|April 8- 9
First World War Commemorations, 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge Open House
2017 will see several significant First World War centennial anniversaries, including the Battle of Vimy Ridge, fought April 9-12, 1917. The capture of Vimy Ridge was the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Corps participated in battle together, and its stunning success, despite a terrible cost, is often cited as a significant event in the development of a unique Canadian identity. Visit the Halifax Citadel for this special open house weekend and lean how these events helped shape our nation. Talk to our historical interpreters, see our special Vimy display at the Army Museum, and learn about conditions at the front in our three-hundred foot reconstructed First World War trench exhibit.
Sunday, April 30
6th Annual MEC Halifax Citadel Run with a Highlander Race
MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) and Parks Canada bring you the chance to run through the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and experience 19th century history in a whole new way! Three races are offered including a Kid’s Fun Run, 5K and 10K. To register for the races, visit http://events.mec.ca or call MEC for more information: 902-421-2667.
Learn to BioBlitz on World Environment Day
Want to get a taste of what it’s like to BioBlitz without leaving town? Join us. No registration is required.
Come try observing and identifying species or participate in camping games with Parks Canada. Or use this guide to do-it-yourself! These activities will get you warmed up for over 25 full BioBlitz events across the country in some of Canada’s most amazing places. What a great way to Connect with Nature!
Join us at the Halifax Garrison Grounds, at the foot of Citadel Hill, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. From the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed, come discover new ways to get out into nature and contribute to science at this family oriented event.
|Saturday, July 1
Canada Day Celebrations
Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at the official Halifax celebration inside the walls of the historic Halifax Citadel – a Confederation-era site! It all starts with the firing of the iconic noon gun followed by the traditional 21-gun salute. Enjoy bands, choirs, 78th Highlander military performances, presentations and don’t miss the official Canada Day cake served by a 78th Highlander. Bring your friends and family and enjoy the atmosphere while you celebrate this significant milestone in our history as a nation!
|July 28-August 1
Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Festival – A Canada 150 Signature event!
Parks Canada is thrilled once again to help welcome over 30 tall ships to Halifax and over 11 Nova Scotia ports of call in 2017! A strategic rallying point in the Rendez-Vous 2017 transatlantic race, the Halifax Waterfront will be bustling with entertainment and activities for the whole family including historical displays telling aspects of the Story of Canada as well as music and dramatic presentations. It will be free to board the participating tall ships. For Canada 150, there is a special opportunity to access to Georges Island National Historic Site on Sunday and Monday for the much loved historic tunnel tours. Come up to the Halifax Citadel to take in the view and join in additional activities and events during the festival. You won’t want to miss this spectacle - mark your calendars now! Look at all the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Festival events to find out about all the free events and buy tickets for the limited space events.
Friday, August 18
Freedom of the City with the 78th Highlanders
Freedom of the City is an honour granted to military or paramilitary groups in recognition of their service to a municipality. Since 1998, the 78th Highlanders has exercised this privilege by marching through the streets of Halifax with bayonets fixed, drums beating, and Colours flying. Take in the special squad inspection inside the Halifax Citadel starting at 11:00 a.m. and then after the noon gun, follow the Highlanders to Grand Parade and onto Government House. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to celebrate ‘Confederation-era pageantry’ in 2017!
Revolutionary War Encampment, The Second Citadel in the age of Revolution Encampment
Members of various Maritime living history groups will again set up a military camp in the Halifax Citadel’s south ditch depicting the time of the American Revolution, when thousands of Loyalists immigrated to Nova Scotia and made a significant contribution to a new country that would eventually become Canada. Details of camp life, camp cooking, washing, everyday tasks, blacksmithing and children’s games will be featured and on Saturday afternoon a mock battle will take place on the slope of Citadel Hill. The Encampment opens Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
|Saturday, October 21
First World War Commemorations, 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele
Join Parks Canada, the Army Museum Halifax Citadel, and the Halifax Citadel Regimental Association as they mark the 100th anniversary of one of the most significant battles of the First World War. The Battle of Passchendaele has come to symbolize the mud and folly of trench warfare. Visitors can see firsthand a First World War Belgian Army uniform inside the Army Museum, while the Halifax Citadel’s trench exhibit serves as the backdrop to understand the hardships and challenges Canadian troops faced as they gained another tactical victory. Join the commemoration and learn more how these events helped shape our nation of today.
|Saturday, November 11
Remembrance Day Commemorations
Parks Canada and the Halifax Citadel are honoured to join in Remembrance Day commemorations in Halifax on November 11th. Starting at 11:00 a.m., the 1st Field Artillery Regiment will fire a 21-gun salute followed by the noon gun. The Halifax Citadel and Army Museum will be open to visitors from 10 am until 3 pm. Take the opportunity to visit the First World War trench exhibit inside the Citadel’s defensive ditch and tour the Army Museum's First World War exhibit, Road to Vimy and Beyond, which honours the sacrifice of the soldiers, many of them from Nova Scotia.
28th Annual Victorian Christmas
Make your way to the Halifax Citadel as the historic fort takes on a festive air with Victorian carols, crafts, games and, of course, Father Christmas. Enjoy some hot cider and don’t miss the Parks Canada Victorian photo booth - it’s the perfect way to capture some holiday magic to share with family and friends. Event runs 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. both days and admission is free with a donation to FEED NOVA SCOTIA (non-perishable food item or cash donation).
|Wednesday, December 6
Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Commemorations
100 years ago, the Halifax Explosion devastated the north end of Halifax, killing 2000 people and wounding 9000 more, while destroying the city’s industrial centre. Parks Canada and the Halifax Citadel will mark the exact moment of the explosion by firing a cannon from the ramparts at exactly 9:05:35 am. The Army Museum Halifax Citadel will also be open from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. For more details, please check the website closer to the event.
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