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Halifax: Guided Halifax Tour and Peggy's Cove Visit

1. Halifax: Guided Halifax Tour and Peggy's Cove Visit

Your adventurous day begins with a scenic drive to Peggy’s Cove. Located about an hour’s drive away from Halifax, Peggy’s Cove is a picturesque fishing village with plenty to see and do. While driving up to Peggy’s Cove, your guide will point out notable sights, landmarks, and scenic views. Upon arrival to the cove you will be given plenty of free time in which you can explore the area around the historical lighthouse, stroll along the ocean looking for tidal pools, head into the village to watch the fishermen come and go, or go shopping in one of the small boutiques and shops. After exploring Peggy’s Cove, you will head back to downtown Halifax where you will stop at Citadel Hill where a historical guide will be waiting to take you on an amazing tour. Throughout the tour, you will explore prison cells and alleyways which date back to 1745.  The day ends on a high note with a driving tour of downtown Halifax. The driving tour will take you by the city’s most well-known buildings and landmarks, such as the Titanic Cemetery, the City Gardens, Pier 21, and the Halifax Farmers Market. At the end of the driving tour, you will be dropped off at a location of your choosing.

Halifax: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Admission

2. Halifax: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Admission

Book in advance and enjoy flexible admission for the Canadian Museum of Immigration. Plan your visit around the weather and your travel schedule with a ticket allowing you to visit within 7 days either side of your booked date. The museum is located on Halifax's waterfront in the national historic site of Pier 21.. Step into the past and experience what it was like to immigrate to Canada. Join a passionate guide for a tour in English or French of the Pier 21 Story Exhibition. Your admission includes access to all exhibitions. Follow the evolution of immigration to Canada in the Canadian Immigration Story Exhibition. Dive into first-hand accounts of newcomers to Canada’s culture, economy, and way of life - from the past to the present. Watch an original 20-minute documentary 'In Canada' for compelling stories of journey and belonging. One of the museum's expert researchers can help you uncover your family's journey at the Scotiabank Family History Centre. You can also shop Canadian treasures at the museum's one-of-a-kind gift shop.

Halifax: Scenic Peggy's Cove Night Tour with Dinner

3. Halifax: Scenic Peggy's Cove Night Tour with Dinner

Start the tour with pick up directly from your hotel in downtown Halifax before heading out on a scenic, narrated drive to Peggy’s Cove. Arrive in Peggy’s Cove just in time to watch the sunset with the famous Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse (also known as Peggy’s Point Lighthouse) overlooking the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop. Then, head to Rhubarb Restaurant, a local favourite in the area, for dinner. Rhubarb Restaurant is known for its fresh, locally-sourced food and casual atmosphere. After dinner, your guide will bring you back to downtown Halifax for a scenic, narrated driving tour through the city. Pass multiple points of interest including the Titanic cemetery (Fairview Lawn Cemetery), Pier 21, Halifax Farmers Market and Point Pleasant Park. After your scenic, illuminated tour of downtown Halifax your guide will bring you back to your hotel.

Halifax: City Highlights Van Tour with Citadel Hill Visit

4. Halifax: City Highlights Van Tour with Citadel Hill Visit

Explore Halifax — the City of Trees — with a local guide on a van tour with a skip-the-security-line entry ticket to the historic Citadel Hill. Learn about the city’s rich history and local culture from your guide who will tell you stories as you drive past iconic attractions. Be greeted at your downtown Halifax hotel and begin your fully guided tour in the comfort and style of a van. Head to your first stop, Citadel Hill — one of Canada’s most visited national historic sites and a major attraction in the city’s downtown core. There, hop out of your van to walk through the grounds. Learn about the military history of the hill and see the Highlander reenactment interpreters dressed in traditional uniforms from the 1800s. Next, enjoy a fully narrated drive, passing multiple points of interest such as Point Pleasant Park, Halifax Port, national historic site Pier 21, and the Halifax Seaport Market — the oldest, continuously operating farmers market in North America. Continue to see the bustling Halifax Waterfront, an iconic brewery — Alexander Keith’s, as well as the lush City Gardens. See Fairview Lawn Cemetery, which is best known as the final resting place for over 100 victims of the sinking of the Titanic. Listen to your guide's ongoing highlights and tips about the surrounding area along your drive before being dropped back off at your hotel downtown.

