10 interesting facts and information about the Harbour Hopper Tour

Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure through the charming city of Halifax? Look no further than the Harbour Hopper Tour - a thrilling and informative experience that combines the best of land and sea. Whether you're a local looking to explore your own backyard or you’re a visitor seeking a unique way to discover the city's rich history, this ultimate guide is here to provide you with the 10 interesting facts and information about the Harbour Hopper Tour.

  1. The Harbour Hopper is not your average type of vehicle - it's a LARC-V – which stands for Light Amphibious Resupply Cargo 5 (tonne). These were built by the United States military during the Vietnam War.



  1. About 900 LARC-Vs were built at a cost of 900 million dollars - that’s $1 million for each vehicle! We don’t want to even imagine their adjusted cost for inflation.

  1. After the Vietnam war most of the LARC-Vs were decommissioned or scrapped and today, around 100 of them remain functional, most of them owned privately and used for different purposes, one of them being, you guessed it, tourism.

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  1. Besides the Harbour Hopper Tour in Halifax, Nova Scotia, you can check out another LARC-V tour, this one in Australia known as the 1770 LARC Tour...

There’s another LARC-V amphibious tour called Glacier Lagoon in Iceland...

And another in Singapore called Singapore Duck Tours.


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  1. The Harbour Hopper is 12 feet tall, 35 feet long, 10 feet wide and weighs almost 10 tons. It has a top land speed of almost 50km/hr and water speed of about 16 km/hr (8.68 Knots).

  1. A few years ago, Harbour Hopper Tours introduced an accessible Harbour Hopper capable of accommodating one wheelchair user per tour.

  1. The Harbour Hopper Tour departs from and returns to one location – 1549 Lower Water Street, Halifax.
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  1. The Harbour Hopper has a partially covered deck - which comes in handy, rain or shine.

  1. You *may* get a little wet when the Harbour Hopper SPLASHES into Halifax Harbour.
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  1. Don’t tell the youngsters but, in addition to having a lot of fun, you WILL learn some very interesting things while on the Harbour Hopper Tour!


The Harbour Hopper Tour is a unique and exciting way to explore the city of Halifax. With its fascinating history, breathtaking views, and knowledgeable guides, it offers an unforgettable experience for both locals and tourists. Whether you're interested in learning about Halifax's past, admiring its natural beauty, or simply enjoying a fun-filled adventure, the Harbour Hopper Tour has something for everyone.

So, if you're ready to dive into the past, soak in the stunning waterfront views, and make memories that will last a lifetime, don't miss out on the Harbour Hopper Tour. Book your tickets today and get ready to embark on a journey through the heart and soul of Halifax. It's time to unlock the secrets of this charming city like never before.

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