Welcome to Nova Scotia
If Nova Scotia were a film, its protagonists would be rugged yet kind-hearted, burnt by the wind and at one with the sea. It would be shot against a backdrop of rolling green fields and high sea-cliffs; its soundtrack would feature fiddles, drums and evocative piano scores; and its plot would be a spirited romp around themes of history, community and family.Nova Scotia is the real deal. Its wild and wonderfully... Read More
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Peggy's Cove Day Trip from Halifax
Board a comfortable coach at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in the afternoon and relax on your scenic journey southwest to Peggy’s Cove, a small rural community on the eastern shore of St Margaret’s Bay located less than an hour away from Halifax. Along the way, your friendly, knowledgeable guide will offer an interesting and informative overview of this area. When you arrive, you’ll understand why this postcard-worthy fishing village is an artist’s paradise. This independent tour gives you the flexibility to create your own schedule and explore at your own pace, so the afternoon is yours to spend as you please. Soak up the quaint charm of the fishing village, settled by Germans in 1811, as you walk along the seawall and enjoy views of the rugged Atlantic coast. In the village, browse shops, wander down tucked-away side streets, and grab a bite to eat at one of the many fine restaurants or cafes (own expense).If you’re feeling adventurous, there are several activities to choose from: hiking, kayaking, fishing, golfing, whale watching (seasonal), bird watching and more (activities at own expense). Don’t miss the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the world! Walk along Lighthouse Trail and capture photos of the classic red and white lighthouse, situated on an extensive granite outcrop. This lighthouse is still operated by the Canadian Coast Guard.After your Peggy’s Cove day trip, relax on the drive back to Halifax.
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
Your 1-hour tour begins at the Halifax Ferry Terminal, where you’ll board the Harbour Hopper, a refitted amphibious Vietnam War vehicle that formerly transported supplies from ships to shore. From your seat on the covered open deck, enjoy excellent vantage points of the city’s top attractions on and off dry land as you listen to your driver’s banter and engaging commentary. During the tour, pick up tips on where to eat, shop and find the best entertainment in town.First, stay on land and weave through Halifax’s historic district downtown. Pass St Paul’s Church, the city’s oldest building dating back to 1749, and the first Anglican cathedral built outside of England. Capture views of Citadel Hill, where Fort George sits on top as a landmark and tribute to Halifax’s key naval role during the British Empire. Drive by Halifax Public Gardens, a stunning example of a Victorian-era garden. Admire linden and elm trees and catch glimpses of wrought-iron gates, a bandstand, fountains and statues, as well as exotic and semitropical flowers. Then hold on as you plunge into the waters of Halifax Harbour for views of the waterfront and navy ships and submarines. Learn about the 1917 Halifax Explosion, the city’s naval fleet, and Halifax’s role during times of war and peace. Return to the departure point, ready to hit the town for further exploration on your own.
Halifax City Tour
Meet your kilted guide at Halifax's Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where you'll board an air-conditioned coach for a 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. This city is steeped in fascinating maritime history, and your guide will regale you with tales of pirates, privateers and more.History buffs and fans of the film Titanic alike will find interest at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where 121 victims of the tragic shipwreck are buried, and a marker for ‘J Dawson’ stands. Learn about those who died during the Halifax Explosion of 1917, who also rest here. Make a photo stop at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, perched on a hill in the center of the city. This fort is a symbol of Halifax’s role as one of the British Empire’s major naval stations, and spans a grassy park in the shape of an eight-point star.Enjoy the oasis of the Halifax Public Gardens, modeled after a Victorian-era garden, dotted with linden and elm trees, as well as exotic and semitropical flowers. Admire wrought-iron gates, a bandstand and fountains. Swing by the national historic site of Province House, a Palladian-style, three-story sandstone building built in 1819 as the seat of government for Nova Scotia. Learn the story behind the construction of the Old Town Clock, and drive by St Paul’s Church, the city’s oldest building dating back to 1749. Other sights include the Spring Garden Road area, City Hall and Grand Parade.Along the waterfront, admire the Victorian-Italianate façades of the Historic Properties, warehouses dating back to the late 1700s. Your tour concludes back at the maritime museum.Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from June through October.
