Halifax, Nova Scotia

Introduction to Halifax, Nova Scotia

In Halifax - the capital of Nova Scotia - see the old fort, the Maritime Museum, and the art gallery, or relax in one of the pretty parks. Alternatively, take a stroll through the tiny Peggy's Cove, with its bustling fishing harbour and lobster fishery

Halifax - a vital part of Canada's infrastructure - is home to a major economic centre and many government and public sector companies are based in here, including the Department of National Defence. Praised for its quality of life, Halifax is seen as city for the future, a vibrant city that represents modern Canada.

The urban city centre is home to a number of landmark buildings, from tall apartment blocks and office towers to iconic & historic town clocks, Halifax’s architecture will suit all tastes. Halifax is also host to a number of parks, museums, galleries, sporting venues and performance venues to visit and explore. Point Pleasant Park is particularly popular due to its seaside location, while the new central library is well worth a visit.

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Lobster Traps, Halifax

A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE (TOUR L)

  • Step back in time to the 1940s and learn how modern ways changed people’s lives
  • Take time to explore the fascinating Memory Lane Heritage Village
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApproximately 7 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

Memory Lane is a unique historic village in North America devoted to coastal life in Nova Scotia in the 1940s. It features 17 authentically restored buildings depicting all aspects of social and economic life in rural Nova Scotia. This decade saw dramatic changes as modern behaviours resulting from electricity, paved roads, and timesaving machines and appliances were embraced after World War II.

Your day begins by travelling approximately 70 minutes from the city to the Eastern Shore. Your guide will give lots of information about the history of the area during the scenic drive. Upon arrival at Memory Lane you will meet your specialist guide - a retired Eastern Shore lobster fisherman.

Learn how to make a traditional lobster trap and knit the “heading” (the nets that are inserted into the ends of the lobster trap). See a traditional lobster fishing boat under construction in the Boat Shop and visit the Heritage Lobster Buoy Gallery. Then sit down in the cookhouse and enjoy a traditional lunch, all while exploring the beauty and charm of this award winning 1940s heritage village. Then take some free time to explore the village further on your own, and get some lovely photo memories, before heading back to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, mostly at guests’ own leisure. Some grassy, uneven and gravel terrain will be encountered.

 


Peggy

BLUE NOSE SIDE CAR TO PEGGY'S COVE (TOUR M)

  • Feel the wind against your face as you sit astride a motorcycle or tucked in a sidecar
  • Savour an hour watching waves and exploring the rocks of Peggy’s Cove
  • Photograph one of Nova Scotia’s best loved lighthouses
Price£175.00 - £185.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity - early booking essential!
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Enjoy Halifax in style as you ride on the back of a motorcycle or in its sidecar. Equipped with a driver/guide you will be able to experience a Peggy’s Cove tour that you won’t find anywhere else in Eastern Canada!

Two URAL sidecar rigs, driven by experienced guides, allow groups of up to four guests per departure to take in the sights and history of the provincial capital of Halifax and visit the scenic fishing village of Peggy’s Cove. What a way to travel and arrive in style!

Take approximately one hour to explore and photograph the very scenic location of Peggy’s Cove, famed for its picturesque and typically East Coast profile, with houses perched along a narrow inlet and on wave washed boulders facing the Atlantic. Maybe take a closer look at Peggy’s Point Lighthouse - one of Nova Scotia’s most well-known lighthouses.

Soon enough it will be time to re-join your distinctly different transport and make the approximate one hour ride back to your awaiting ship, via the lighthouse coastal route.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Each motorcycle can fit a maximum of two passengers; one in the sidecar and one on the motorcycle sitting behind the driver/guide. Helmets will be provided and must be worn; however jackets and suitable clothing will not be supplied. All participants must be agile enough to board the motorcycle or sidecar unaided. Terrain at Peggy’s Cove will be uneven and can sometimes be slippery. All visitors to the area are asked to exercise great caution at all times as surging sea and waves are never far away.