Halifax Boardwalk and Seaport: Smartphone Audio Tour

5. Halifax Boardwalk and Seaport: Smartphone Audio Tour

Discover the Port of Halifax with this smartphone tour. Find historical sites and artifacts from as early as the 1700’s on this 1.5 kilometer route. Be transported to when privateers grew rich off their daring escapades at sea on this informative tour. Follow the development of this area through the ages as this boisterous port of call grew into a vibrant, modern city. Start at Pier 21 where so many immigrants first stepped foot in Canada to begin new lives. Stroll past monuments, statues, and sculptures honoring those who helped make Halifax the city it is today. Walk along the one of the longest boardwalks in the world at your own pace. Save your data with an offline tour. Visit marine museums and walk on the deck of an Edwardian steamship the CSS Acadian. From late June to October the HMCS Sackville, Canada’s oldest warship welcomes visitors on board. Finish at the Market Mall where you can do some shopping.

Halifax: Discover the Halifax Explosion Audio Walking Tour

6. Halifax: Discover the Halifax Explosion Audio Walking Tour

Find out how the Halifax explosion had a profound effect on Halifax with this audio tour that can be accessed on your smartphone. Listen to the story of how the Halifax explosion devastated the community of Richmond. Be moved as you hear how the city came together to give aid and rebuild. Step back in time to that fateful day with each stop on your tour. Pay your respects at the memorials erected to honor the victims on St. Joseph's Square, the Memorial Bell Tower, Richmond Staircase, and the Veith House Community Centre. Visit Fort Needham Park and hear some of Halifax's war history. Discover the drama behind the collision of the SS Mont Blanc and the SS Imo. Pass by other places of note like the old Richmond School and the Halifax Relief Commission Building. Let your audio guide tell you the tale of the Halifax explosion and more. Go to as many sights and attractions as you want and take the tour at your own pace. End your tour at the Hydrostone District and Market.

Halifax: Churches, Gardens, & Graveyards Smartphone Tour

7. Halifax: Churches, Gardens, & Graveyards Smartphone Tour

Explore Halifax's landmarks on a self-guided walking tour. Listen to hands-free audio narration and interact with what you see with an attraction-based trivia game. Have the freedom to explore the city at your own pace with a convenient tour that be paused and resumed. Walk through the city's first graveyard at Camp Hill. Delve into stories behind the Holy Cross Cemetery, and the Old Burying Grounds. Admire the impressive architecture of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, and St. Paul's Church. Immerse yourself in history at the the Halifax Armoury and the City Hall. Venture to Victoria Park to find out what makes it Victorian. Go to the heart of the city to see the Halifax Public Gardens and Canada's oldest urban park, the Halifax Common. Dive into tales of the many people that made Halifax what it is today. Take away the stress of looking at a map with the GPS function that will direct you to places like the Museum of Natural History. Hear automatic commentary play as you approach places like the Old Town clock.

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our tour specialist Leanne started our trip at the Pier area from its south to northern part of the pier, she said that the Canadian Naval Fleet are stationed in Halifax. After a few turns in the downtown area we proceed to the Fairview Lawn Cemetery to visit the 150 victims from the sinking of Titanic in April 15, 1912. Leanne also told us the unfortunate Halifax Explosion in 1917 , just 5 years later after the Titanic sinking, involving 2 ships that were Collided, the Mont Blanc who were full of explosives and Immo. The last part of the tour is the visit at the Halifax Citadel National Historical Site. We fully thanks our tour specialist Leanna for her rich knowledged about the history of some events that happened in Halifax. Me and my Christine would highly recommend your tour company.

Excellent guide! I learned about this incredibly beautiful and special area of Nova Scotia. Even though there was a little rain, it didn’t dampen my spirit or that of my wonderful guide. The ride there and back was super comfy and scenery was amazing along the way. The supper of lobster was also superb! So grateful to have been able to visit a place on my bucket list! Worth every penny!!

The tour was great ! Jake was amazing! So friendly and told us every details during the 4 hours tour. Very personalize tour that includes pick up / drop off at your hotel , so very convenient. The tour includes the most important highlights in Halifax ! Great service and totally recommended !

Our guide was enthusiastic, professional, knowledgeable and funny. My wife and I would use your services again in a heart beat.

Very informative ... showed and discussed topics that added to our personal visits to other attractions. Highly recommended !