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Raise Your Spirits


Raise Your Spirits at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site!
With a kilted 78th Highlander as your guide, go behind-the-scenes at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site to discover the history of alcohol use in the British military. Savour three Halifax Citadel-aged spirits crafted by award-winning Compass Distillers and paired with delicious artisanal cheeses.
Experience Details:

  • Exclusive access to Halifax Citadel National Historic Site a restored 19th-century British fortification with stunning views of Halifax and the Halifax Waterfront.
  • Be guided by a kilted 78th Highlander and hear stories of how alcohol was used in the British military. Both a blessing and a curse – depending on who you ask!
  • Go inside Compass Distillers’ barrelling room where spirits are stored and aged in wooden barrels inside the fortification - A truly sensory experience!
  • Guided tasting of three unique spirits made exclusively for the Halifax Citadel Society by award-winning Compass Distillers. Enjoy Noon Gun Gin, Fort George Genever, and Daily Ration Rum with a delicious charcuterie.
  • Get the scoop on Compass Distillers’ locally sourced ‘grain to bottle’ distilling approach.


  • Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 pm starting January 29th.
  • Tasting sessions will generally be 75 minutes long, or up to 90 minutes depending on group interactivity.
  • For custom bookings please reach out to us.


  • Meet at the front kiosk of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site at the designated program time. 
  • Guests on foot can reach the front kiosk via the sidewalk from Sackville St. or via the pathway from Brunswick St, beside the Old Town Clock.
  • Parking is permitted in the pull-offs located around the Perimeter Rd.

Price: $75 + HST per participant

  • Book experience via the HCS Eventbrite page
  • For more information or for nquires about custom bookings call 902.426.1990 or email [email protected].  Please note that private bookings require a minimum of 4 participants.

Cancellation Policy: 

  • Cancellations are accepted up to 72 hours prior to the scheduled day of the tour.
  • Participants will be notified 48-hours in advance if the tour is cancelled due to inclement weather forecast or unforeseen circumstances.Participants must be 19 years of age or older.

Good to Know:

  • Participants must be 19 years of age or older
  • Space is limited to a maximum of 12-15 people per tour group in accordance with NS Public Health COVID-19 Guidelines.
  • Social distancing will be facilitated within tour groups for individuals bookings from different social "bubbles". 
  • Participants must wear a non-medical mask in all indoor spaces with the exception of when seated.
  • Warm clothes and comfortable shoes are encouraged for the exterior portion of the tour.



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.