The Harbor area of Halifax is its life and breath. It was and still is very much a port city, with commuters using ferries to get to neighboring Dartmouth. It is a colorful and lively tourist attraction as well and though Hurricane Juan wreaked havoc on it, the place was just packed with people the day after trying to see all the damage that was done. It was a real gathering point and it was fun to see how the people banded together and probably were more friendly than they normally might be.
This was a pleasant surprise for me on my latest trip to Halifax. A number of tall ships (not the tallest in the world, but cool none-the-less) have begun routinely visiting Halifax during the summer. There are a couple that even call Halifax home.
This picture shows the "Pride of Baltimore", the "Blue Nose II", and several others that I did not see the names of. You can arrange rides and harbour tours aboard all of these ships, but I'm afraid I did not see the prices, so I can't tell you how much.
The Harbour Hopper tour provides you with one of the best down-town Halifax tours available. You get to ride in this massive "Lark V" amphibious vehicle originally built for the US military.
It takes you all through the down-town area, where a very good tour guide lays more trivia and neat facts on you than you'll ever remember. Then, it drives into the Harbour, where you get a quick water-based tour of the Historic Properties and a little history lesson on the Halifax Harbour.
This is well worth the money, and it's definitely the best guided tour available in town.
The cost is about $23 for an adult.
Sailing is very popular in Halifax specially in the summer because it is nice and warm + it is a little windy.
The waterfront is a great place to be in the summer. It's very lively.
On the water you're sure to see huge boats.
This is an amphibias vehicle that gives you a tour of the city, through the streets and in the harbour.
Opens on May 1st, and closes in late October.
Price: Adults: $ 22.50