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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 and crackers.

Experience Details

  • After-hours 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 Granite & Grain Whisky, Noon Gun Gin, and Daily Ration Rum.
  • Get the scoop on Compass Distillers’ locally sourced ‘grain to bottle’ distilling approach.

Dates & Times

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  • 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 Street or via the pathway from Brunswick Street, beside the Town Clock.
  • Parking is permitted in the pull-offs located around the Perimeter Road.

Price & Booking

  • Tickets are $64.99 plus tax, and can be booked through the HCS Eventbrite page.
  • To enquire about a private booking, call (902) 426-1990 or email [email protected] (please note that private bookings require a minimum of 8 guests).

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations with refunds are accepted up to 72 hours prior to the scheduled day of the tour (please note that Eventbrite's fees are not refundable).

Participants will be notified 48 hours in advance if the tour is cancelled due to inclement weather forecast, if we have not met our minimum number of participants to run the tour, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Good to Know

  • Space is limited to a maximum of 15 guests per tour.
  • Participants must be 19 years of age or older.
  • Warm clothes and comfortable shoes are encouraged for the exterior 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.