Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, is located on the eastern side of the Canadian map and is one of Canada's chief coastal cities in this region. Nova Scotia means New Scotland and the region was settled by Scottish immigrants in the 17th century.…
Things to do in Halifax
Depart from the Canadian shores in Halifax and sail along the crystal-blue waters of the harbor, taking in the beauty of islands and inlets like Bedford Basin, the Narrow, and George's Island along the way. Pass by Citadel Hill and McNabs Island and learn about these local points of interest.
As you cruise, smell freshly baked apple pie being prepared while you dine on farm-fresh selections like free-range chicken or locally caught salmon. The staff provides steaming hot coffee and a selection of teas to complement your meal.
Sample menu includes:
- Fresh house salad
- Homemade creamy potato and vegetable salad
- Seafood chowder made with fresh Atlantic seafood in a creamy broth
- Steamed Atlantic mussels in white wine and garlic butter
- Chicken Breast Supreme—tender chicken breast wrapped in fresh bacon with a savory barbeque glaze
- Poached Atlantic Salmon—a fresh filet poached to perfection, served with a dilled hollandaise sauce
- Murphy's oven-roasted potatoes, rice pilaf, and fresh vegetable of the day
- Homemade Deep-Dish Apple Crisp—fresh-baked apples covered in a deep crust topped with whipped cream Read More close
Depart from the Canadian shores in Halifax and then sail along the crystal blue waters of the harbor while taking in the beauty of islands and inlets like Bedford Basin, the Narrows, and Georges Island along the way. As you pass Citadel Hill and McNabs Island, listen to light commentary about the sights.
While you cruise through the Northwest Arm, an inlet with numerous small peninsulas like Melville and Deadman's islands, dine on an expansive brunch prepared using fresh and locally sourced ingredients including farm-fresh eggs, Hickory-smoked bacon, and organic pork sausage. The staff provides steaming hot coffee and a variety of teas to complement your meal.
As relaxing music plays in the background, explore the 3 spacious decks of the Harbour Queen I and spend time on the open-air top deck to admire the spectacular scenery. Chat with your cruise companions before heading back to the Halifax ferry terminal. Read More close
Climb aboard the 75-foot (23-m) Mar, a Danish-designed ketch that has toured the world, and now waits to take you on a thrilling adventure off the coast of Nova Scotia. As you cruise out of the marina, find a comfortable spot to sit and let the gusting breeze pull you into the harbor.
Enjoy the refreshing ocean air as you snap photos of the beautiful environment. Consider grabbing a drink at the onboard bar while your experienced captain maintains the course and offers fascinating anecdotes about the local area.
Before you head back to shore, take your own turn at the boat’s wheel and learn how to adjust the rigging from your friendly crew. When the wind dies down, help lower the sails and return to shore while grabbing closer looks at the stunning scenery. Read More close
Your adventure begins on a plush air-conditioned bus, where you're greeted by a knowledgeable and friendly driver dressed in a traditional Nova Scotia plaid kilt. Venture through the Fairview Lawn Cemetery and Halifax Memorial Bell Tower, learning about many tragic historical deaths. Along your journey, discover Halifax's pivotal role in recovering over 300 survivors of the graven Titanic disaster of 1912.
Just outside downtown Halifax, tour Saint Mary's Church, a beautiful glass-stained Roman Catholic basilica. View the impressive 1749 Halifax Commons, a community center that hosted over 80,000 people when Pope John Paul II and Princess Diana visited. Arrive at the charming downtown and immerse yourself in the livelihood of Halifax's bustling markets, local artisans, historic museums, and picturesque waterfront dining options. Read More close
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Your tour starts on land, as you drive by landmarks in Halifax’s downtown historic district. Pass St Paul’s Cathedral—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 as a symbol and tribute to Halifax’s key naval role during the British Empire. Pass by Halifax Public Gardens, a stunning Victorian-era garden where you can catch glimpses of linden and elm trees, wrought-iron gates, statues, and exotic and semitropical flowers.
Then hold on as you plunge into the waters of Halifax Harbour, your vehicle switching into boat mode as you cruise by the waterfront, navy ships, and submarines. Learn about the 1917 Halifax Explosion, the city’s naval fleet, and Halifax’s role during times of both war and peace. While making your way back to the pier, you might hear an anecdote about the supposedly haunted Five Fisherman's Restaurant, or see the mysterious face in the window at St. Paul's Cathedral that appeared after the Halifax Explosion. Read More close
From Halifax, journey just over an hour and find Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a quaint town nestled in the southern shores of Nova Scotia. Discover the city's breathtaking waterfront, impressive architecture, and rich heritage dating back to the 18th century British colonial settlement. While here, enjoy admission to the Fisheries Museum or the Walking Tour of Lunenburg—both highlighting the town's achievements and livelihood.
After you've explored for a few hours, depart towards Mahone Bay, famous for its picturesque beauty and glass-stained churches along the shore. Learn about the town's unique history of piracy, religious wars, and impressive wooden boat construction.
Take a break from the bustling Halifax and discover some of Canada's prettiest seaside towns. Read More close
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Grab your binoculars and head out into the steel-grey waters of the Atlantic Ocean. With your eyes peeled, look for the characteristic blast of sea spray from mink whales or the dramatic breech of an enormous fin whale. Divert your attention closer to the boat for the chance to catch glimpses of smaller creatures, like slipper seals. As they shake the seawater form their whiskers, snap a photo and listen to your guides explain more about their behavior and habitat. The boat maintains knowledgeable staff—often marine biologists in training—to answer any questions you might have.
As the day continues, check more critters off your list, including tuna, sunfish, and dolphins. In between sightings, feed chattering seabirds and learn how to pull a real lobster trap. Before your return trip to the marina, snap a few photos with the delicious crustaceans and find out the best way to handle them without getting clipped by their curious claws. Read More close
Drive just under an hour from Halifax to Peggy’s Cove and enjoy scenic views of Nova Scotia’s lush countryside and picturesque waterfront. Along the way, hear fascinating stories of Nova Scotia’s rich history and vibrant culture. Arrive at the beautiful shores of Saint Margaret’s Bay and spend free time perusing the village shops and local artisan galleries.
Venture along the rugged Atlantic shoreline to the renowned lighthouse of Peggy’s Cove, North America's most photographed lighthouse. This postcard-worthy lighthouse sits atop massive boulders, with the vast blue of Saint Margaret’s Bay as a backdrop. Sit and watch the waves splash the shore, enjoy endless photograph opportunities, and even spend time hiking over the expansive boulders—a rewarding experience for all ages. Read More close
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3 hours 30 minutes
As you step aboard the majestic ship in Halifax Harbour, journey back in time to an era when these beautiful vessels were in their prime. Explore the authentic timber-built tall ship and set sail around the peaceful harbor of Halifax, taking in splendid views of the skyline. Shoot incredible photos of waterfront landmarks and scenery as you skim over the waves.
Listen to insightful commentary from your captain, who provides an excellent overview of the sights as well as the fascinating history of tall ships. This is a great time to try your hand at onboard activities like hauling in lines, helping to hoist the sails with the crew, or lending a hand at the helm. Kids can join in on Junior Sailor activities and earn gold chocolate coins from the captain as you cruise. If you'd prefer to leave the sailing to the experts, you can just sit back with a beverage and admire the views before returning to the harbor to continue your visit of Halifax on dry land. Read More close