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From Halifax: Peggy’s Cove Express Tour

1. From Halifax: Peggy’s Cove Express Tour

Explore the beautiful Peggy’s Cove, with an experienced, fun, and friendly local guide. Enjoy pickup from your downtown Halifax Peninsula hotel with express access to the iconic Peggy’s Cove. Explore the most photographed lighthouse in Canada, with a small and intimate group tour. Enjoy hotel pickup in the Downtown Halifax Peninsula and begin your fully guided tour towards Peggy's Cove. Ride in comfort and style with a high-end sprinter van, and small groups of less than 6 people. As you drive to this picturesque fishing village, learn fun local facts and tips from your guide and admire the stunning tree-lined landscape. Upon arrival in Peggy's Cove, grab the opportunity to take a picture with Peggy's Point Lighthouse. Take your free time to explore this quaint fishing village, which offers unique, small shops and stunning views of the ocean and surrounding nature. Sit on a sightseeing bench and ponder this turbulent coastal point, before heading back to Halifax.

Charlottetown: Prince Edward Island Small-Group Tour

2. Charlottetown: Prince Edward Island Small-Group Tour

Discover the best of Prince Edward Island on a small-group tour departing from Charlottetown. Experience the island's natural beauty which was the inspiration for Lucy Maud Montgomery’s famous novel, Anne of Green Gables. Enjoy a scenic drive through the province to visit viewpoints, see the home of Anne of Green Gables, and enjoy the gardens at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Co. Enjoy the top attractions and visitor experiences in Charlottetown while avoiding long lines and wait times with a fully guided and narrated tour with attraction admission fees included. Receive hotel pickup and drop-off in the comfort of an air-conditioned van. Meet your guide at your accommodation in downtown Charlottetown and embark on a narrated drive of this beautiful city. Pass by many interesting places such as St. Dunstan's Basilica, the historical Province House, the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Victoria Park, and more. Listen to your guide's notable narration, highlighting important tips and facts about the surrounding area. Discover two separate viewpoints: Dalvay by the Sea Outlook and Cavendish Cliffs Outlooks, with signature views of rugged, red sandstone cliffs. Cavendish Cliffs is famously connected to the story of Anne of Green Gables. Visit her home at the Anne of Green Gables Heritage Site and take some free time to relive Anne's youthful escapades. To finish the tour, head to the Prince Edward Island Preserve Co, a riverside eatery offering refined regional fare and house jams in an airy setting. See, hear, taste, and smell Canada's finest preserves before returning back to your hotel.

Halifax: Guided Halifax Tour and Peggy's Cove Visit

3. 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.

Prince Edward Island, Canada: Walking Tour of Charlottetown

4. Prince Edward Island, Canada: Walking Tour of Charlottetown

Explore Charlottetown on a 2-hour guided walking tour where you will enjoy a combination of history, sightseeing, and entertainment. Your day begins on the city’s waterfront at Confederation Landing. From here, you will head to Great George St. which is known for the evolution of architecture displayed along the way. On one side you will see beautifully preserved Georgian architecture and on the other side of the street you will see Gothic Revival architecture. As you leisurely walk down the street, you will pass by the Bishops Palace and the Basilica Cathedral, considered to be the defining silhouette of Charlottetown. Next, you will stroll around the grounds of Province House, known for being the birthplace of the Confederation, before heading over to Victoria Row. This area is well known for its daily live entertainment, local artists, artisan shops, cafes and farm-to-table restaurants. After, you will view the Confederation Centre of the Arts, where the world-famous Anne of Green Gables play has been running for over 50 years. Your tour will then continue on as you pass multiple points of interest such as Confederation Court Mall, City Hall, and Rochford Square. Then, head over to the Prince Edward Island government buildings, a stunning example of brutalist architecture. Here you will visit the Beaconsfield Historic House and the Government House of Prince Edward Island, which today serves as the home of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island. After this, you will make your way back towards your meeting point as you stroll down the Victoria Boardwalk. Along the way you will pass by the Culinary Institute of Canada, the Queen Charlotte Armoury, and the PEI Convention Centre, arriving back at Peakes Quay and Confederation Landing for the end of your tour.

