William and Christopher Breckenridge are some of the most knowledgeable guys in the city - you'll be lucky to have them as your tour guides. They also wrote these tour descriptions, so you know exactly what you're going to get. Check out their bio's and tours below:
William calls Halifax his home. He loves nothing more than showing off his historic and cultural city to visitors. William has been guiding tours for over 10 years. At Saint Mary's University he majored in Classics and double minored in Cultural/Urban Geography and History. William has also worked at the Maritime Museum for six years as an interpretive guide. His goal is to show you Halifax's downtown connection to the Titanic, Halifax Explosion, Military History and much more - and for you to walk away with a broader knowledge base of Halifax and Nova Scotia history. William invites you to "enjoy home away from home".
Christopher was born and raised in Halifax. He has a diploma in Business Administration (Accounting) from Nova Scotia Community College, and a Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Hospitality from Mount Saint Vincent University. Christopher has a passion for history and learning about what history can teach us. Christopher was also an interpretive guide and accountant at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for four years. He looks forward to being your Halifax and Nova Scotia guide to share the history and culture with you.
*NOTE: Tour guide and transportation are included. Please wear appropriate clothing and foot wear. Let us know of any needs, such as wheelchair access. Some sites visited are on seasonal schedules please consult at time of booking.
Halifax Historic and Explosion Tour
Duration: 4 Hours
Route: Cruise Ship Terminal, Point Pleasant Park, Citadel Hill, Public Gardens, Grand Pre/St. Paul’s Church, Brunswick St/ St. George’s Round Church, Hydrostone/ Fort Needham, over the MacDonald Bridge down Fairbanks St. to Sinnot Hill Park, Albro Lake Rd to Pinecrest Park, Fisherman’s Cove Eastern Passage and back to drop off spot.
Start and End locations: Will be discussed at time of booking the tour
Halifax was founded in 1749 and has one of the largest harbours in the world. Enjoy the Rich Harbour views of Halifax’s Point Pleasant Park and learn of the pirate hangings on Black Rock beach. See the splendour of the Public Gardens and imagine a walk through this iconic Victorian Garden. Travel back over 200 years, visit the churches of Halifax St. Paul’s Church and St. George’s Round Church. Learn about Halifax’s greatest tragedy, the Halifax Explosion at the Hdyrostone Market and Fort Needham. Over 2500 died and it is the world’s largest pre-atomic blast. Continue to learn about the Halifax Explosion by touring through the City of Lakes Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The tour will stop at scenic locations for photos of Halifax. Continue the tour to Fisherman’s Cove view the marshes and McNab’s Island. This a tour where you can really get the Haligonian experience.
Designated by Parks Canada as a Federal Heritage Site, Halifax’s Hydrostone District was designed to rebuild Halifax’s Northend after the Halifax Explosion. Visitors will have a unique experience at the Hydrostone Market which unique shops and eateries. The Market is open seven days a week, with most shops open on Sunday.
Halifax Public Gardens began on Common land by the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society in 1836. The Gardens are one of the best-preserved examples of a Victorian Garden in North America
The Gardens is the recipient of the 2017 ‘Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For’ Garden Tourism Awards from the Canadian Garden Council and the American Public Gardens Association. The Public Gardens, was recognized as a National Historic Site in 1984.
A visit to Halifax is not complete without a climb up Citadel Hill. This fort brings visitors back to the deep routes of Halifax’s military past. The forts star shape design leaves visitors recalling the age of Victorian Military Architecture.
Titanic & Peggy’s Cove Tour
Duration: 4 Hours
Route: Cruise ship terminal through downtown Halifax to Citadel Hill, to Fairview Cemetery, to Peggy’s Cove, and back to Halifax.
