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About Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax is the principal city of Nova Scotia and one of the most dramatically indented coastlines in the world. It is also one of the closest Canadian ports to Europe, hence its early prominence in transatlantic trade (Samuel Cunard was born here). For lovers of maritime history, a call at the cruise port Halifax will be one of the most memorable of a cruise around the USA's Eastern Seaboard and the Canadian Maritimes.

When the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in April 1912, the rescue and recovery operation was co-ordinated from Halifax, which became the last resting place for many of its victims.  The city's fascinating Maritime Museum - set right on its waterfront - holds remnants of the ship, including a steamer chair.

Equally interesting are the two- to three-hour 'Historic Halifax Downtown Walks', which leave from the International Visitor Centre on Sackville Street and show visitors the city's highlights, including the 19th century mansion of George Wright, one of the 33 millionaires who joined Titanic's maiden voyage.


Shore excursions in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Annapolis Valley Wine Tasting

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Enjoy a scenic drive to the Annapolis Valley to sample the wine at the Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery.

The Annapolis Valley has rolling fertile fields and is said to be one of the best fruit growing regions in Canada. Its wine industry has emerged over the years and produced many award winning wines.

Sit back, relax and admire the surroundings as you take a drive into the countryside of Nova Scotia. Arriving at the Lightfoot and Wolfville Winery, take a guided tour that will show you row upon row of grapevines with breathtaking views of the Cape Blomidon. You’ll discover how the wine is produced and a selection of wine will be offered for you to sample.

After indulging in wine tasting, you’ll make a brief visit to the quaint town of Wolfville, just a short drive away. Take a stroll around at leisure, before the return drive to Halifax.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The wine tasting is only permitted for those over the age of 19. Proof of ID may be required. The journey to Annapolis Valley is around 1¼ hours. This tour involves approximately 1 hour of walking over varying terrain, including steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Local currency is required for purchases. The winery venue may be subject to change.

City of Halifax

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Discover the historic streets of Halifax as your kilted guide introduces you to one of North America’s most captivating cities.

A tranquil setting amidst the bustle of commercial Halifax, the Public Gardens encompass 17 acres of lush flowers, duck ponds, sparkling fountains and Victorian footpaths.

The Halifax Citadel is one of Canada’s most visited national historic sites and lies on a natural drumlin overlooking the entire city with super views of the harbour. Explore the restored barracks, magazines and corridors, or take in an audio-visual show on the Fort’s history.

En route to a shopping stop on Spring Garden Road see many city highlights such as Province House, Old Town Clock, and the Historic Properties; a collection of restored buildings, including stone warehouses built to hold privateers’ booty at the turn of the 18th century.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. At the Citadel there is a fair amount of walking on uneven ground with steps to negotiate at the panoramic viewpoint. Passengers may stay on board the coach during the stops. Total walking time is expected to be around 45 minutes.

Coastal Drive to Peggy's Cove

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 3¼ hours

Beautifully situated on a glacial carved landscape, Peggy’s Cove lighthouse has long been an inspiration to artists and photographers.

Embark on a scenic drive along the winding coastal highway of the lighthouse route, passing picturesque fishing villages to Peggy’s Cove.

Upon arrival, you may choose to accompany your kilted guide on an optional walking tour of the Lower Cove, have your camera ready as you pass by the famous lighthouse, perched among a mass of boulders and admire a huge granite carving which depicts the life and the people of the area, by local artist William de Garthe.

Enjoy some free time to stroll around the harbour, passing colourful clapboard cottages and fishing shacks, and browse the small shops for souvenirs, local handicrafts and artwork.

Returning to Halifax, enjoy a short drive around the city to familiarise yourself with its many highlights.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Protection from the rain is recommended in case of Atlantic mists. There are no pavements at Peggy’s Cove. The drive to Peggy’s Cove is along narrow and winding roads, and the rocks around Peggy’s Cove can be slippery. Comfortable, flat non slip walking shoes are recommended.

Halifax and Harbour Duck Tour

Activity low

Duration: 1 hour

Enjoy the sights of Halifax from land and sea aboard an amphibious Duck vehicle.

Ducks are amphibious trucks created for use as military ship-to-shore transport during World War II. Today, the majority of them are used in cities as a unique way to see the local sights and attractions from both land and water. Halifax is one of those cities…………

Your Duck will take you through the streets of Halifax before splashing into the world’s 2nd largest natural harbour for an exciting cruise along the Halifax waterfront. Sail past the dockyards and admire the city’s modern skyline.

Back on dry land, your tour will continue through Halifax where you can admire more of the city highlights, before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by duck. There is no walking during this tour, but passengers must be able to negotiate 12 steps when boarding the Duck and a degree of agility is required. Please note the ride may be bumpy. Please hold hand railings and remain seated when entering and exiting the water portion of the tour. In the event of small craft warnings, the water portion of the tour may have to be cancelled. The Duck is open air with partial cover, therefore it is recommended to carry a light jacket in case of inclement or cold weather. The advertised itinerary may operate in reverse.

Halifax Hop on Hop Off

Activity low

Duration: 1½ hours

Step aboard a colourful double decker bus and discover the sights of Halifax.

Enjoy a variety of stops on a fully narrated 90 minute round trip loop.

Your route will take in sights such as the Halifax Citadel, Public Gardens, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Province House and Fairview Lawn Cemetery, and great shopping destinations such as the Hydrostone District, Historic Properties and Spring Garden Road.

You’ll have the opportunity to remain on board throughout or hop on and hop off as you please, which provides the flexibility to plan your own schedule and to discover some of the city’s highlights. A brochure will be provided with a detailed map, helping you make the most of your time.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by double-decker bus. Admissions for city attractions are not included and are at your discretion. This tour departs from the quayside approximately every 15-30 minutes throughout the day, depending on traffic. Passengers are requested to present their ticket/pass every time they wish to re-board the bus. This tour is not exclusive to P&O Cruises. A portion of the proceeds from this tour are donated directly to the Breast Cancer Foundation. The commentary on board is available in English only.


A selection of cruises to Halifax, Nova Scotia

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