One of Halifax's military history heritage sites, the citadel was built between 1828 and 1856 and is regarded as a fine example of a bastioned fort of the 'smooth bore' era. It is built in a star-shaped design and features vaulted rooms, a dry defensive ditch, a musketry gallery and offers an inspiring view of Halifax and its harbour from the ramparts. Visitors can watch an audio-visual presentation about the defences of Halifax, and visit the soldiers' library, barrack rooms, powder magazine and garrison cell. The site also has exhibits about communications and the engineering and construction of the citadel. Guides at the site wear the uniform of soldiers of the Royal Artillery and the 78th Highlanders of 1869 and conduct tours in English and French. Parking costs C$3.15 per car.

Address: Citadel Hill

E-mail: halifax.citadel @pc.gc.ca

Telephone: (902) 426 5080

Opening times: Daily 9am to 5pm (7 May to 30 June, September, October); 9am to 6pm (July to August). From November to 7 May only the grounds are open

Admission: Peak season: C$11.70 (adults), C$10.05 (children); Shoulder season: C$7.80 (adults), C$3.90 (children). Other concessions available