Point Pleasant Park

Departingfrom your hotel we'll head to beautiful Point Pleasant Park on the Halifax peninsula where your guide will give aninformative talk regarding the past and present of this historic area of Halifax.

A member of the 78th Highlanders stands at the entrance of the Citadel in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

South-End & Northwest Arm

Leaving the park, we'll drive through the expensive residential area along the non-commercial part of Halifax Harbour known as the Northwest Arm, pass by two major local universities, St. Mary's and Dalhousie on our way to Halifax Public Gardens. Enjoy a stroll through the finest example of formal Victoria Gardens to be found in North America and perhaps sample hand-paddled ice cream while relaxing in this beauty spot.

Following our walk, we'll drive to the "top of Halifax" for a spectacular photo opportunity at Halifax Citadel. The Citadel is the reason for the founding of Halifax in 1749.

Historic Core & the Titanic

As we leave the Citadel and meander down to the harbour, we will pass a number of historic sites along the way. Our route will take us by the naval dockyard area, under both Harbour bridges and past the site of the 1917 Halifax Explosion,on our way to visit theTitanic Cemetery. Here, you will see the grave sites (and perhaps hear some stories) of the Titanic victims and learn of the Halifax connection to this 1912 maritime tragedy.

The Dingle Tower at dusk.

The Place Where Time Began

Following a refreshment stop, we'll make our way to the "place where time began", passing by the only remnant of the Mont Blanc, one of two ships involved in the 1917 Halifax explosion. Following a brief stroll,we'll make our way to the area of the first White Star Line disaster.

The White Star's luxury steamship S.S. Atlantic ran into Mar's Head at Lower Prospect on April 1, 1873 - It appears April was an unlucky month for the White Star Line! This was the worst single vessel disaster to occur in Canadian waters prior to the Titanic. Five hundred and sixty-two people lost their lives that day, but 390 were saved due to the efforts of the local fishermen and their families.

We'll visit the Interpretation Center, the mass burial site, stroll the boardwalk which wraps around the coastline, and perhaps rest at the gazebo to bask in the magnificent view. Prior to leaving, we'll tour this scenic and authentic fishing community.

An aerial view of West Dover, Nova Scotia, Canada.

We'll stop in West Dover for lunch (at your own expense) in a restaurant which one of our guests remarked "has good food, scenery and prices!" While in this fishing community, we'll stroll along the wharf and savor the panoramic view of Peggy's Cove and the gorgeous coastline.

As we near Peggy's Cove, you'll experience the dramatic changing topography and enjoy numerousvistas of the Atlantic Ocean and its scenic inlet's and coves. We'll spend some time exploring the "most visited place in Canada" and two other nearby attractions, the "swimming hole" and "deGarth Memorial".

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse at sunset.

St. Margaret's Bay

Our return route will take us along the shoreline of historic Saint Margaret's Bay, an area noted for its stories of religion, rum-running, bootlegging and connection to NASA, just to name a few! We'll stop for photo opportunities at Hackett's Cove and if you wish, visit the Swiss AirFlight 111 Memorial.

Return to your hotel

We'll to return to your hotel via a different route with, if time allows, a brief stop at an Acadian Maple Productretail store so you can find the perfect gift to take home.

Photo Credits:

Dalhousie University in Halifax, September 2002 By Thorfinn Stainforth - CC BY-SA 3.0

Entrance to the Citadel By DoD photo by Cherie Cullen - http://www.defenselink.mil/; gallery; VIRIN: 091120-D-7203C-002, Public Domain

The Dingle at Dusk By Thorfinn Stainforth - CC BY-SA 3.0

West Dover By Andrew Hazelden and Russell Hazelden (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

"Peggy's Cove Lighthouse" By Rob Evans (Own work), used with permission.

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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