The general introduction of rifled artillery (with greater range and accuracy than earlier guns) shortly after completion of the Citadel rendered the costly installation obsolescent. It was partially rearmed in the 1860s and 1870s, and continued in use as a barracks into the 20th century. Upon departure of the British garrison in 1906, it was handed over to the Canadian militia. In 1951 the site was declared a national historic park. About 1 million people visit the site annually.
Author ROBERT ALLEN
Links to Other Sites
Notman Studio Collection
View an extensive collection of historical photographs depicting various locations in the Halifax region. Includes images of naval vessels. From the Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
This Parks Canada site is dedicated to the Halifax Citadel, an 1828-56 British masonry fort.
The cradle of Canada
Travel through the past along the Annapolis Valley and over to Halifax in this news story from the canada.com website.
Halifax Citadel Regimental Association
This website provides an informative history of the 78th Highland Regiment in Canada and other posts around the world. See also video and audio clips featuring the Pipes and Drums of the 78th Highlanders (depicting the period 1869-71).