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78th Highland Regiment picture in Halifax
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78th Highland Regiment picture in Halifax
Guarding the Citadel picture in Halifax
View from the Citadel picture in Halifax

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Towering over downtown Halifax, the Citadel is a testament to the city's military past. Four forts have occupied this hilltop since 1749, when British Colonel Edward Cornwallis governed the region; the fort that stands today dates back to 1856. Visitors can wander the Citadel's corridors and learn about Halifax's involvement in major wars, such as the American Revolution, the American Civil War and both World Wars. The on-site Army Museum offers a closer look at the fortress' history. And to truly feel what it was like to be on the hill back in its heyday, make sure to come at lunchtime, when re-enactors of the Royal Artillery fire the traditional noon gun.

You can also interact with members of the 78th Highland Regiment. During the summer months, these kilted re-enactors offer free guided tours of the fort and provide insight on what it was like to be a soldier there. According to one TripAdvisor user, "Visitors can ask questions, inspect military kit, and see short enactments of the firing of canons and military parades."

 The Citadel National Historic site is open every day, though hours vary depending on the season. Admission and guided tours are free. For more information, check out the Citadel's website.

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#1 Historic Properties Wharf To sample historic Halifax, spend a few hours perusing the Historic Properties. Overlooking the harbor from its city-center locale, this neighborhood retains much of its original fin-de-siècle architecture. The historic ... Read more » Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

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#4 Dartmouth Sitting across the harbor from Halifax is Dartmouth, a small town that has been around since 1750. There are two primary reasons to visit this Nova Scotia town (aside from ... Read more » Robert Alfers / Wikimedia Commons

#5 Maritime Museum of the Atlantic It makes sense that Canada's oldest and most substantial maritime museum is located in Halifax: The city's history drips with stories from the sea. By displaying artifacts and ... Read more » Bryson109 / Wikimedia Commons

#6 St. Paul's Church Founded in 1749 by Britain's King George II, St. Paul's is Canada's oldest Protestant church. The building may look simple at first, but architecture buffs and historians ... Read more » Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

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Actors in period garb demonstrate what life was like when the 78th Highland Regiment was stationed at the Citadel. Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

The Halifax Public Gardens provide a serene setting for a picnic. Lisa Anne Paul / Flickr

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St. Paul's Church is the oldest Protestant church in Canada. Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

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After you've sampled some local brew at Alexander Keith's Brewery, try some local fare at the adjacent market. Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

This National Historic Site is the oldest house of government in Canada. Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

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