, which left the Citadel in 1871, playing bagpipes in all their finery.
  • Admire The Town Clock, which has been keeping time at the Citadel for the residents of Halifax since 1803.
  • Climb the steps to the Halifax Citadel entrance; you’ll be rewarded by breathtaking views of the city and harbour.
  • Become a soldier for the day to see first hand what life was like as a 19th century soldier or choose the evening ghost tour.
  • Chat with locals at the Regimental Shop.
  • Hear the tolling of a 200 year old clock and the dramatic pops of a noon salute.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Hours & Admission Prices.
  • The on site Coffee barserves light lunches and home-style sweets in the Soldier's Library.
  • Regimental shop sells souvenirs.
  • Don't miss the army museum.
  • Much of the site is wheelchair accessible and the audio-visual films are closed-captioned.
When to go
  • The Halifax Citadel is open year-round but services and programs and living history animation are available May to October.
  • Pair your visit with any of Halifax's events and festivals.
Need to know
  • Don't miss the Citadel’s Tides of History film presentation.
  • Children are welcome on the grounds, but there are high drop-offs on the grounds so little ones should carefully watched.
Getting Here
  • Halifax is located on Nova Scotia's southeast coast.
  • The Citadel is located centrally within walking distance of many other downtown attractions.
  • Parking is available on site for a small fee.
  • Public transportation is available with Halifax Metro Transit.