Family Fun in the Fortress City of Halifax
Leaving the cruise dock, we'll drive to Point Pleasant Park for a stroll. Here, your children will be able to walk, run, jump and skip along the harbour-view road that leads to the Battle of the Atlantic Memorial at the very tip of the park. The park is a great place to let your kids burn off energy and get some fresh air! Be sure to bring peanuts for the squirrels!
Our next stop will be the Public Gardens. It is a 22 acre formal Victorian garden with a bandstand, large pond with ducks, play area, and ice cream shop that offers hand-paddled ice cream (and restrooms – always important when traveling with children!). We typically spend approximately thirty minutes in the gardens.
We’ll take a step back in time and visit the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site (the reason for Halifax) where we’ll learn all about this 1850's fortress. We can walk the walls, go down in the ‘ditch’, and experience the firing of the noon gun, a daily event since 1750. We may even get to see a pipe and drum band rehearsal! There are restrooms and a gift shop on site.
For our next activity, we’ll spend some time in and around the harbour near the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. There’s always activity in the harbour running the gamut from cargo, container and warships, to tugboats, sailboats and ferries moving about the busy harbour. Located next to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is an exciting playground shaped like a submarine! You'll have time to enjoy a snack and restroom stop before our next activity.
After the museum, we’ll drive along the shoreline of Halifax Harbour, which is the second largest natural harbour in the world. We'll pass by numerous historical sites, Canada's largest navy base, a large ship yard, and pass under two bridges where we’ll pause to hear the story of one of the greatest man-made disasters of all time; the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Then we’re off to Seaview Park which is located on the inner harbour known as Bedford Basin. This is where the convoys of WWI &WWII began their journey across the Atlantic to Europe. Seaview Park has a great playground for the kids to enjoy.
Perhaps we'll stop for coffee and a restroom break before heading out for visit to "the place where time began". It’s a very scenic spot on the non-commercial part of Halifax Harbour. Here we’ll find a playground plus the opportunity to chase seagulls, ducks and other birds, as well as an ice cream / snack stand. As always, we like to seek out those places where our youthful clients can run, skip, jump, walk, climb, chase and otherwise have a good time while tuckering themselves out in the process!
Lastly, if both time and everybody's energy level permits, we'll visit Yorke Redoubt. This massive fortress looms over the entrance of Halifax Harbour. There are many great views from this vantage point high up over the harbour and from hangman’s beach. It also provides one more opportunity for playing to help burn off some more of that abundant youthful energy!
Following Yorke Redoubt, we’ll return to the cruise ship dock.
As with all excursions, we’ll help you design the ideal excursion that meets the needs of all members of your family!
Starting from $400 for up to 6 persons. Tour is designed for families with young children and can be customized to suit interests and energy levels