Lunenburg and Mahone Bay Day Trip from Halifax
Your day trip through Nova Scotia begins with coach pickup from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. After a 1.5-hour drive southwest, you'll arrive in Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed port town on Nova Scotia's South Shore.Your kilted guide will lead you on an informative walking tour to introduce you to the city's highlights and interesting history. Learn about British colonial settlement in North America as you take in sights of unique architecture and design. Home to Lunenburg Academy, Nova Scotia's largest fishing fleet, Lunenburg is famous for its fishing culture and boat building. Your guide will entertain you with stories about bootlegging along the craggy coastline decades ago.From Lunenburg, continue driving north along Mahone Bay, whose town of the same name is famous for its shoreline churches and picturesque beauty. Enjoy time to explore this remarkable seaside town and stroll past artisan galleries, century-old buildings, eclectic specialty shops, romantic restaurants, museums and inns, all exuding a unique charm blended with a modern-day feel. For lunch, you may bring your own food or dine at a local restaurant. After your tour, relax on the drive back to Halifax.
Small-Group Annapolis Valley Wine and Food Tour from Halifax
You’ll be picked up from your downtown Halifax hotel in the morning and taken on a 1-hour drive by comfortable vehicle to Annapolis Valley, located in the western part of the Nova Scotia peninsula.Your guide will take you to three award-winning wineries for tours and wine tastings. Start at Planters Ridge Winery, a rustic winery in Port Williams that's housed in a 150-year-old restored barn. Soak up the beautiful countryside setting and tour the production rooms to learn about the winemaking process, from harvesting grapes to bottling wine.Around midday, head to Restaurant Le Caveau, named one of the world’s top 20 winery restaurants, for a two-course gourmet lunch. You can then take time to shop at the winery’s boutiques with your wine tote bag, a complimentary take-home gift. Head next to L’Acadie Vineyards, one of Nova Scotia’s only certified organic wineries. Taste their signature sparkling wines, which have won international fame, and learn all about organic farming. To compliment your wine tastings, you’ll make your way to Fox Hill Cheese House, where you’ll indulge in a selection of the dairy farm's 20 fresh, locally made cheese varieties, including cheddar and Havarti. You’ll also visit whimsical Tangled Garden, where herbs and fruit are transformed into mouth-watering jams, jellies, mustards and chutneys. Enjoy some sumptuous tastings and feel free to purchase (own expense) any treats that catch your eye – they’re sure to enhance any meal!After your tour, you’ll be driven back to your Halifax hotel.
Peggy's Cove and Halifax Tour with Lobster Roll Lunch
This tour offers a wide variety of stops that will delight and amaze you and takes you to places off the beaten path! Enjoy great conversation along the way to the first stop, the SS Atlantic Heritage Park, a place that is skipped over by other tour companies. Many do not realize that the sinking of this vessel in April 1873 was the worst single-vessel marine disaster to occur prior to the Titanic. You will have time to visit the interpretation centre to learn about the sinking and see artifacts from the ship and then walk out to the memorial and enjoy the peacefulness and picturesque scenery of the bay. Then it's onto Peggy's Cove, passing scenic fishing villages and gorgeous shorelines along the way. Once at Peggy's Cove, you'll be able to have time to browse the various gift shops and capture the waves as they crash on the rocks in front of the world's most photographed lighthouse. Just a short drive away from Peggy's Cove, is the Swiss Air Memorial, a beautifully designed memorial for the 229 victims of the Swiss Air Flight 111 in 1998. Big tour companies can't stop here because of the small parking lot so you'll be able to enjoy this stop free from the crowds.Included in the tour is a tasty lunch at The Finer Diner, overlooking beautiful Hackett’s Cove.Savour one of their delicious Lobster Rolls (other sandwiches are available if you're not a lobster lover) before heading back to Halifax. Once back in the city, you'll visit the Titanic Gravesite to learn about the disaster and the stories behind those lost in the sinking. Then you'll see another great sight that the larger tour buses cannot access - the Hydrostone neighbourhood! This area was built after the Halifax Explosion of 1917 and you'll learn just how disastrous this was to the city. It's another part of history that is overlooked by many!The tour concludes with drop off at your accommodations.