A town of any importance in the British colonies had to have a fort, and Halifax had several on the site of the current Citadel. The first was flung up shortly after colonists arrived in 1794, but the current Citadel is a restoration of the one completed in 1856. Amazingly, none ever fired a shot in anger. By the 1950s, the place was in disrepair and threatened with demolition, but restoration efforts have returned it to its Victorian era glory. Reenactors dressed in period costumes march and fire their muskets to the sound of bagpipes, naturally. That boom at noon? It's the traditional signal cannon shot, heard throughout the city. The fort also contains Canada's Army Museum. Of interest to U.S. visitors: the case tucked in the back containing glassware said to have been "liberated" from the White House during the burning of Washington in the War of 1812. For those who like a little more chill with their night air, ghost tours are offered.
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