 


Public Gardens, Halifax, Canada

HALIFAX BY BIKE

  • Discover Halifax by bicycle
  • View many city sights not accessible by coach

 

Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Enjoy a scenic cycle ride of Halifax, with some impressive views en route.

This approximate two hour bicycle tour of Halifax will introduce you to the city’s rich history highlighting many points of interest such as the waterfront, Cornwallis Park, Titanic House, Dalhousie University, Victoria Park and Public Gardens, Government House and Citadel Hill. Your tour begins at the harbour and makes its way up into the charming and historical South End, pausing at the George Wright Titanic House and Point Pleasant Park.

Weave your way back through tree lined corridors and into the heart of the city for a closer look at what makes the city thrive today. You will also have the opportunity to make a short visit to the public gardens.

Whether you are new to cycling or have ridden for years, your friendly tour guides will help match you to one of the comfort cruisers and guide you around the hills for a fun and enjoyable experience.

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TOUR NOTES: We recommend wearing suitable biking attire including comfortable shoes and a light jacket / sweater. All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control. Tours may operate in reverse to avoid overcrowding at venues. Timings may be adjusted where necessary due to traffic delays, weather, or unforeseen circumstances. You will be on the bike for approximately two hours. Cycle helmets will be provided and it is law in Nova Scotia to wear them. You will cycle along both roads and through parks.
 


Halifax, Canada

HALIFAX CITY TOUR (TOUR A)

  • Discover the historic streets of Halifax
  • Admire the flora at the beautiful public gardens
  • Visit Halifax Citadel - one of Canada’s most visited national historic sites 
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Gain an overview of Halifax, one of North America’s most captivating cities, on this scenic tour.

A tranquil setting amidst the bustle of commercial Halifax, the Public Gardens encompass 17 acres of lush flowers, duck ponds, sparkling fountains and Victorian footpaths. These gardens are enjoyed by citizens and visitors alike, just as they were by Lucy Maud Montgomery – author of Anne of Green Gables – when she studied at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Enjoy a chance to capture photographs with a short stop at this historic and iconic garden.

Next stop is the Halifax Citadel, one of Canada’s most visited national historic sites and lies on a natural drumlin overlooking the entire city with super views of the harbour. A short stop will be made here for you to step onto the viewing deck and take in the commanding views of Halifax Harbour.

Enroute to your awaiting ship, you will pass through downtown Halifax, passing Province House, the Old Town Clock as well as the financial and residential areas.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that the walking on this tour is optional – guests can limit the amount, or decide to stay on the coach – however, guests should note that there is a stop of approximately 30 minutes at Citadel Hill and 15 minutes at the Public Gardens. On Citadel Hill there is a walk of approximately 100 metres (300 feet) from the coach parking area into the central courtyard. If you wish to climb to the lookout over the city, there are around 50 steps.


Halifax Citadel, Canada

HIGHLANDER FOR A DAY

  • Experience history first hand at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
  • Step into the shoes of a 78th Highlander
  • Take part in the duties and traditions of the Victorian Army
Activity Tour
Price£150.00 - £170.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationVery Limited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Today you can find out what life was like as a soldier in the British Army as you step back in time to 1869!

Your tour begins with an approximate ten to 15 minute drive from the quayside to Halifax Citadel, the fourth fortress to guard the city since its founding, two-and-a-half centuries ago, and one of Canada’s most popular and most visited national historic sites. Built in 1856 by the British to defend against the French, the Citadel provides an unparalleled view of the Harbour. Your interactive tour here will teach you about military history as you become a 78th Highlander at the National Historic Site. You will become enlisted in the Queen’s Army and can try on pieces of soldier’s uniforms of the time, take part in a series of hands on activities and take photographs as this unique experience unfolds before your very eyes.

This two and a half hour program will immerse you into the duties and traditions of the Victorian Army and the Scottish Highlanders. Witness the Changing of the Fortress Guard, gun firings or bagpipe displays.

Enjoy some light refreshments as you explore other on-site exhibits and the gift shop.

At the end of your experience, you return to the quayside and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over gravelled and uneven terrain, and there are 50 steps to negotiate. There are lift / ramps so this tour is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility.


