The history and culture of Nova Scotia’s capital are largely on view in all the Halifax shore excursions you can book when this city is your port of call on a Nova Scotia Canada cruise. Halifax is a city that’s defined by the sea: It sits on one of the world’s largest natural harbors and from its founding has been an important public, commercial, and military seaport.
The city’s waterfront buzzes with history and hospitality and there are Halifax shore excursions to enhance your experience. Stroll along Harbourwalk to shop and eat on a global scale; stop at the Canadian Museum of Immigration, then wander through the stalls and stands at the City Farmer’s Market. Walk the Warehouse District to browse in restored buildings that now house craft shops.
See the city and its sights from the waterside on Halifax cruise tours speed along Nova Scotia’s stunning coastline, enjoying the spectacular scenery and keeping an eye out for whales, dolphins, and other wildlife. Step aboard a sailing vessel and pay rapt attention as your expert crew guides you through the basics of sailing – tacking, gybing, unfurling the sails, and more.
If you’re intrigued by the rich maritime history of the area, book Halifax shore excursions to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The exhibits and collections trace Nova Scotia’s marine history from small crafts to steamships; tracks the story of the Royal Canadian and Merchant Navies; and there’s an exhibit that outlines Nova Scotia’s role in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster.
Much has been written about Nova Scotia’s spectacular lighthouses, and among the best excursions are those that include a stop at Peggy’s Cove, for a look at this quaint village’s lighthouse, learn how the town got its name, and discover the charm that has inspired writers, artists and poets.
Halifax’s history is on display around the city, most notable at the Citadel, the fortress built when the town was founded in 1749. Tour the Army Museum, walk the fort, inside and out, and watch the sentry change on the hour. The Old Town Clock, built in 1803, at the request of Prince Edward, rings out the time for the town.
Take a ferry ride to Halifax Common, Canada’s oldest park, dating back to 1763. Don’t miss the Grand Parade Square, the city’s oldest public open space, and see the Cenotaph, a war memorial to the World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.