Historic Tours

discover Nova Scotia's rich history

Hop On Hop Off City Tour

Daily, June 15th-October 15th - 10:00 am (click image for the LIVE Hop On Hop Off Map)

About This Tour:

Hop on board one of our authentic, vintage Double Decker buses for the best way to explore the best of our city. Your Hop On Hop Off ticket provides you with an entire day’s freedom and flexibility to take in the city sights on your own schedule. With stops along Halifax’s bustling waterfront, you’ll travel along our historic and ever evolving downtown, past the stunning Halifax Public Gardens and to the top of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Continue along to stops near The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, province house and many more sights and stops along the way. Our guides will share stories from Halifax’s rich history including tragic tales from the Halifax Explosion, our city’s involvement in the World Wars, and much more. The Hop On Hop Off City Tour offers an easy, convenient, and fun way to explore Halifax! 

 

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to construction, the Hop On Hop Off will not be stopping at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery or the Hydrostone District National Historic Site

Where to board:

Click or tap for the Hop On Hop Off road map

Tour Duration:

Is up to you! Stay onboard as much or as little as you'd like - this tour gives you the flexibility to explore at your own pace.

Ticket Pricing with 30 minute bus frequency:

Adult: $62.50

Senior: (65+) $56.99

Youth: (6-15) $51.99

Child: (0-5) FREE

Family: (2 Adults and 2 Children) $183.99
Add a child to family rate: $50.99

 

Ticket Pricing with 60 minute bus frequency:

Adult: $44.99

Senior: (65+) $40.99

Youth: (6-15) $36.99

Child: (0-5) FREE

Family: (2 Adults and 2 Children) $153

Add a child to family rate: $35.99

Peggy's Cove Bus Tour

Daily, June 1st- October 19th - 1:00 pm

About This Tour:

To truly experience the sheer majesty and beauty of Peggy’s Cove you must first travel through the bustling capital city of Halifax! Enroute to this seaside village pass-by the Halifax Public Gardens, a quiet oasis amid a cosmopolitan city; see the Citadel National Historic Site, a fort perched high above the city; the Old Town Clock, a gift given to the city by Prince Edward the Duke of Kent in 1803; as well as other notable landmarks such as Province House, the naval dockyards and the famous Halifax waterfront boardwalk. As you travel along the winding coastal highway of the Lighthouse Route to the tiny fishing village of Peggy’s Cove, it is little wonder it has been an inspiration for artists and an irresistible lure for budding and seasoned adventurers for generation after generation. The colourful houses and fishing shacks perched atop the solid stone rocky outcrop that overlooks the restless waters of the Atlantic exhibit the wear and tear of the ocean and its punishing storms. Yet they endure, much like the small population of approximately 32 people who are year-round residents.

Where to board: 

Peggy's Cove Bus Tours depart from 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax. 

 

Tour Duration:

3.5 hours

 

Ticket Pricing:

Adult: $53.50
Senior: (65+) $48.50
Youth: (6-15) $36.99

Child: (0-5) FREE

Family: (2 Adults and 2 Children) $146

Add a child to family rate: (2-6) $35.99

Lunenburg & Mahone Bay Bus Tour

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, June 1st- end of October - 10:00 am

About This Tour:

These quaint neighbouring towns located in Nova Scotia’s South Shore are brimming with histories that date back to the 18th century. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg is a warm and welcoming host to guests eager to discover the many treasures and places of interest within the community. Guests may choose to learn more about the town the Bluenose II, while be accompanied by a local guide, or dive deeper into Lunenburg’s fishing industry during a visit to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. A quick drive to Mahone Bay and you’ll be welcome to explore the scenic and hospitable community which offers a plethora of shopping, charming cafés, and copious photo opportunities of the town views and especially of the iconic Three Churches. Travel to, from, and between these towns will be provided by the accommodating team from Ambassatours Gray Line who will share informative and intriguing stories including the Oak Island mystery, rum running, privateers, and more.

Where to board: 

Lunenburg & Mahone Bay Bus Tours depart from 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax. 