HISTORIC WALKING TOUR

  • Take in a guided walking tour of Halifax
  • Discover the history of this charming city

 

Activity Tour
Price£15.00 - £20.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Capture the charm of Halifax as you enjoy a guided walking tour of the quaint streets.

Setting off from the quayside with your kilted guide, you will discover the downtown area the way it is seen best – on foot.

Enjoy the bustle of Spring Garden Road, lined with boutiques and cafés, and walk past elegant Georgian and Victorian arches, which help the city retain its historic charm. Stroll through the lovely Grand Parade Square and admire the oldest Anglican Church in Canada. Discover more about the history of Province House and City Hall, which is overlooked by the picture perfect Town Clock, perched on Citadel Hill.

Take a leisurely walk through the beautiful Public Gardens, which encompass 17 acres of Victorian paths, lush flowerbeds and sparkling fountains. Founded in 1866, they are the oldest Victorian gardens in North America.

At the end of your tour, you can either remain in town to explore independently, or walk back to the ship with your guide.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please dress appropriately for this tour as Halifax may be cold during our call. The streets in Halifax are paved, however please be aware that the city has many hills of varying inclines. This is primarily a walking tour covering approximately five kilometres (three miles), therefore it is not considered suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility. Guests wishing to remain in town at the end of this tour must ensure they return to the ship in time for sailing.


Citadell Tower, Halifax, Nova Scotia

HOP-ON HOP-OFF DOUBLE-DECKER CITY TOUR (TOUR B)

  • Sit back and relax as you discover Halifax from a double decker bus
  • Learn about the city’s history from the entertaining and informative commentary
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationOperating all day
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, has a wealth of sites for visitors to see. This hop-on, hop-off tour allows you to take in the highlights.

Big Pink Sightseeing carefully selects stops that provide easy access to landmarks and popular places to help you get the most from your day in port.

Hop-on, hop-off gives you the ability to explore at your pace and enables you to tailor your day to your individual interests. You will have the flexibility to plan your own schedule and to visit the places you find most interesting. Buses run regularly so re-joining the tour is easy. Be sure to bring your camera for the many excellent photo opportunities.

We are pleased to advise you that a portion of the proceeds from this tour will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Although guests are also able to purchase tickets ashore, the price we are charging is less than that which you would pay locally (based on prices and exchange rates at the time of printing). For reference, the bus is not air-conditioned and unfortunately it cannot accommodate wheelchairs. A map will be supplied to participants to show the route of the double decker. The bus will pick up from the pier and at each stop enroute approximately every 15 to 30 minutes (there is a capacity of 55 guests per departure). All buses have winding narrow staircases to the upper level. Please note that this tour does not include the cost of admission to any tourist sites. 


Lobsters & Lighthouses, Halifax, Nova Scotia

LOBSTERS & LIGHTHOUSES (TOUR K)

  • Discover the daily routine of a lobster fisherman
  • Grasp the opportunity to hold a live lobster
  • Enjoy the fresh taste of your catch 
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
LimitationLimited to 49 particpants
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Gain a close look at the life of a lobsterman and see three of Nova Scotia’s beautiful lighthouses.

Begin with an approximate 10 minute stroll to board the open sided vessel and enjoy a brief commentary on Halifax Harbour as you head out into the mouth of the Great North Atlantic. Prepare to help the captain and crew pull up a lobster trap and learn about lobster fishing, as well as the life cycle of a lobster and other crustaceans. Release the traps back into the ocean and make your way towards the first of the three lighthouses you will observe (all depending on sea conditions).

Continue on to Murphy’s on the Water Restaurant for a maritime lobster feast. Learn the proper way to crack open a lobster before enjoying a one and a quarter pound lobster, traditional potato salad, coleslaw, warm rolls and homemade deep dish valley apple crisp for dessert.

