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Immerse yourself in the unique history and maritime culture of Halifax during this 2.5-hour city tour by coach. Check out the city’s hilltop Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, discovering the key role it played for the British Empire. Then explore the city’s Old Town Clock, Halifax Public Gardens, Province House, and St. Paul’s Church. You’ll also have a chance to learn about the ‘Titanic’ disaster as you visit the Fairview Lawn Cemetery where 121 victims are buried. Your Halifax tour also includes a kilt-wearing guide to provide commentary.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Halifax City Tour

St Paul's Anglican Church, Halifax

Learn the fascinating history of Halifax as you explore the most famous sights of this picturesque seaside town on a 2.5-hour coach bus excursion. Whether you’re looking for a dose of history or simply hoping to learn more about this unique coastal Canadian city, this tour is a great option.

Start your visit at the city’s Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where you’ll find your guide and begin your tour. Hop aboard your comfortable bus for the 2.5 ride through the history of this ocean city’s unique culture of pirates, seafaring tales and more.

Your first stop is at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, the final resting place for 121 passengers from the Titanic shipwreck disaster. History lovers and film buffs are sure to enjoy this visit, which includes a stop at the gravestone of ‘J. Dawson,’ the character famously portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1997 movie. You’ll also learn about those who perished in the tragic 1917 Halifax Explosion, also buried at the cemetery.

Head next to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a landmark which sits high above the city on a strategic hilltop. This military site was once a key naval station for the British Empire, and its defensive design is evident in the eight-pointed star that forms the exterior of the fort.

Continue to your next stop at the Halifax Public Gardens, an idyllic site dotted with elm and linden trees that was influenced by Victorian-era garden designs. Check out this serene spot’s collection of semitropical and exotic flowers as well as its wrought-iron gates and fountains.

Your next stop is at Province House, the seat of Nova Scotia’s parliament and national historic site designed in a Palladian, three-story structure that dates to 1819. See Halifax’s Old Town Clock, and the story behind its construction, before heading to St. Paul’s Church (the city’s oldest building from 1749), the Spring Garden Road area, the Grand Parade and City Hall.

Finish your trip at the Historic Properties, a collection of warehouses which date back to the 1700s. Admire their unique Italianate façades before heading back to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to finish your excursion.

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

Customer Reviews

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A great way to start out our village. Great tour guide. Love the city.

Charisse d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

My husband and I really enjoyed this trip. It was very informative, the Guide knew his history and facts very well with some humour in between. There were some personal stories about the Halifax explosion and also about some of the people who were buried at the Cemetary for the Titanic victims. We also enjoyed hearing about Africville which we did not know about. All very interesting and informative and this tour was worth it in every way.

Brian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour guide / bus driver was knowledgable and humorous. The City Tour was well worth the time. Leaned a lot about Halifax, Nova Scotia, the history of the explosion, the role of Halifax and the Titanic etc.

Vivian Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great way to see Halifax. My tour guide, Laura Lee, was very knowledgable and interesting.
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour.

judels617

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The trip was really great. Very informative and very well spaced out. Not rushed at all, with plenty of time in all the locations. Thank you very much. Halifax was one of our favourite places and this tour made it all the more special.

J Nelson W B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our driver/guide was outstanding and provided information that was informative and interesting. Excellent tour!!

Fatima C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

There is so much history and interesting things to learn about in Halifax. Highly recommended!

Thomas G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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singtoahung

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved it! Wish the tour was longer though :

JJ

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Definitely a FANTASTIC Tour to go on in Halifax. An Extra Plus was that the City Tour and Fairview Cemetary were COMBINED into the one tour trip. Our guide JIM was AWESOME.....extremely knowledgable, dedicated and often comical with some of his Halifax stories and recollections. Thanks Viator...A++

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