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The Halifax Citadel, with its famous star-shaped design, deep ditches, and pointy ramparts was designed to defend Halifax against possible American aggression during the War of 1812. Ironically, the fort never saw direct action in any war, since it was not completed until many years after the end of the War of 1812. That hasn’t stopped it from becoming a National Historic Site, and a great place to visit though.
The Citadel is a fantastic place to visit if you want to step back in time and feel as though you’ve been transported to the 19th Century. The fortress employs costumed period actors who do a great job marching around and explaining the history of the fort.
Throughout the day, you’ll find a regular schedule of demonstrations that both educate and entertain. The highlight of the day by far is the firing of the noon gun. Every day at 12:00 PM a massive 12-pound gun is fired from the top of the Citadel. A video is far better than my description though, so check below to see what all the fuss is about.
When you’re in Halifax, be sure to check out the Halifax Citadel. Not only will you learn about an important era in Canadian history, but you’ll never miss your lunch.