I love visiting forts so I knew the Halifax Citadel was a must visit when we docked in Halifax last September. I didn’t know much about it except for the blurb that was included in the “What’s Ashore” portion of our ship’s daily In Port newletter.
Reconstructed in 1856 as it had been several times prior to that year, the original fortress was erected in 1749. Built into the hill to protect it from heavy artillery, the thick walls collpased regularly in spring thaws supplying builders with steady seasonal repair work.
Not a lot to go on, but I’d also seen images of it via the ship’s excursions TV channel. That’s how I knew it was a place I’d like to see. I figured I stood a chance of adding a new haunt jaunt to my collection.
GHOSTS IN THE CITADEL
I was right! The Citadel (as the locals call it) is loaded with ghosts. So much so they even offer weekend ghost tours.
According to the Halifax Citadel Regimental Association’s website (who conducts the ghost tours), they claim the Citadel is Canada’s most haunted historic site. If you take their tour a costumed guide will lead you by candlelight through the prison cells, tunnels, and restricted areas while treating you to “36 true accounts of ghost sightings at their actual location.”
NO GHOST TOUR, JUST A HAUNT JAUNT
This is, again, one of the drawbacks of trying to Haunt Jaunt while on a cruise. You’re not in port during some of the prime times…like at night to do a ghost tour like this.
However, I’m not always interested in taking ghost tours. Haunt Jaunting is all about traveling to allegedly haunted locations and experiencing the flavor of the place.
Did I feel there were ghosts lingering in the Citadel? You bet! It was easy to imagine, especially with the Highlanders in their regimental garb all about.
PICTURES AND VIDEO OF THE CITADEL
Below are some of the photos I took of the Halifax Citadel, as well as a video I put together. I used the video on my camera so it’s not the best quality. (It also doesn’t help I still have a lot to learn about taking video.)
However, I had some fun adding captions and poking fun of myself. Plus, I caught the Highlanders doing a firing drill and firing the Noon Gun. With the background bagpipes playing I captured lots of neat noises!