Top 10 Reasons to Visit Georges Island National Historic Site in 2024

On a foggy day in Halifax, August 9, 2019, Halifax MP Andy Fillmore announced that the federal government, along with the Provincial Government, would invest funds to help build the infrastructure to allow for public access to Georges Island National Historic Site (Georges Island). Fast forward to 2024 when we, Amabssatours Gray Line, will celebrate our fifth season of providing ferry service to Georges Island, transporting locals and guests to this no longer "hidden gem" of our amazing city. Whether you have yet to visit Georges Island, or you’re considering visiting again, here are ten reasons (plus a BONUS reason) why Georges Island should be at the top of your must-visit list this year.


“At long last we are opening up Georges Island.” -Halifax MP Andy Fillmore, August 2019

1) It's a photographer's paradise

With its unique landscape, historic fortifications, and panoramic views of Halifax Harbour, Georges Island is a dream location for photographers. Whether you're a professional photographer looking for the perfect shot for a couple or family, or an amateur wanting to capture memories, the island's picturesque scenery provides the perfect backdrop.

One of several Parks Canada staff

2) It's a deep dive into history

Walking the grounds of Georges Island is like stepping back in time. Explore the well-preserved fortifications and learn about the island's role in Canada's maritime defence. The history is a testament to the island's significance throughout the years.

That's some cannon!

3) It's an ideal family outing

Georges Island is a great spot to visit for family members of all ages. From picnicking in designated areas to exploring historical sites and paths, it’s a place where families can enjoy quality time together – away from the city. Consider including a Parks Canada Picnic when purchasing your tickets.

4) The enhanced ferry experience

This year, we’ll introduce an enhanced onboard experience for guests as the ferry service to Georges Island now includes a scenic route that circles the island before docking, providing passengers with extended time on board to enjoy the views from all angles.

There's more to see, and learn, on the extended ferry journey to Georges Island

5) We're celebrating the 5th season

2024 marks the 5th season of public tours to Georges Island, a milestone that reflects the growing interest and love for this national historic site. Join in the celebration of this landmark year by experiencing all that the island has to offer.

6) The tour of the tunnels

Beneath the surface of Georges Island lies a network of tunnels It’s easy to get lost in these cramped passages, so guided tours are provided (space permitting).

Tunnel tours are provided by Parks Canada staff

7) Those panoramic views

The island offers some of the most stunning panoramic views of Halifax and the surrounding harbour. It’s an ideal spot for sightseeing, meditation, and soaking in the maritime beauty that defines Nova Scotia.

Great views of the Halifax Skyline, Harbour and more

8) Make it a class trip

If you’re an educator, consider taking your class on a class trip to Georges Island! Georges Island School Days will take place on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, and Wednesday, June 19, 2024, between 9:30am and 2pm. This program provides an enriching experience for children and youth of all ages - at a reduced rate. Contact Brad to learn more.

Class trip on Georges Island National Historic Site

9) Learn about its role in national defence

Visiting Georges Island provides insight into our military past and its role as part of the Halifax Defence Complex (different forts and batteries constructed by the British and Canadian militaries in Halifax).

Halifax Defence Complex Image source

10) The Parks Canada red chairs

There are over 400 red Adirondack chairs (Parks Canada red chairs) located in breathtaking locations from coast to coast to coast - including on Georges Island - for you to sit, relax, and enjoy the amazing views.

Your seat is seat awaits

BONUS: Entry to the island is free on Canada Day*

Celebrate Canada Day with free entry to Georges Island National Historic Site! Spend time exploring, enjoying a picnic lunch before heading back to Halifax for more to see and do. *Ferry transportation fee will apply.

Kawartha Spirit - the Ferry to Georges Island - on one of her runs

Georges Island National Historic Site offers a unique blend of natural beauty, historical significance, and family-friendly activities, making it a must-visit destination in 2024. Whether you're seeking adventure, a peek into Canada's maritime history, or just a peaceful day out in nature, Georges Island awaits with open arms.

Ready to explore Georges Island? Book your ferry ticket and tour for the 2024 season.

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