Halifax played an important role during the World Wars as an assembly point for supply convoys and troops heading overseas. During the First World War, Halifax was the last bit of Canadian soil on which many troops would tread, and the first when they returned. During the Second World War, the Halifax Citadel served as a transit barracks, the headquarters for the city’s anti-aircraft defences, and a depot for the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. The Halifax Defence Complex was also active in coastal defence.

Discover Halifax in wartime with the following experiences:


Second World War “Storm the Beach" D-Day exhibit

Two visitors and two soldiers stand among the barricades from the “Storm the Beach
"Storm the Beach" D-Day exhibit

Re-trace the steps of the Canadian soldiers who stormed Juno Beach on June 6, 1944 in this immersive exhibit. Disembark from the landing craft, move past the obstacles towards to the seawall, and imagine the gunfire from the bunker as you breach the defences of the dreaded Atlantic Wall.

The Army Museum exhibits

An exhibit is shown with a portion of an illustration with a scene from the Second World War and a display featuring a mannequin in a soldier’s uniform.
The Army Museum

Visit these Army Museum exhibits showcasing powerful and compelling stories about Canadian soldiers in the First and Second World Wars:

  • “The Road to Vimy and Beyond”
  • “Trail of the Canadian Army, 1939-1945”

Hometown Heroes (available online)

Three portrait photographs of Canadian uniformed soldiers, 2 men and 1 woman from the World Wars are displayed with a background featuring a poppy and maple leaf.
Hometown Heroes

Canada’s participation in the First World War (1914-1918) and the Second World War (1939-1945) touched every community in this country. Discover the compelling stories of several Nova Scotian Hometown Heroes.