This tour focuses on the heroic response by the citizens of Halifax to a true tragedy while offering to a chance to explore the beauty of nature that only Nova Scotia can offer. In 1912 Halifax came to the aid of the most famous Ocean liner sinking in history: the Titanic. Halifax was the closest railway port to New York in 1912 and so the victims of the Titanic were brought to Halifax. Today, there are 150 Titanic victims buried in three Halifax cemeteries. The tour will then take you to Nova Scotia’s iconic symbol Peggy’s Cove. Here see the famous lighthouse and explore the idyllic rocky Atlantic Ocean shoreline. See how nature has shaped the Nova Scotian spirit.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church:
The church was built in 1750, making it the oldest Anglican Church in North America and the oldest building in Halifax. This is where some of the victims of the Titanic services were held and has a reminder of the Halifax Explosion with the image of the priest for ever etched into the window.
121 victims of the Titanic sinking are interred at Fairview. The graves are aligned in the shape of a ships bow. This is still an active cemetery in Halifax and is a sacred place to visit.
This picturesque fishing village inspires many visitors to gaze out into the power of the Atlantic Ocean while enjoying the tranquility of a coastal village. The lighthouse ever on guard reminds visitors of the perils the water can bring such as Swiss Air memorial.
South Shore Tour (Chester, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg)
Duration: 6 Hours
Route: Downtown Halifax, Fairview Cemetery, Chester, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, back to Halifax.
This six-hour voyage will be one not to miss. Explore the highlights of Atlantic Canada’s largest city Halifax, Nova Scotia. In Halifax a stop will be at the Fairview Cemetery, site of the Titanic Graves. Continue on to drive to Chester; home to many of Nova Scotia’s classiest cottages and full of hundreds of years of history. Next, be enchanted by the classic fishing towns of Mahone Bay and Lunenburg (A UNESCO World Heritage Site). Hear stories of pirates along Nova Scotia’s majestic rugged coastline and the treasure of Oak Island. In Mahone Bay you will have art galleries and shops to explore. In Lunenburg visit the Fisheries Museum and learn of the home town of the world-famous schooner, the Bluenose. Learn of this towns proud ship building past while taking in the charm of colonial houses.
- Travel to Lunenburg and Mahone Bay from Halifax
- Take a guided tour of Lunenburg
- Enjoy time in Mahone Bay visiting the many shops and sites
- Learn about the mystery of the Oak Island Treasure and tales of pirates
Fall Colours Valley Tour
Duration: 6 Hours
Route: Through Dartmouth along the Shubie Canal, To Mount Uniacke Estate, Grand Pre, Kentville, back to Halifax to Fairview Cemetery, drop off at end location.
Fall in Nova Scotia is full of life and colour! This is a natural beauty at its best. Travel through the rich agricultural heart of Nova Scotia and learn about the worlds highest tides. First visit the Shubie Canal built not only for trade, but also in response to the threat of American invasion. Learn about one of Nova Scotia’s most prominent Victorian Age families, the Uniackes. Next, visit the wonderful Valley town of Kentville and Wolfville and get a chance to explore rural Nova Scotia. Learn of this area rich history and the expulsion of the Acadians. This tour is very open itinerary, a chance to visit and relax, maybe have a glass of fine Nova Scotian Wine. Driving back to Halifax there will be a brief stop at the Titanic grave site of Fairview Cemetery.
Grand-Pré is dedicated to the memory of the Acadian people. The site allows visitors to learn about Le Grand Dérangement (the expulsion). Grand Pré functioned as a centre of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755. Between 1755-1762 the Acadians were deported from Nova Scotia to many places around the world, such as New Orleans. Throughout the world, the site remains in the heart of all Acadians as their ancestral homeland.
Town of Wolfville:
Town of Wolfville was once a once a hunting ground for First Nations people. The Acadians began farming in the area from 1680 by building dykes to capture the water of the Minas Basin to create ideal farmland for crops and livestock. After the Acadians were deported the town was settled by New England Planters for agricultural use. In 1830, the town was formally named Wolfville after the town’s postmaster, Elisha DeWolf Jr. The town is famous for its production of Apples and home to Acadia University, founded in 1838.