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NOVA SCOTIA TOURS

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Our Guides: Christopher Breckenridge

 

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

Description

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 Hydrostone 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.

Highlights

Hydrostone District:

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.

Public Gardens:

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.

Citadel Hill:

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.

Citadel FortPublic Gardens
 


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.

Description

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.

Highlights

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.

Fairview Cemetery:

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.

Peggy’s Cove:

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.

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