Old Town Clock

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, 5425 Sackville Street

The Town Clock, also sometimes called the Old Town Clock or Citadel Clock Tower, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of Canada. It is an absolutely faithful 1960s reconstruction of the original design, but the structure still contains the original functional clock mechanism, which was constructed by the prestigious House of Vulliamy in London, and has been operating since its installation in 1803.

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, then commander-in-chief of all military forces in British North America, is credited with commissioning the clock. It is said that the punctuality-obsessed Edward ordered the clock installed to resolve the tardiness of the local garrison.

There was once a time when no buildings, not even churches, were allowed to be higher than the clock tower.

The structure functioned as a guard house, and as the residence of the clock’s caretaker and his family until 1965.