Exploring one of Canada's Oldest Cities
Dynamic seaport, provincial capital, regional metropolis, Halifax has come a long way since its founding in 1749. The British always considered Halifax to be a strategic asset, and that legacy is very much in evidence today. Halifax is Canada's largest naval base, and the city played a crucial role in the Battle of the Atlantic 75 years ago. In 1917, a catastrophic explosion destroyed a quarter of the city and claimed 2, 000 lives -- the worst disaster to ever befall a Canadian city.
James Cook walked the streets of Halifax before he became a world famous explorer; so did General Wolfe before his moment of fame on the Plains of Abraham.
Your guide is a descendant of French settlers who came to this region in the 1630s. He taught Nova Scotia history at Dalhousie University for five years, and military history at Canadian Forces Base Halifax for ten years.
In a four-hour tour we won't get to all of the points of interest listed below, but we'll see most of them. Weather will influence our itinerary to some extent, but so will your interests.
Popular points of interest:
- Citadel Hill
- Public Gardens*
- Grand Parade/St. Paul's Church*
- Province House (Legislative Assembly)
- Government House (Lieut-Governor's residence)
- Old Burying Ground (Crimean War monument)
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (Titanic artifacts)
- Fairview Lawn Cemetery (Titanic graves)
- Africville Church Museum
- Point Pleasant Park (Naval Memorial, Martello Tower)*
- York Redoubt*
- Hydrostone District (Garden City housing project)
- Fort Needham (1917 Halifax Explosion memorial)*
- Admiralty House (Naval museum)
- Shearwater Aviation Museum (extra time needed)
*POI's that involve some walking.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meeting location is flexible. If arriving by cruise ship, exit the terminal and cross the roadway where the tour buses are lined up. I will be waiting in the parking lot with a yellow "Coastline Custom Tours" sign. If you don't see me, look for a black minivan with the same sign in the front window.
Remember that all times quoted are Halifax local (Atlantic) time -- one hour earlier than Eastern time. If you are a group larger than a couple, please meet up on board your vessel and disembark together.
End location: You will be returned to the meeting location. An alternate drop-off point can also be arranged as per your request.
Duration: 4 hours
Four hours is sufficient time to visit about a dozen points of interest. Additional time may be arranged for visiting one of our excellent museums, historic fortifications or the Public gardens, weather permitting.
My 2015 Town & Country minivan accommodates up to six passengers.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 CAD - You are responsible for purchases of a personal nature. Admission to local museums averages $10-15 CAD.
I offer minivan transportation for up to six persons. Please note that I cannot accommodate larger groups.
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