Halifax City Tour Excursion Reviews
We booked a private tour for just the two of us in Halifax. Our visit was shortened due to rough seas (pilot boat could not approach the ship). We did get a four-hour tour that included highlights of the city, a visit to the Protestant cemetery with many of the Titanic victims, a stop at a maple producer, and time in Peggy's Cove. Our driver, Stewart, was excellent and took us through interesting neighborhoods and back roads. We were among the only visitors at Peggy's Cove when we arrived there and the dramatic overcast skies and scenery were wonderful!
We took a walking tour of Halifax. A double-decker bus picked us up at the port and took us to the absolutely beautiful public garden where we started the walking tour. The tour took us to other interesting historical sites. The kilted guide, a retired school teacher, was wonderful. He knew the history of the area and you could tell that he loved his city. Caution: This is a walking tour requiring almost 2 miles of walking because some cruisers had trouble completing the tour.
At $49.95 per person for 90 minutes, this was at the high end for what we'd normally pay for a city tour. But it was well worth the money. The guide was a retired railroad official who provided a steady stream of facts and stories about the city. Highlights included seeing the vast amount of green space that Halifax has preserved for public use, and visiting the site of the 1917 explosion that killed 2000 residents and destroyed much of the city.
Be sure to bring your comfortable shoes, as the walking tour is quite extensive. A lovely city with a spectacular central park. Lots and lots to do.
Halifax is a charming city and some nice walkable sites. However, much of it is uphill from the port, so a challenge for those who aren't in good shape or have any mobility issues.
We had a combined tour that included a short City tour and visit to the Fairview Lawn Cemetery (Titanic burial site). It was nice.