Halifax Citadel

With all the writing and reading and general school-ing I had to do on the East Coast, I ended up with just one afternoon to explore Halifax's tourist attractions. There's so much Canadian history in that city that it was hard to chose just one place to visit. Since it was a beautiful summer day I opted for an outdoor adventure at the Halifax Citadel.  

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The Citadel is Halifax's historic military fort which and served an important role in protecting the gateway to Canada.

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Like any good military fortress, the Halifax Citadel sits atop a very large hill. Bring your walking shoes (or a car!) because it's a bit of a trek to the top.

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Once you've made it to the city's peak you're free to explore! Wander through the museum, discover the preserved history, and chat with the friendly guides in period costume. You can even grab a snack in the café next to the gift shop.

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If you're lucky, you might catch a little drum and bagpipe show.

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Make sure you find the many secret corners...

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...and climb up to get a view of the the whole fort! You might even be able to glimpse the harbour in the distance.

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Peak through every doorway, because you never know what you'll discover. I was surprised to find a little schoolroom tucked away in the middle of a military base. 

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I have to say, I was tempted to pack some of their vintage maps into my suitcase and take them back to Toronto!

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And then I found the vintage sewing machine in the army barracks! Do you think anyone would notice if this ended up in my living room?

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I wondered what a trench was doing in a colonial-era military base. Turns out it's a recent addition to the Citadel. Built to commemorate 100 years since Canada entered the First World War, this trench is a replica of the front lines on a European battlefield. It may seem incongruous at first, but it's a fun and interactive way of incorporating many centuries of Canadian military history into the Citadel.

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Baked beans and corned beef for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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As you exit the Citadel back into the 21st century, you can see the condos starting to rise over the harbour. It's a strange collision of time and architecture, but after hours of exploring in the hot sun I'm ready for an iced latte and a meal that doesn't come out of a can. After all, living in 2015 has its perks.

For more information on the Citadel, and the many events they host throughout the year visit http://www.regimental.com/