Mel And Nancy trip to Maritime Provences travel blog

The view of Halifax from the Citadel, Old and New

Drillfield inside the Citadel

Mel and Nancy with the Guards at the Citadel

Canadian Drum and Bagpipe Corps

tribute to all nations participating


Today is Canada Day, a federal holiday to commemorate the day in 1867 when Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain with the federation of four provinces, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. Canada Day is celebrated much like our 4th of July, Independence Day.

Our first stop of the day was at the Halifax Citadel, a star shaped fortress on the high ground of the city of Halifax which once was the central defense of the harbor. It now remains as a spectacular tourist attraction with a military museum that houses hundreds of artifacts displaying Atlantic Canada’s military heritage.

The Citadel is the largest and most visited site in Halifax. If you are there at 1200hrs you can watch the firing of the cannon known as the “Noon Gun”. The Citadel was the home of the 78th Highlander Regiment.

Our next incredible tour stop was an afternoon spent at the “Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo”. This is a mostly military celebration and production of music, marching and maneuvers which is billed as the worlds largest annual indoor show of it’s type. It featured military and civilian performers from around the world. The Tattoo showcases the strong proud Scottish of this region with bag pipes and drums and this year paid tribute to heroes and legends of military, police and first responders, both men and women.

The US Military was represented by the 2nd Marine Division Band from North Carolina. Other entrants included highland dancers, gymnasts, various singers and choirs, the Jordanian Silent Drill Team and many other varied groups. Most impressive were the Scottish bagpipes and drummers in their kilts marching in their slow cadence precise and dramatic marching formations. This is always a thrill to see and hear.



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