Halifax, Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg
9 hours - lunch included
The capital of Nova Scotia, Halifax is the largest city east of Montreal. Founded in 1749 to protect British interests in North America, Halifax is steeped in maritime and military history. As the cultural, educational, commercial and financial centre of the Atlantic Provinces, Halifax offers a variety of museums, churches, educational institutions, historic buildings and monuments. Included in this tour is a lunch of world-renowned Nova Scotian lobster. Fresh from the ocean with all the traditional accompaniments, this is a meal you will not soon forget.
Halifax Citadel: The British began construction on this fortress in 1858 to protect the city and one of the main ports of entry into British North America. The hilltop location offers visitors a panoramic view of the harbour and the city.
The Halifax Public Gardens: These gardens, begun in 1763, are part of the oldest park in Canada and the second oldest in North America. The current 17 acres were begun in 1866. These formal gardens are the oldest Victorian gardens of their type in North America and are considered one of the continent's finest.
Peggy's Cove: The original village was settled in 1811 by six families. Today its year-round population numbers around sixty. The cove is named after an early settler, Peggy, now believed to be a ghost. Thousands of tourists visit the cove, Lighthouse Point, the gift shops, marine studio, restaurant and church every season. Inside St. John's Anglican Church are two beautiful murals painted by the late William DeGarthe. He is also the creator of a large monument, constructed between 1977 and 1982, located behind his summer home and the DeGarthe Museum.
Lunenburg: Founded in 1753 by British and colonial administrations, the first settlers here were German, Swiss and French immigrants. The town is built on a peninsula with both a front and back harbour. The Lunenburg-built schooner Bluenose, launched in 1921, soon made the town famous. In July of 1963 the shipyards built and launched a replica of the schooner christened the Bluenose II.
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic: The three floors of this museum focus on the influence of the Atlantic ocean on this region and contains an aquarium, theatre, gift shop, restaurant and three museum ships.
Mahone Bay: This town was founded a year after Lunenburg and has one of the most photographed harbourfronts in Nova Scotia. The view of three churches standing at the head of the harbour can be found on postcards and calendars in any gift shop. The town is also well known as a crafter's haven and is a great place to find that last minute souvenir.