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Halifax Citadel, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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.

For its time, the Citadel fortress was the epitome of advanced defense fortress technology. Dug into the top of the hill, it was very difficult to hit it with gun fire from below. If an enemy dared to charge the fortress they would drop fifteen feet into the ditch around the edge, breaking their legs, before being shot to death from all angles.
(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Citadel_hill.jpg#filelinks)

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.

Costumed period actors taking a break at the end of the day; hoping I’ll leave so that they can go home.

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.

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6 comments on “Halifax Citadel, Halifax, Nova Scotia

  1. hariqhuang
    August 26, 2012

    An 8-pointed-star shaped fortress! The cannon is super cool, too! It kinda reminds me of the gigantic Buddhist temple bell which is tolled at midday. However, that one means “no more eating until sunset for the monks” instead of “it’s lunch time, people!” ha ha ha

    • bucketdave
      August 26, 2012

      Ha ha! Yes, that’s a slight difference…

  2. Marianne
    August 27, 2012

    I remember a few years ago we flew into Hong Kong for a few days on our way to Bali. We were jet lagged but were lucky enough to be allowed into our room straight away when we arrived at the hotel around 10am.

    We decided to catch a few hours sleep and then start exploring. Imagine waking, with such a shock when the Noon Day Gun (similar to this one) sounded off, right outside our hotel!!

    Oh what joy!!

    • bucketdave
      August 27, 2012

      Ha ha! Yes, that would be a surprise! There was a similar story here with the gun, but it involved all of the to political leaders during a G8 Summit. He he.

  3. philvb
    August 27, 2012

    I’ve often threatened my co-workers that I will start wearing a kilt to the office.

    • bucketdave
      August 29, 2012

      Ha ha, I’m not sure how to take that (I like kilts). Watch out for the cross winds when you’re hiking though.

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