Nova Scotia

Girl Guides camp on Halifax's Citadel Hill

Halifax's Citadel Hill was stormed by hundreds of Girl Guides this weekend who set up tents and transformed the historic fortress into a giant Girl Guide campground.
Girl Guides, who camped on Citadel Hill in Halifax on the weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of the Guiding movement in Nova Scotia, were awakened by a piper. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

Halifax's Citadel Hill was stormed by hundreds of girls who set up tents and transformed the historic fortress into a giant weekend Girl Guide campground.

The fortress played host to 600 Sparks, Brownies, Pathfinders, Guides and volunteers who were marking the 100th anniversary of Guiding in Nova Scotia.

Kathy McKay, Nova Scotia deputy provincial commissioner of Girl Guides of Canada, said camping overnight Saturday in the middle of a city made it a different experience.

"Well, certainly the noises that we heard here last night were very different from the what you would hear if you were outside in the country, although we did hear birds this morning," she said.

"But, the sirens and just the general traffic noises that you heard, and also the reflected light from the city when you're up at the Citadel, is different."

She also noted that having an indoor bathroom was "a bonus."

There were girls of all ages and they did much more than just camp out at the Citadel. They also visited museums and took part in a ghost walk.

"We already went down to the waterfront and all that and we had ice cream," Brinton Comeau, 11, of Hammonds Plains, said.

"We were doing a scavenger hunt, and we got all sorts of pictures together with my group."

Six-year-old Brooklyn Rain enjoyed hearing stories in the park, especially about "a duck that wanted food, but she never really got it because it said 'No feeding the gooses or the ducks.'"

One thing the girls may not have enjoyed was being awakened by the wail of the bagpipes at 6 a.m.

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