Six things you NEED to know about the Harbour Hopper Tour

The Harbour Hopper Tour is Halifax’s Number #1 Boat Tour and the only local tour that highlights the best of Halifax, on both land and sea! Here are six things you simply must know about the Harbour Hopper Tour.

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1) They're accessible. The Harbour Hopper Tour is proud to include two accessible LARC V Harbour Hopper in its fleet of six. By simply booking 24-hours in advance, the Harbour Hopper Team will ensure that their accessible Harbour Hopper, as well as the mobile wheelchair lift, is available, present and ready to serve.

2) They can be chartered! Imagine, booking a Harbour Hopper for your very own - and yes, it has been done. The LARC V, the vehicle that is the Harbour Hopper, is perfect for anyone planning to stand out from the ordinary, whether used as part of a media launch, transportation for school or wedding groups, family reunions, or other special events, the Harbour Hopper is sure to be a highlight of your private event.

3) The SPLASH! We’re not kidding when we share one of the most exciting parts of the tour – the SPLASH into the Halifax Harbour. After travelling throughout the city, your Hopper Captain will make his or her way to the Halifax harbour.

4) Rain or Shine. Much like its amphibious counterpart (the frog), the Harbour Hopper is not thwarted by the rain, so our tours take place in rain or shine. Please rest assured that if conditions on the water are not safe, we will cancel a tour immediately (as per item #6 below).

Photo credit: PD-USGov-Military-Navy (sourced here)

5) The military-grade vessel. The Harbour Hopper is built on a LARC-V (Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 5 ton) military vehicle. This aluminium-hulled amphibious cargo vehicle is capable of transporting 5 tons(hence the V in the LARC-V). It was developed in the United States during the 1950s, and is used in a variety of roles to this day.

Harbour Hopper Captain and Guide running through the safety exercise

6) Safety First. Safety is the Number One priority at Ambassatours Gray Line and Harbour Hopper Tours so important steps are taken to ensure that everyone’s safety is assured. Steps include inspections by Transport Canada and the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, securing full-time LARC V Specialist Mechanics, exercising pre-trip and post-trip checks by the maintenance team as well as the Captains, and more. Watch the Harbour Hopper Safety Video here.

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