In June 1749 a small fleet of ships arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia carrying about 2500 people. Led by Colonel Edward Cornwallis, some of these people were soldiers, and others were looking for life in a new land.
There were a few who went south to New England, but the majority stayed and by December the town had been mapped out and 600 houses were built. The first Citadel fortress was constructed, and the town of Halifax became the base to protect the British interests in North America.
The present Citadel which is a national historic site of Canada, dates from 1856 (the fourth one built since 1749), and took 28 years to complete. This was due to the improved weaponry over the years, so on-going changes had to be made to update the fortifications.
Today, the Citadel rifle firing demonstration is just part of the re-enactment of history, dating back to 1869, when the 78th Highland Regiment was billeted at the Citadel. In the MacKenzie tartan and full highland dress the pipers and drummers will also thrill visitors with their stirring Scottish music.
The Army Museum pays homage to the Canadian military efforts during both World Wars and service to the British Empire. Guided tours of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada are about 45 minutes to 1 hour long and are worth taking to learn the interesting history of the Citadel.
Rifle firing demonstration at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax, Halifax Metro, Nova Scotia, Canada.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/7.1, exposure time of 1/500 sec. on ISO 200, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 100mm.
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