The Halifax Citadel

Sunday, September 17, after a good rain the night before we did some chores around the house and some laundry then set out for The Halifax Citadel.  This large fort which rises above the harbor on a dirt embankment was built from 1828-1856 by the British in the shape of a six pointed star using large blocks of quarried stone.

View of Halifax thru one of the cannon ports!

Her function was to deter an overland assault on the city and dockyard.  This site had been continuously used as a fort from 1749 so the position was well established.  When British North America became the Dominion of Canadian in 1867, Halifax was recognized as an important port and the fort was used by the Royal Navy and Canadian military through two World Wars and until 1956 when it was declared a National Historic site.  We entered through the main gate past a Regimental Guard and were able to spend our time walking and climbing all the areas that have been designated for specific uses.  There are costumed soldiers in kilts, carrying weapons that they fire for demonstrations and cannons placed on the parapets looking over the city and harbor.  They actually fire the cannons periodically.  They have two masts which are used to fly flags which signal ships in the harbor or on land.  One room is shown as school room and the soldiers and their children were both educated here.  They have a museum upstairs in the barracks and coffee shop set up in the original dining hall.  It was neat to talk to the soldiers as they have been versed in the history of the fort and could answer most questions.

After that we located The Keg Steakhouse about 4 blocks away and had prime rib for dinner before returning to the RV.  Yes, this is the same Keg we have near us at home!

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