Planning your Harbour Hopper Halifax TourThe place to buy tickets (or pick them up) is the brightly coloured Harbour Hopper tours office on the Halifax Harbour. The Harbour Hopper departs and finishes just behind the Amos Pewter store in the waterfront carpark. This is a popular tour so you are best to book it ahead of your visit. Check out the Viking Trail in Newfoundland
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour dates and timesThe tour runs on the Halifax Harbor and land from late May to the end of October. Depending on the time of year there can be anywhere from 6 to 20+ cruises per day. The most cruises are during the peak season of June-August and on the weekends. These Halifax Nova Scotia tours tend to leave on the 15-minute marks of the hour eg 00, 15, 30, 45 The tour lasts for 55 minutes. If you’re looking for Halifax Harbour Hopper coupons there aren’t that many available. There is a thread on tripadvisor about this and sometimes there are Halifax Harbour Hopper Groupon deals.
The Halifax Harbour Hopper TourThe tour starts on firm ground in the car park behind the waterfront office. It covers the streets of downtown Halifax before it heads into the harbour so you get both a Halifax city tour and harbour tour. The Harbour Hopper route covers the Citadel Hill National National Historic Site (I have no idea how it actually managed to make it up and down this tight hill!), the Victorian Halifax Public Gardens, St Pauls Church and Halifax’s main drag Spring Garden Road. The tour then heads downtown and into Halifax Harbour. The boat heads past George’s Island Lighthouse, the Halifax Harbour Boardwalk, the stone buildings of Historic Properties and much more. One of the highlights (although that is probably not the right word) of the tour for me was learning about the 1912 Halifax explosion which took place in the harbour. This is still the biggest non-nuclear man-made explosion in history. I had never heard of the Halifax explosion prior to visiting Halifax. It occurred in December of 1917. A Norweigan vessel collided with a French ship in the harbour and the cargo of the French ship was ignited. Unfortunately, the explosion happened after impact. Many Halifax residents had made their way to the harbour after hearing the noise of the collision. More than 2000 people were killed in the explosion. Many more suffered from terrible injuries – particularly to their eyes as people were watching the port when the explosion happened. A terrible tragedy. The Harbour Hopper tour guide will also take you through the history of the harbour and its role in World War 2. The tour then heads into the water. You will head along the waterfront (well not quite along as you’ll be in the middle of the harbour but you get what I mean). This is where you are likely to get your best photos – particularly of the stunning Macdonald Bridge that leads into Halifax. This is also the best angle for photos of the historic buildings along the waterfront. The tour will take you past the key sites including the Maritime Museum (which I highly recommend you go to on your Halifax visit). The Harbour Hopper leaves the harbour the same way it came in and then returns to the car park where you began the tour. Our tour guide was brilliant. He was very knowledgeable which you would expect but also rather amusing which is always appreciated!
Another great place to visit in Canada is its Capital Ottawa – check out my posts on:
17 Instagrammable & Fun Things to do in Ottawa and Outaouais
Top Byward Market Restaurants & Other Ottawa Restaurant Gems
3 Brilliant Ottawa Tours Not to Miss!
Other Halifax Tours You Might LikeThere are loads of great Halifax Canada tourist attractions. Why not take a Segway Tour of the Harbour? The Annapolis Valley is absolutely stunning and can be visited as a day tour from Halifax. And don’t miss seeing Canada’s iconic Peggy’s Cove and lighthouse.
⇒ Lunenburg is a must not miss and you can combine it with lovely Mahone Bay for one of the best one-day nova scotia tours from Halifax. Read more about it in my post Top 16 Things to do in Lunenburg and around Lunenburg.
Things to do around the Harbour Hopper TourThe pickup and drop off points for the Harbour Hopper Tour are virtually halfway along the Halifax waterfront. This means you are extremely close to some of the best activities to do in this fantastic city. I enjoyed a fantastic lunch at the Bicycle Thief restaurant after my tour. It is located on the waterfront. The Bicycle Thief, of course, specialize in seafood. I had an amazing seafood pasta. The Maritime Museum of Halifax is also only a short walk. This museum is full of fascinating remanents from the Titanic including an actual deck chair. I certainly didn’t know until I visited Halifax that it was the biggest port close to where the Titanic sank. The bodies of those who didn’t survive were brought to Halifax for identification. Visiting the Maritime Museum is a must-do Halifax experience. Seaport Farmers Market, North America’s oldest farmer’s market is also only a 5-minute walk away. The market is open every day but the biggest days in terms of stallholders and visitors are on the weekend. It is a brilliant market and I highly recommend you visit. Amos Pewter. Or grab some rum cake at the Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory. Or go on a Segway tour. Or rent a bike
If you like Nova Scotia you’ll LOVE New Brunswick! Check out my posts on:
Whale Watching St Andrews – A Complete Guide
5 Boutique Hotels in New Brunswick Canada full of Charm & Character
9 Brilliant New Brunswick Tours Not to Miss!
The 26 Most Instagrammable Things to do in New Brunswick