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Halifax Harbour
Halifax Harbour

Halifax Harbour

Free admission
Halifax

The Basics

Halifax Harbour is busy, with lots of boat traffic visible out on the water. To experience the harbor, take a stroll along the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, which runs for 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) and is home to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Cruises around the harbor offer excellent views of the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfronts as well as key harborside sights such as Point Pleasant Park. Some Halifax Harbour tours include an on-board meal, while others take place on amphibious vehicles that tour key sights on land, including St. Paul’s Church and Halifax Public Gardens, as well as go out on the water.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Halifax

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Relaxing and educational
852mic, Oct 2019
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
We took our 3 year old on this and had a fantastic time. We got to enjoy the educational tourism part while he enjoyed riding a big vehicle on land and water. I highly recommend to people with toddler/preschool aged kids. Staff were friendly and helpful.
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It was fun and informative!
angelagrandy, Oct 2019
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
I would go again, because there was so much I learned about the city I've lived in all my life. The tour guide. A. she was great!!! (she should get a raise!!!!) :D Angela & Lily
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Harbour Hopper
dbheer, Sep 2019
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
Great way to see the downtown and harbour front. Well guided excursion. Unfortunately we also saw the damage from the hurricane. The power of Mother Nature.
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Great!
daisy4402, Aug 2019
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
we've been on the Halifax Harbour Hopper 3 times through the years, this time i'd say was our best ride yet. Kathryn was a clear speaker, entertaining and knew an abundance about our city despite not being from here! the driver was great as well, I took my parents for their first ride and they really enjoyed it. it's kind of pricey but a good way to see the city. the only thing we would want was for it to be longer.
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Awesome
Excursion731336, Sep 2019
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
Fun trip! Great info and way to see Halifax, Adena was a great tour guide and Capt Bill was a great navigator!
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fun 1hr tour
mclachlank, Sep 2019
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
well run, enjoyed the stories/history the host told during the tour. loved going into the harbour for a short cruise, would love if that was longer. I thought it was worth the cost of the tour and would recommend to anyone.
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Beautiful Day to tour the City
Mobile66108358517, Sep 2019
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
Perfect ending to our day in the city. Very informative and interesting. Loved the stories . Lots of traffic but that gave more info time.
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Harbour Hopper
lfuaco, Aug 2019
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
An excellent and fun way to see the city and harbour. Tour guides are friendly and knowledgeable about the city.
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Again!
karinV8221AP, Aug 2019
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
Going into the water was so much fun that our driver Logam turned and went in again. Which was hilarious! Great guide too. Only issue were the umbrellas which were annoying when taking pics.
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Harbour Hopper Tours
alicijulian, Aug 2019
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
Enjoyed the drive around the city as well as all the history ! Lived in Nova Scotia most of my life and didn’t know that much history around Halifax ! Enjoyed this trip tremendously
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Great
gcwafler, Aug 2019
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
Seven of us did the tour and all enjoyed it greatly. Nice way to learn about several stories of Halifax
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Harbour Hopper was an amazing experience
vanjiedescallar, Aug 2019
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
Maya was a great tour guide. The Harbour Hopper Tour is a must for all tourists and new-comers. We really enjoyed our experience.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Halifax Harbour is a must for scenery seekers, people-watchers, and those who want to dine with harbor views.

  • Free Wi-Fi, benches, washrooms, shops, and restaurants are all available at the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk.

  • The boardwalk is accessible to wheelchair users, as are select boat tours.

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How to Get There

Boat trips around the harbor depart from various locations, including the Halifax Ferry Terminal, the Cable Wharf, and other waterfront piers. Most departure piers are within walking distance of downtown Halifax and the Halifax train station. Bus routes 2, 4, 5, 6, 82, and 90 all connect to the ferry terminal. The waterfront boardwalk stretches from the Casino Nova Scotia in the north to Pier 21 in the south.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit is during the summer season, when waterfront restaurant terraces with harbor views, and ice cream and snack kiosks are open. Harbor boat tours typically run from May through October. Tall ship festivals are occasionally celebrated at the harbor, usually in summer.

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McNabs Island

Situated at the mouth of Halifax Harbor, McNabs Island offers an easy-to-access nature-filled escape. Once part of the city’s defense network, McNabs still hosts a late-19th-century fort, which is a designated national historic site and was in use during both World Wars. The island has 14 miles (22 kilometers) of hiking trails to explore, which offer excellent bird-watching opportunities as well as views of the Halifax skyline. As there are no facilities on the island, it’s best to come prepared; bring drinking water and a picnic.

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