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Soldier for a Day

Leave your mark on history!

Take the Queen’s shilling and experience the life of a private soldier in the British army’s 78th Highland Regiment of Foot! Sign reproduction enlistment papers, and get fitted for your uniform, including an iconic madder red doublet and Mackenzie tartan kilt. Learn basic foot and arms drill and fire an original Snider-Enfield rifle, or learn how to play duty and battlefield calls on a rope tension snare drum. Explore the ramparts, casemates, and tunnels of the Citadel with your host, and enjoy complimentary refreshments in the Citadel’s restored soldiers’ library.

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Available between May 7 and October 31 (except on special event days) at two times per day: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

Age Requirements

Youth participants (15 and under) will participate in the Drummer for a Day program, and learn how to play a reproduction British army rope tension snare drum in lieu of firing a Snider-Enfield rifle. Participants who are 16 or 17 can participate in the full Soldier for a Day program with a parent’s/guardian’s consent.


  • Adult - $260
  • Youth - $230
  • Family/group of 2 - $305
  • Family/group of 3 - $345
  • Family/group of 4 - $380

All prices are before tax.


To book your experience, or for more information, please contact us at [email protected] or (902) 426-1990. Please note that a minimum of two business days’ notice is required, and we recommend that travelling guests make their booking prior to departure.



All donations received are used to bring history to life at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, by hiring young men and women to portray the British Garrison in Halifax at the time of our nation's birth.