Saint John: Small-Group City Tour with Optional Jetboat Ride

5. Saint John: Small-Group City Tour with Optional Jetboat Ride

Explore the natural wonders in St. John and its historical attractions with a fun and friendly local guide. Get to the best attractions such as the Carleton Martello Tower, Fort La Tour, Rockwood Park, and the City Market. Enjoy a small group and avoid long lines and wait times for attractions. Upgrade to experience Saint John’s Reversing Falls Rapids on a sightseeing jetboat ride. Embark in style with pickup from your hotel in a comfortable tour van. First, stop at the Saint John City Market, an iconic market dating back to the 1870's and the oldest farmers market in Canada. Browse the large variety of vendors that carry local produce, meats, seafood, and crafts. Next, sit back and relax on a fully narrated driving tour through Saint John. Pass many popular sites and attractions such as the beautiful Rockwood Park, located in the heart of the city and Saint John Port, the bustling Uptown. Drive around King Square, the thrilling Reversing Falls Rapids, Irving House, Red Rose Tea House, City Gardens, and historic Fort Howe while listening to the interesting narration of your guide. Take a step back in history at the Carleton Martello Tower, one of the nine surviving Martello Towers in Canada dating back to 1812. Here, you can look out over the city of Saint John, its harbor, and the skyline from the viewpoint. Make Fort La Tour your last stop, a National Historic Site of Canada and an archaeological site that contains the remains of a 17th-century fortified fur trading post in Saint John. Return back to your Downtown Saint John New Brunswick hotel. Experience the natural beauty of Saint John, New Brunswick.

Halifax: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Admission

6. 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: City Segway Tour

7. Halifax: City Segway Tour

Climb aboard a Segway and make seeing Halifax’s sights a breeze as you glide effortlessly up the city’s many hills. There are two tour lengths to choose from to suit your sightseeing plans and schedule. Both tours include training, stops for pictures, and time to enjoy the visited sites. Check-in at the kiosk on the Halifax Waterfront, sign the waiver and be kitted out with the safety equipment. Prepare for your Segway adventure with 30-minutes of comprehensive training including ample practice time. Then, follow your expert guide along the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk before heading into the city to see the sights. Benefit from the local insights of your guides and enjoy stops for photo opportunities. Your tour duration depends on your selected option. The most popular is the 3-hour City Tour that takes you into the heart of Halifax to see some of the highlights of downtown. The 2-hour City Spin Tour is a shortened version of the 3-hour tour and will take you along the Halifax Waterfront up to Argyle Street and Citadel Hill. Get to know where things are and how the city is laid out so that you can explore further on your own.

Halifax: City Highlights Van Tour with Citadel Hill Visit

8. 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.

Saint John: 150 Years of Beer Tour

9. Saint John: 150 Years of Beer Tour

Discover the spirit of Saint John as you visit three different craft breweries and enjoy plenty of local beer. Learn about the brewing process, the creativity of recipes, and what it is really like to be a brewer. Get a behind-the-scenes look of the various brewhouses, uncovering the aromatic smells and sounds as you go. Sample three to four 5oz beers at each stop, allowing you to truly taste the East Coast. Visit one of the newest locations of the first craft brewery in New Brunswick, the first craft brewery to ever open in Saint John, and a beer bar where you will sample Moosehead, beer from Canada's oldest independently-owned brewery, located in Saint John. Enjoy some snacks at a couple of the stops along the way.

Halifax Boardwalk and Seaport: Smartphone Audio Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Nova Scotia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Great experience, enjoyed a one on one tour with Julie - very knowledgeable. Also had a guide newly arrived from Niagara who I am sure will be a great addition to your team

Very good with Sara. Very informative and friendly. Though not much to see in Peggy’s Cove she made it fun!

Well worth a visit. Loved the photography exhibition and the journey thru time, learnt something new

Our guide was good matured and easy going. As well as being very knowledgable.

A really great trip. Very good value. Would highly recommend.