Your tour will conclude here, allowing you to return to your awaiting ship at your leisure, with a return transfer ticket for the shuttle bus or take the opportunity for shopping along the waterfront shops before you return.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Participants must be able to walk up and down the gangway to embark and disembark the vessel as well as negotiate approximately 10 steps to access the deck and 12 steps to access toilets. Guests are advised to dress in warm, comfortable layers, including a waterproof jacket if necessary. Closed-toe walking shoes are a must. The return journey will be made at your leisure via the shuttle bus that will run between the ship and the waterfront. 

 


Peggy

PEGGY’S COVE

  • Beautifully situated, Peggy’s Cove lighthouse has long been inspiration for artists and photographers
  • Embark on a scenic drive along the picturesque lighthouse route
  • Take in a walking tour of the Lower Cove

 

Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Explore the quaint coastal settlement of Peggy’s Cove.

Leaving the quayside, your coach and kilted guide will take you on a journey through the modern city of Halifax, then along the picturesque Lighthouse Route to a rustic fishing village where only 40 people live year-round – Peggy’s Cove. The power and majesty of the Atlantic Ocean come to life in this tiny coastal settlement. You will witness the impressive rock formations left behind by eroding glaciers millions of years ago.

You have the opportunity to stroll with your guide on a walking tour through this tiny cove, with its bustling fishing harbour. Listen as they spin the tales of the cove – how it got its name, the story of its lighthouse, and the lobster fishery, which is the backbone of the local economy. Your walking tour ends at the tribute to the people of Peggy’s Cove, at the DeGarthe Monument. Carved from a massive slab of granite by local artist William DeGarthe, it depicts 32 fishermen, their wives and children. You will surely appreciate why this charming seaside village, with its stately lighthouse, has been an inspiration for artists and writers for generations.

There is time to visit the shops and galleries, or explore the rocks on your own. You can visit the historic lighthouse, which is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world, or learn about the history of this tiny inlet.

You return to Halifax via the Lighthouse Route, as it winds its way through the seaside villages that line historic St Margaret’s Bay.

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TOUR NOTES: The walking tour of Peggy’s Cove (lasting approximately 20 to 30 minutes) is optional. If you wish, you may explore at your leisure. There is a walk of approximately 50 metres from the coach parking place to the Sou’Wester Restaurant & Gift Shop; 200 metres to the lighthouse (there is a short but hilly pavement to negotiate, and five steps up to the lighthouse); and 500 metres from the Sou’Wester Restaurant & Gift Shop downhill through the village to the DeGarthe Monument. Please exercise caution when walking around Peggy’s Cove and pay careful attention to the warning signs; the rocks near the water should be avoided, due to the risk of being washed out to sea. This tour is not recommended for guests using wheelchairs. For reference, the driving time to and from Peggy’s Cove is approximately one hour in each direction; you will spend approximately one and a half hours onsite. We would like to point out that toilets are basic and well used, since this is a major tourist attraction.


View of Halifax, Nova Scotia

TALL SHIP SAILING ADVENTURE (TOUR J)

  • Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere on Tall Ship Silva
  • Learn how to haul on lines or take the wheel with the captain
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

On your Tall Ship cruise you will experience the sights and traditions of Halifax. From the deck of a ship, discover this historic seaside city with miles of shoreline guarded by George’s Island and its graceful lighthouse.

Take an approximate 10 minute walk from your ship to board the Tall Ship Silva, located in the heart of Halifax’s waterfront. The spacious ship has been completely refurbished with indoor and outdoor seating, and a lounge on deck.

The sounds of sea shanties will fill the air as the charming Captain and crew await your arrival. From the deck of a classic Tall Ship you can enjoy the view of Halifax. Keep your camera handy as you watch for marine life while enjoying Canadian pastries, and refreshments.

Lend an ear while the commentator tells tales of historic Halifax and enjoy another local treat - the traditional sounds of the Maritimes, with a performance by a local fiddler.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests must be able to walk to the Tall Ship departure point and walk up and down the gangway to embark the vessel as well as negotiate approximately 10 steps to access the outer deck, 12 steps to access the toilets and four steps to enter the Wheelhouse Pub. You will be onboard for approximately two hours. Guests are advised to dress in warm, comfortable layers, including a waterproof jacket if necessary. Closed-toe walking shoes are a must.

