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Activities & Attractions May 24, 2018

Top 10 Guided Tours of Halifax

It is great to go your own way, but sometimes it is nice to have a little guidance. Someone with special knowledge or expertise can make your experience of a place or activity much more enjoyable. Experts can provide little-known facts or even exclusive access, things that you may not be able to get on your own.

So, on your next visit to Halifax, try out one of these great guided tours!

1 – Harbour Hopper Tour

This unique vehicle can drive on land and in water! This amphibious adventure allows you to view Halifax’s most famous historic sites from both the street and the harbour.

The Harbour Hopper is a great tour for all ages.

Ambassatours | Harbour Hopper

2 – Theodore Tugboat

The kids will love taking a ride on this beloved Halifax icon on a tour that brings all the sights and sounds of a working harbour to life.

In addition to Theo’s smiling face, they will meet his friends the Dispatcher, Tugboat Crew and Benjamin Bridge.

3 – Historic Ghost Walks

Want to hear about the spooky side of Halifax history? Grab your friends and take a ghost walk. See and learn fascinating facts about the city’s most eerie sites, including haunted buildings, troubled spirits and odd occurrences (if you dare!).

The Halifax Ghost Walk and Tattle Tours are both popular ones.

4 – Pirate Cruise

Join the Pirate Captain and merciless crew on board the Tall Ship Silva, and brace yourself for a swashbuckling adventure! Kids will love signing the Pirate Code of Conduct, scavenging for treasure, hoisting the sails and firing the cannon.

Tourism Nova Scotia

5 – Open Top Tours

These tours in 4×4 jeeps allow you to get up close to sites and enjoy the personal attention of being in a small group. They provide a unique way to see many places across the province and allow you to customize a tour based on your preferences and needs.

All the benefits of renting a car without having to worry about the driving, navigation or parking!

Open Top Tours

6 – I Heart Bikes

An even more intimate and personal way to see the city is on a bright blue bike. Rent a bike and guide yourself or join in on a guided group tour. It’s also a perfect date activity!

I Heart Bikes

7 – Taste Halifax Food + Beer Tours

The perfect tour for the foodies and beer lovers. Get a taste of some of the best restaurants and breweries in Halifax and learn about our culinary culture in a small group with a super knowledgeable guide.

Get an inside look into the minds and kitchens of our local food heroes.

8 – Kayak Halifax

You can’t visit Halifax without getting up close and personal with the ocean, and it’s hard to get any closer to it than in a kayak.

Watch a beautiful sunset or explore one of our cool harbour islands with experienced guides showing you the ropes.

East Coast Outfitters and Kattuk Expeditions also offer great guided kayak tours!

Check out the 9 BEST Routes for Canoeing and Kayaking in Halifax!

East Coast Outfitters | Lower Prospect

9 – Picture Perfect Tours

The aim of Picture Perfect Tours is to show guests the most photograph-able sites in the Halifax Region.

Take a selfie with the iconic lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove, or learn about Halifax’s rich history through old photographs, maps, paintings and film clips, courtesy of the provincial archives.

10 – Nature and Whale Watching

One of the best sites in Halifax is the nature, and the best way to view it is on a guided tour.

The Haligonian III takes you right to where the action is, to view creatures living in the water (whales, dolphins, fish) and above (sea birds). Naturalists provide you with lots of information while viewing, so you get the complete experience.

Tourism Nova Scotia


Originally published December 2016, updated May 2018


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