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  • What most of us commuters do rely on however

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      The Halifax Citadel is one of the most famous landmarks in the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Located in the middle of the business district downtown, the Halifax Citadel sits on several acres of green hills, from the top of which the whole city and the twin city of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is visible.

      For residents of Halifax like me, the Citadel or Citadel Hill as it is often referred to


      is often overlooked as a national historic site. What most of us commuters do rely on however; is the huge Citadel clock which is visible from most office towers, and is used on by thousands of office workers downtown to keep track of time.

      The Citadel itself is a huge star shaped stone fortress not visible until you get to the top of the hill. Built by the British in the 19th century, the Citadel fort was designed to protect the city of Halifax from pirates and enemies arriving at the nearby Halifax harbour.

      Huge, hand hewn stone walls surround the Citadel, and its many stone buildings. At one time, a whole army lived and functioned as a unit within the Citadel walls and the many different buildings reflect former horse stables, living quarters, and work quarters. Walking around the grounds of the buildings ...


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      you find that the original cobbled roads still exist.

      Visitors to Halifax Citadel today find many of the original buildings intact. The Queen’s Guards are employed to guard the Citadel during tourist season, and tourists may also find bagpipe players, blacksmiths, barrel makers and seamstresses all carrying on the same work that went on during the 19th century. The perimeter of the fort shows the original cannons that were used to protect

      the Fort from hostile takeovers.

      For locals Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is often overlooked except for being a good place to sit and eat lunch if you work in the downtown core. For tourists it is truly an exceptional place to visit and get a glimpse of how our Halifax ports were protected during the 19th century and understand what an average day was like for soldiers and their families who lived within the Fort.




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