 


Public Gardens, Halifax, Canada

THE BEST OF HALIFAX (TOUR D)

  • Admire the highlights of Halifax
  • Explore the picturesque rural community of Peggy’s Cove
  • Pay your respects to the victims of the Titanic disaster at Fairview Lawn Cemetery
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 7 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

This tour features the top ten sights to see in Halifax and is perfect for those who wish to see all the city has to offer in just one day.

You will travel for approximately one hour to Nova Scotia’s most authentic fishing village where only 40 people live year-round – Peggy’s Cove. Upon arrival, you will visit the world’s most photographed fishing village, and witness the impressive rock formations left behind by eroding glaciers millions of years ago.

Continuing on to Halifax, where you will make a visit to the Fairview Lawn Cemetery where 121 victims of the Titanic disaster are buried. After paying your respects, continue on and witness the busiest street east of Montreal and voted “best place to people watch” – Spring Garden Road with its many restaurants, boutiques and services. Escape to the lush oasis of the Public Gardens, an authentic Victorian garden nestled in the city’s busy downtown. A very short stop will be made here for you to take in those all-important views of the tranquil setting amidst the bustle of commercial Halifax.

Next you will witness a panoramic view from atop one of Canada’s most visited National Historic Sites as you drive around the perimeter of the Citadel. The star shaped fort was built in 1856 by the British to defend themselves against the French, and offers an unparalleled view of the harbour and city. Take time to explore the buildings, see the cannons and watch the 78th Highlanders on site.

Before making the return drive, you will head along Halifax Waterfront where you will see the longest oceanfront boardwalk in Canada and the unique stone buildings of the first business in Halifax. View historic properties and hear tales of privateers, pirates and the founding fathers of the banking industry of Canada whose roots started here. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The majority of walking involved in this tour is at the discretion of the individual; some uneven ground may be encountered. For reference there is approximately one hour of free time at Peggy’s Cove, and 30 minutes at the Historic Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. Please exercise caution when walking around Peggy’s Cove and pay careful attention to the warning signs; the rocks near the water should be avoided due to the risk of being washed out to sea. On Citadel Hill there is a walk of approximately 100 metres from the coach parking area into the central courtyard, where the toilets are located.


TITANIC – THE HALIFAX CONNECTION

  • Relive the history of the Titanic and learn of her connection with Halifax
  • Discover more about one of the greatest maritime tragedies

 

Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Halifax was dubbed for a time as the ‘Funeral City’ following the sinking of the Titanic, however its inhabitants were greatly commended on their response and compassion during the relief effort. Serving as a base for the Titanic recovery operation, Halifax received the bodies of over 200 victims and implemented the numbered marking system used to help identify the unknown by their belongings.

Your tour will encompass all aspects of Halifax’s connection to this devastating event, including the area from where the cable ships were dispatched to recover the casualties; the church where the memorial services were held; the temporary morgue sites which housed the bodies of wealthy victims such as John Jacob Astor and Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where row upon row of identical gravestones, laid out in the shape of a ship’s hull, mark the final resting place of 121 victims.

You will be invited to hear the stories of the two Halifax natives who travelled on the Titanic, whilst driving past St. Mary’s Basilica on Spring Garden Road, Five Fishermen Restaurant (formerly Snow’s Funeral Home), the Mayflower Curling Rink (a temporary morgue site), George Wright’s housing developments and many more.

Your final stop will be at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which houses an excellent permanent exhibition about the 20th century’s most significant marine disaster. The exhibit features previously unpublished photographs, as well as the world’s largest collection of wooden Titanic artefacts, including a post from the famous Grand Staircase and one of the only intact Titanic deck chairs in the world.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: For your reference, you will spend approximately 30 minutes at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery and 45 minutes at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Walking during these stops will be at leisure and the amount of walking undertaken will be at the individual’s discretion. You will need to negotiate uneven beaten grass paths and gravel walkways as well as some steps. This tour is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users, as long as guests can board the coach unaided. Please note that this tour may operate in a different order to that described.
 


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