As the Citadel is open to the public the guard changing probably has a little more flourish than soldiers on active service. Today, the historical re-enactments seen by visitors to this Halifax National Historic Site are performed by a group consisting mainly of students.
As well as the changing of the sentry guards, the 78th Highland Regiment (dressed in authentic uniforms of MacKenzie tartan kilts, feather bonnets and red jackets) have rifle shooting demonstrations with the original Snider-Enfield rifles. 30,000 of these rifles were sent from Britain in 1867 to North America and were used in the Fenian Raids in 1870 and the Red River Rebellion.
Marching drills, bayonet exercises and music of the pipes and drums add to the authenticity of the re-enactments. The 78th Highland Regiment was stationed at the Halifax Citadel from 1869 to 1871. The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is open from May 7 to October 31. From November 1 to May 6 the site is open but there are no services or demonstrations.
Changing of the guard 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 1/400 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 58mm.
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