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Halifax, the maritime capital of Nova Scotia, is the ideal starting point for many day trips around Canada’s second-smallest province. Here are our top picks for memorable day trips from Halifax, from which idyllic villages, wineries, and scenic ocean views are all just an easy jaunt away.

Peggy’s Cove — 27 miles (43 km) away
Situated on an inlet about 50 minutes from downtown Halifax is Peggy’s Cove, a quaint fishing village with an active lobster fleet. With its rustic houses, picturesque pier, and boulder-strewn coastline, Peggy’s Cove is undeniably charming. Its ace card is its red and white lighthouse, which stands atop a wave-battered boulder outcrop. Erected in 1915, this photogenic lighthouse has become a poster child for Canada’s Maritime Provinces, appearing prominently on tourist literature for the region. You can drive here or visit as part of a tour.

Mahone Bay — 54 miles (87 km) away
Farther south along the coast sits historic Mahone Bay, a former shipbuilding town. Photograph its trio of churches—St. James’ Anglican, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, and Trinity United—and take a boat ride out into the bay, which is scattered with more than 100 islands. 

Lunenburg — 62 miles (100 km) away
South of Mahone Bay is brightly-painted Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll the colorful waterfront or take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic streets. Being just an 85-minute drive from Halifax, Lunenburg is a convenient place to get a feel for small-town life in the Maritimes.

Annapolis Valley — about 100 miles (162 km) away
Spreading along the Bay of Fundy, the Annapolis Valley is one of Canada’s most fertile regions, with much of the land here used to grow edible and drinkable produce. Orchards carpet the landscape, as do wineries. If you want to taste the local wines, opt for a guided wine tour that includes transportation. The proximity to the Bay of Fundy, known for its scallops and lobster, means fresh shellfish abounds, making the area a particularly good choose for foodies. 
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Nova Scotia Day Tour - Visit Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg, and the Annapolis Valley.

Nova Scotia Day Tour - Visit Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg, and the Annapolis Valley.

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The best part of this tour is the down-home hospitality Sam tries to deliver with every ride. There is no real set schedule, so we have a bit more flexibility in how we do things. Sam will help you from the time you first write to the time she hugs you goodbye at the last stop and beyond if you're traveling to anywhere else that she is familiar with. Get to know other travelers and share once in a lifetime experiences along the way.
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  • 8 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$137.30
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Best of Halifax Tour with Peggy's Cove - Private Safe Tour

Best of Halifax Tour with Peggy's Cove - Private Safe Tour

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Halifax is an ideal base from which to discover the delights of Nova Scotia, but organizing transportation and sightseeing independently takes time and effort. On this tour, spin through the Canadian countryside in comfort by air-conditioned vehicle with your guide. With admission fees plus pickup and drop-off at your downtown Halifax hotel included, hit top attractions including the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada and Peggy's Cove Lighthouse.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$85.83
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US$85.83
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Wine and Lunch Escape

Wine and Lunch Escape

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Enjoy a scenic drive to the Annapolis Valley to experience 3 award winning wineries. Sip your way through Nova Scotia wine country and learn about our cool climate wines. Stop one includes a tour/tasting at the first winery. At the second winery enjoy a guided tasting and lunch with wine at Luckett Vineyards, overlooking the beautiful Minas Basin fed by the Bay of Fundy (Luckett Vineyards is only available during May-December). Finally, visit a third winery after lunch for a final guided tasting before heading back to Halifax.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$133.08
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Half-Day Historical Tour of Halifax

Half-Day Historical Tour of Halifax

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This tour is about Halifax's Remarkable History including Titanic and Halifax Explosion Sites and the Stories and Miracles of these Two Historic Tragedies. Van and Full Size SUV are equipped with a microphone to the speaker system and the Van has a large tablet mounted to roof to show Guests Videos and Photos to enhance your Tour experience so you have a Memorable, Unique Tour of Historic Halifax
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$105.52
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US$105.52
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Fundy Tides Tour

Fundy Tides Tour

As with all our excursions, nothing is fixed and Our tours can be custom-tailored to your interests and we welcome the opportunity to make your tour unique and personal; however, keep timing in mind and the fact that additional time spent at various attractions may affect getting to others.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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US$575.00
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Half-Day Small-Group Tour of Nova Scotia's South Shore

Half-Day Small-Group Tour of Nova Scotia's South Shore

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The South Shore of Nova Scotia is known for its picturesque coastal scenery and seaside towns. Home to the world-famous Old Town Lunenburg, known for its narrow streets, unique architecture, and colorful waterfront and also UNESCO World Heritage Site and Home to Bluenose II, Mahone Bay and Chester there is a photo op on around every corner. We also can stop at Swiss Air 111 Memorial Site in Bayswater then onto Canada’s most beloved lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove perched upon granite worn smooth by the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. There is so much more to explore on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, add these must-do adventures to your vacation plans!
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$105.52
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Peggy's Cove and Historic Halifax Tour

Peggy's Cove and Historic Halifax Tour

As with all our excursions, nothing is fixed and Our tours can be custom-tailored to your interests and we welcome the opportunity to make your tour unique and personal; however, keep timing in mind and the fact that additional time spent at various attractions may affect getting to others.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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US$525.00
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Halifax, Titanic and Peggy's Cove Tour

Halifax, Titanic and Peggy's Cove Tour

All of my tours are Private, Personal, Narrated Tours, you have the van and guide all to yourself. It is YOUR tour and we can customize the itinerary, as you wish. I will point out things along the way to consider, YOU DECIDE.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$295.29
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US$295.29
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Afternoon Escape Wine Tour

