Halifax Public Gardens Tours

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The Halifax Public gardens were opened in 1867 -- the same year as Canadian Confederation. A large team of superintendents, horticulturalists, and gardeners has kept everything blooming for over 100 years, and in 1984, the gardens became a National Historic Site of Canada.

Once you’re through the impressive main gates, you’re free to wander the footpaths at your leisure. There are over 100 species of trees here, as well as a collection of flowerbeds. Peruse the Tropical Display beds for exotic plants from around the world, or take in the colorful dahlias.

Cross the Upper and Lower Bridges and visit The Victoria Jubilee Fountain, added in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The most impressive fountain, however, is the double-tiered Boer War Memorial Fountain, erected in 1903 to honor the service of Canadian soldiers in the South African war.

Titanic lovers will want to check out Griffin’s pond, where a model of the ship floats, donated by the Maritime Ship Modellers Guild. This follows a tradition of displaying ships’ models in Victorian gardens.

And finally, to wrap up the whole experience, grab a coffee and some treats from the Horticultural Hall and Uncommon Grounds Café, and enjoy a lunch from the terrace.

Practical Info

The gardens opening times depend on the season, but their “Open Gate Policy” means that if the gates are open, so are the gardens.  Admission is free.
Address: Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Hours: Apr - Nov: daily 8 am to dusk; Dec - Mar: Closed
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Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour

On this 1-hour Harbour Hopper tour, you'll travel on both land and water aboard a nifty, renovated amphibious Vietnam War vehicle. The unconventional method of transportation gives you an overview of some of Halifax's key landmarks: First, drive by St Paul’s Cathedral, Citadel Hill and Halifax Public Gardens, then splash into Halifax Harbour for panoramic views of the waterfront.
  • Duration: 55 minutes
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