Tour Duration:

6 hours

 

Ticket Pricing:

Adult: $93.35
Senior: (65+) $84.08
Youth: (6-15) $65.77

Child: (0-5) FREE

Family: (2 Adults and 2 Children) $255.40

Add child to the family rate: (2-6) $62.99

Historic Harbour Cruise

Daily, July-August - 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm

About This Tour:

This tour is inspired by the popularity of our fun, fast-paced hour-long Harbour Hopper Tour. During this one-hour cruise, we’ll share highlights of our Harbour's history, while you enjoy unobstructed views of beautiful Georges Island, the Historic Properties, and the picturesque Halifax skyline. This fully commentated tour provides some great history about Halifax, the founding, and some of our most notable moments in history such as the Halifax Explosion, our involvement with the recovery efforts of the Titanic tragedy, and our city's role in the World Wars. You’ll travel on board our iconic Mississippi sternwheeler which is conveniently equipped with restrooms, a full-service bar, and available snack options. The Harbour Queen I offers an upper level with a covered roof and open sides, perfect for enjoying the ocean breeze while also being protected from the elements. The lower level is wrapped in beautiful, bright windows and is heated. This Historic Harbour Cruise is a comfortable, informative and very relaxing way to experience Halifax from the water.

Where to board: 

Historic Harbour Cruises depart from 1751 Lower Water Street, Halifax. 

Tour Duration:

1 hour

Ticket Pricing:

Adult: $24.99
Senior: (65+) $21.99
Youth: (7-15) $15.99

Child: (0-6): FREE

Family: $65.99​​

Add a child to family rate: $14.99

Harbour Hopper Tour

Daily, May-October; tours begin at 10:15 am

About This Tour:

Ribbit Ribbit! All aboard Atlantic Canada's most popular tour – a fun, fast-paced adventure that introduces you to the best of Halifax by land and sea! Sitting 10 feet high, you'll have an exclusive view of our historic, vibrant city’s famous sights, such as the Halifax Public Gardens, Citadel Hill National Historic Site, St. Paul’s Church and bustling Spring Garden Road. The real adventure begins when you make your big SPLASH into the Halifax harbour! Your driver is now your Captain, and it’s time to explore. Prepare your camera for unique photos of Georges Island, Cable Wharf, the waterfront boardwalk, and the Historic Properties.  

This fully narrated amphibious tour shares stories of the Halifax Explosion, Halifax’s connection to the Titanic tragedy, and the rich history of the Canadian Naval dockyards.  

 

Featuring a new multi-language option this year! Follow along with professionally translated audio and text on your personal device from our multi-language website*. Available in French, Spanish, Mandarin, German, Italian & Japanese.


*WiFi available for purchase on-board. 

 

Where to board: 

Halifax Harbour Hopper Tours depart from 5050 Salter Street, Halifax.

Tour Duration:

55 minutes

 

Ticket Pricing:

Adult: $36.75
Senior (65+): $32.99
Youth (6-15): $20.99
Child (2-5): $12.50

Infant (0-1): Free

Family (2 Adults and 2 Children): $95

Add a child to family rate (2-5): $11.50

Please Note:

We encourage all passengers to be sun-safe: apply sun protection, bring along a light layer (jacket, sweater), and a hat before traveling on the Harbour Hopper Tour, especially on days when our Harbour Hopper tops are retracted. We love when the sun is out and shining but to some passengers, it can make the journey a little less comfortable. Keep in mind that we do carry sun protection and clothing in our waterfront gift shops.

 

​Wheelchair Accessibility:

We are devoted to providing guests with the best tour experience so we recently introduced a new Harbour Hopper which is capable of accommodating one wheelchair user per tour. To ensure the schedule reflects the additional time required to load and unload, and that properly trained staff are scheduled for the tour, we require guests who require the service to provide us with 24 hours’ notice. Please contact us directly with any questions regarding accessibility on the Harbour Hopper at 902-490-8687. 

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to weather, demand, private charters or any other circumstances beyond our control, schedule is subject to change.

To confirm departures please call 902-420-1015 • 24-hour notice required to issue refunds • Family: 2 adults, 2 children (15 or under) Maximum two children for family rate • We accept the following methods of payment: Cash ($CDN, $USD), MasterCard, VISA, WeChat Pay, Alipay, Apple Pay and Debit card payments • Children under the age of one ride FREE • All prices subject to a surcharge of 6% per person + 15% HST •  For further information call (902) 420-1015

1751 Lower Water St, Halifax

Nova Scotia, B3J 1S5, Canada 

902-420-1015

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 Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5pm

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1751 Lower Water St, Halifax

Nova Scotia, B3J 1S5, Canada 

902-420-1015

 

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Monday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm

Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

 

Murphy's Restaurant & Patio Hours:

Closed for the season but happy to book your Christmas & Private Parties as well as Weddings and Corporate Breakfasts!

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