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Raise Your Spirits

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Raise Your Spirits at the Halifax Citadel!

With a kilted 78th Highlander as your guide, go behind the scenes at the Halifax Citadel to discover the history of alcohol in the British army. Savour three Halifax Citadel-aged spirits crafted by the award-winning Compass Distillers, paired with a delicious charcuterie board.

Experience Details

  • After-hours access to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a restored nineteenth-century British fortification with stunning views of Halifax and its waterfront.
  • Be guided by a 78th Highlander and hear stories of how alcohol was used in the British army. Both a blessing and a curse - depending on who you ask!
  • See where spirits are stored and aged in wooden barrels inside the fortification.
  • A guided tasting of three unique spirits made for the Halifax Citadel Society by award-winning Compass Distillers: enjoy Daily Ration Rum, Noon Gun Gin, and Granite & Grain Whisky.
  • Get the scoop on Compass Distillers’ locally sourced ‘grain to bottle’ distilling approach.

Dates & Times


Meet your guide at the front entrance of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site at the designated program time. Guests arriving on foot can reach the front entrance 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 Halifax Citadel’s Perimeter Road.

Price & Booking

Tickets are $64.99 plus tax, and can be booked through the Halifax Citadel Society’s Eventbrite page.

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

  • To ensure a unique, quality experience, space is limited to a maximum of 15 guests per tour.
  • All guests must be 19 years of age or older.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended 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.