As with all our excursions, nothing is fixed, and we can customize our shore excursions to suit each client's particular needs, requests and requirements.

People strolling down a park path by the ocean.

Burn off Steam at Point Pleasant Park

To begin, we'll leave your hotel or the cruise dock and drive to Point Pleasant Park for a stroll. Here your children will be able to walk, run, jump and skip along the harbour-view road that leads to the Battle of the Atlantic Memorial at the very tip of the park. The park is a great place to let your kids burn off some of that youthful energy and get some fresh air! Be sure to bring peanuts for the squirrels!

Smell the flowers at the Public Gardens

Our next stop will be the Public Gardens. It is a 22 acre formal Victorian garden with a bandstand, large pond with ducks, play area, and ice cream shop that offers hand-paddled ice cream (and restrooms - always important when traveling with children!). We typically spend approximately thirty minutes in the gardens.

The noon cannon about to be fired.  A crowd watches as a solider dressed in period uniform lights the fuse on a large black cannon.

The Citadel Fortress: a Step Back in Time

We'll take a step back in time and visit the Citadel Fortress (the reason for Halifax) where we'll learn all about this 1850's fortress. We can walk the walls, go down in the 'ditch', and experience the firing of the noon gun, a daily event since 1750. We may even get to see a pipe and drum band rehearsal! There are restrooms and a gift shop on site.

Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

For our next activity, we'll spend some time in and around the harbour near the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. There's always activity in the harbour running the gamut from cargo, container and warships, to tugboats, sailboats and ferries moving about the busy harbour. Located next to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is an exciting playground shaped like a submarine! You'll have time to enjoy a snack and restroom stop before our next activity.

Photo of a harbour full of sail boats. View is from the top of a tower. The Nova Soctia flag flies.

Along Halifax Harbour

After the museum, we'll drive along the shoreline of Halifax Harbour, which is the second largest natural harbour in the world. We'll pass by numerous historical sites, Canada's largest navy base, a large ship yard, and pass under two bridges where we'll pause to hear the story of one of the greatest man-made disasters of all time; the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Then we're off to Seaview Park which is located on the inner harbour known as Bedford Basin. This is where the convoys of WWI &WWII began their journey across the Atlantic to Europe. Seaview Park has a great playground for the kids to enjoy.

The Place Where Time Began

Perhaps we'll stop for coffee and a restroom break before heading out for visit to "the place where time began". It's a very scenic spot on the non-commercial part of Halifax Harbour. Here we'll find a playground plus the opportunity to chase seagulls, ducks and other birds, as well as an ice cream / snack stand. As always, we like to seek out those places where our youthful clients can run, skip, jump, walk, climb, chase and otherwise have a good time while tuckering themselves out in the process!

York Redoubt battlement walls. Children flying kites on the grass.

York Redoubt fortress

Lastly, if both time and everybody's energy level permits, we'll visit York Redoubt. This massive fortress looms over the entrance of Halifax Harbour. There are many great views from this vantage point high up over the harbour and from hangman's beach as well. It also provides one more opportunity for running, jumping and such to help burn off some more of that abundant youthful energy!

After Yorke Redoubt, we'll head back to your hotel or the cruise ship dock. As with all excursions, we'll help you design the ideal excursion that meets the needs of all members of your family!

Photo Credits:

"Harbour Stroll" by J.Elliott. Some rights reserved.

"Firing the Noon Cannon" by J.Elliott. Some rights reserved.

"Dingle Tower" by Morgan. Some rights reserved.

"York Redoubt" By Saffron Blaze - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

We had a wonderful time on your tour thanks for the great day. Your kindness and knowledge made the day a wonderful experience.

Iva E from Florida

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