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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.

Halifax: Guided Halifax Tour and Peggy's Cove Visit

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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: Scenic Peggy's Cove Night Tour with Dinner

6. 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 Boardwalk and Seaport: Smartphone Audio Tour

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

Halifax: Arrivals Private Transfer from Stanfield Airport

10. Halifax: Arrivals Private Transfer from Stanfield Airport

1. Select the transportation service you require (choose the vehicle that better fits your needs the number of passengers and luggage. Provide the following information: Full name, flight number, pick-up date and time, and phone number. 2. Save your voucher. Print it or save it on your phone. 3. 48 hours prior to your ride, you will receive your driver's contact info. 4. 24 hours before, we will provide you with the meeting point info to meet with your driver. 5. Meet your driver at the pick-up location. 6. Present your voucher and identify yourself with the driver. 7. Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 SMALL carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage (surfboards, golf clubs, or bikes) may have certain restrictions; please inquire with the operator prior to travel to confirm if your excess luggage is acceptable. 8. Please consider the storage capacity for luggage based on the number of passengers. For larger groups with larger items, multiple vehicles may be more appropriate.

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What people are saying about Nova Scotia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 43 reviews

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our recent visit to Peggy's Cove. Our guide told us several interesting stories about Halifax on the way there, and also on the way back. She also pointed out things about our surroundings in Halifax and about Peggy's Cove that made the the trip to Peggy's Cove even more interesting. We ended up at Peggy's Cove on a rather foggy day, but that was quite all right because the ever-changing fog lent to the atmosphere and we were able to take many interesting photos of our surroundings there. I would recommend this excursion, no matter the weather.

We had a great tour with Mac who drove us to Peggy's Cove and told us some history and points of interest along the way. We then had 2 hours to explore Peggy's Cove on our own, which was the perfect amount of time. On our ride back we learned some interesting lobster facts and heard a couple of stories about Peggy's Cove and the area.

The staff was very friendly! The tour of Halifax was very interesting and all points of interest were covered. The staff was very patient with the operation of the Segway machine. I would definitely sign up again!

Excellent tour just 6 of us in the car so we're able to ask lots of questions along the way ,Julia our guide Excellent

great tour. enjoyed the drive up and back with a wonderful historian driver