Afternoon Escape Wine Tour

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This tour visits 3 unique wineries in the beautiful Annapolis Valley and provides guests with a diverse Nova Scotia wine experience. Learn about and enjoy our aromatic whites, award winning sparkling and cool climate reds. This tour is perfect for people looking to experience Nova Scotia Wine Country for the afternoon. Guests will also enjoy a cheese tasting at one winery. Please note this tour does not include lunch nor is lunch available for purchase. Guests are recommended to eat before the tour. ​ Wineries Visited: We will visit 3 of the following options: Grand Pré, Benjamin Bridge, Planters, L'Acadie, Lightfoot & Wolfville. Itinerary changes daily. Tour Includes: all transportation, a fun and professional wine tour guide, tour and tasting fees at 3 wineries/cideries and a cheese tasting at one winery. ​
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$88.27
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US$88.27

Halifax and Lunenburg Tour

Halifax and Lunenburg Tour

As with all our excursions, nothing is fixed and Our tours can be custom-tailored to your interests and we welcome the opportunity to make your tour unique and personal; however, keep timing in mind and the fact that additional time spent at various attractions may affect getting to others.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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US$575.00
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US$575.00
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Half-Day Small-Group Tour of Annapolis Valley

Half-Day Small-Group Tour of Annapolis Valley

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This Tour is NOT just a Wine Tour but also History and Nature Tour. One hour from Halifax is Wolfville and Grand Pre National Historic Site the first stop on Tour. Explore the natural beauty of the Annapolis Valley & Nova Scotia’s Wine Country. You will visit Fox Hill Cheese as well as three Award winning Vineyards including Luckett's, Lightfoot and Wolfville and Planter's Ridge where you can try Nova Scotia's finest wine Tidal Bay. You will also see stunning Views & Vistas of the Bay of Fundy from Blomidon Look-off Provincial Park. We also will visit Halls Harbour to SEA the Highest Tides in the World and a great spot for lunch. Bring your Eagle Eye as we pass Sheffield Mills a large Bald Eagle Nesting area and then your tour will continue traveling into the heart of the Annapolis Valley through a 400-year-old village of Wolfville. Then with your heart filled with wild and wonderful memories sit back and enjoy a relaxing scenic ride back to your waiting cruise vessel or hotel
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$105.52
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US$105.52
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Halifax Private Half-Day Historical Tour

Halifax Private Half-Day Historical Tour

All of my tours are Private, Narrated, Personal Tours, you have the van and guide all to yourself. It is YOUR tour and I can customize the itinerary, as you wish. (You Decide) I love to show our Historic Halifax which is an intimate city that retains the ease of a small town from the Harbor front to Victorian Public Gardens, it is large enough to have the trappings of a capital city, yet small enough that many of its sights can be easily seen.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$295.29
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US$295.29
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Barrels of Fun Private Wine Tour in Nova Scotia

Barrels of Fun Private Wine Tour in Nova Scotia

The name of the tour says it all! You'll have tonnes of fun on this afternoon tasting adventure to the heart of wine country in the Annapolis Valley. With Nova Scotia being one of the world's coolest wine regions, you'll discover unusual grapes and taste wines that are truly unique and fabulous! You'll visit two award-winning wineries for private tours and tastings. At the second winery, enjoy a cheese plate of a selection of cheeses from the fromagerie just down the road! The final stop is to an award-winning distillery so see how spirits are made and learn some new recipes for cocktails! This tour has a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8 people.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$94.49
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US$94.49
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The Premium Private Wine Tour in Nova Scotia from Halifax

The Premium Private Wine Tour in Nova Scotia from Halifax

If you want the absolute best wine tour, this is THE tour! This is a private wine tour where you and your friends will feel like VIPs! Also, you get to choose which wineries you will visit! Choose two wineries from Avondale Sky Winery, L'Acadie Vineyards, Planters Ridge Winery, Benjamin Bridge or Sainte-Famille Wines where you'll enjoy private tours and wine tastings. The third winery is our oldest established winery, Grand Pre Wines. Here you'll take a stroll through the vineyard to learn about the grape-growing process followed by a private wine tasting of 5 award-winning wines. Then relax on the vine covered pergola and savour a two-course gourmet lunch paired with a glass of wine. The lunch is chef-created based on food allergies and dietary restrictions provided by the travelers and includes an appetizer and a choice of two entrees. All ingredients are locally sourced from the nearby farms and fisheries. This tour has a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8 people.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$137.80
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Nova Scotia Wine Beer and Cider Private Tour with Lunch

Nova Scotia Wine Beer and Cider Private Tour with Lunch

The Avon River Valley is quickly becoming a hub of activity in the alcohol industry! You'll find wine, craft beer, and cider! This private tour offers a little bit of everything all packed into a fun day out! The tour starts with an entertaining story of how the Nova Scotia wine industry came to be on our way to the first winery, Sainte-Famille Wines. You'll learn all about our cool climate wines with a private vineyard tour and wine tastings at two award-winning wineries. The second winery, Avondale Sky, is housed inside a restored church built in 1836. A tasty bistro-lunch here is also included! The final stop, Meander River Farm and Brewery will delight you! Alongside tasting their craft beer and cider, you'll walk the grounds to see the adorable pigs and expansive lavender patch and flower gardens.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$125.20
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