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  • Location:Halifax, Canada
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Halifax City Tour

Soak up the sights, history and maritime legacy of Halifax on this 2.5-hour coach tour. Pass by Province House, the Halifax Public Gardens, St Paul’s Church and the Old Town Clock. Snap shots of the hilltop Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and learn about the fort’s role in the British Empire. You'll also visit Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where 121 victims of the 'Titanic' tragedy are buried. Throughout the tour, enjoy live narration from a kilted guide.


  • 2.5-hour Halifax sightseeing tour by coach
  • See top attractions such as the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, the Halifax Public Gardens and Province House
  • Visit Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where 121 victims of the RMS Titanic are buried
  • Learn about Halifax's sights and maritime history from a knowledgeable guide
  • Choose a morning or afternoon departure to suit your schedule

What You Can Expect

Halifax City Tour

St Paul's Anglican Church, Halifax

Meet your kilted guide at Halifax's Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where you'll board an air-conditioned coach for a 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. This city is steeped in fascinating maritime history, and your guide will regale you with tales of pirates, privateers and more.

History buffs and fans of the film Titanic alike will find interest at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where 121 victims of the tragic shipwreck are buried, and a marker for ‘J Dawson’ stands. Learn about those who died during the Halifax Explosion of 1917, who also rest here.

Make a photo stop at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, perched on a hill in the center of the city. This fort is a symbol of Halifax’s role as one of the British Empire’s major naval stations, and spans a grassy park in the shape of an eight-point star.

Enjoy the oasis of the Halifax Public Gardens, modeled after a Victorian-era garden, dotted with linden and elm trees, as well as exotic and semitropical flowers. Admire wrought-iron gates, a bandstand and fountains.

Swing by the national historic site of Province House, a Palladian-style, three-story sandstone building built in 1819 as the seat of government for Nova Scotia. Learn the story behind the construction of the Old Town Clock, and drive by St Paul’s Church, the city’s oldest building dating back to 1749. Other sights include the Spring Garden Road area, City Hall and Grand Parade.

Along the waterfront, admire the Victorian-Italianate façades of the Historic Properties, warehouses dating back to the late 1700s. Your tour concludes back at the maritime museum.

Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from June through October.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Rene was our guide and we were able to find our a lot of information while on the tour. We were able to plan the rest of our visit based on this tour. Thank you, it was time and money well spent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was great! Our guide, David, knew his stuff. He was funny, entertaining, incredibly informative and insightful. A lovely tour--highly recommend it! Thanks again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great bus tour of City. Could spend more time at the Citadel and less at the Fairview Cemetery. The tour guide was great with lots of information.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was phenomenal! I have recommended it to everyone back at home! I learned so much and had so much fun on it! The guide was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was a great tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. It was very interesting to learn the history of Halifax.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

well done--excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The tour was great. It covered all the important parts of the city. We later walked to see some of the highlights that were pointed out by our tour director. The tour director did a great job. He really knew the history of Halifrax and all of it's points of interests. I would recommend this tour as a starting point for exploring Halifax on foot.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Tour leader was a lifelong Nova Scotian. He was well informed and led an interesting, comprehensive tour of Halifax. We had a great time.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Pleasant and nice tour. Guiding very good. Grave Yard Titanic Victums impressiv.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Fantastic history dialogue and complete tour of the city. I highly recommend the tour.

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