Halifax Hub & Spoke Itinerary
Photot: Scott Munn
Day 1 - Halifax
Begin your Nova Scotia adventure in the seaport capital of Halifax. The heart of Halifax is perfect for exploring on foot, with beautiful tree-lined streets, international restaurants, galleries and award-winning attractions. A city tour is the perfect way to discover all the city has to offer.
Spend your morning visiting some of Halifax’s highlights:
The city’s vibrant waterfront is a great place to start! Lively Historic Properties is three city blocks of Canada’s oldest surviving group of waterfront warehouses - now home to a diverse collection of speciality boutiques, pubs and restaurants. From here you can also choose from a variety of harbour sailing tours, from a sailing ship to an amphibious tour to a slow cruise along the waterfront on a paddle boat.
Or take a voyage of discovery through Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Among the museum’s thousands of marine treasures is the world’s finest collection of wooden artefacts from Titanic.
Be sure to visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. This highly interactive and moving interpretive centre is housed in Canada’s last surviving immigration shed.
The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a Canadian Tourism Commission “Signature Experience” is certain to impress! Enjoy the pageantry and music of the kilted 78th Highlanders as you tour one of Canada’s most popular heritage treasures and be sure to watch the firing of the noon day gun!
Experience the Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery, one of the oldest breweries in Canada. Take in the Red Stag Pub where costumed interpreters will bring 1863 Halifax to life in story and song as they lead you through the various parts of the massive ironstone and granite building.
Take a stroll through the Halifax Public Gardens, a 17-acre Victorian formal garden located in the heart of the city. Just steps away is one of Halifax’s main shopping districts - Spring Garden Road. This evening, experience some of Halifax’s amazing seafood at one of the city’s many restaurants, and later enjoy some local live music in one of our pubs.
Day 2 - Annapolis Valley & Bay of Fundy
Today you will travel to the picturesque Annapolis Valley, one of Canada’s richest agricultural regions, and discover the dramatic coastal beauty of the Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides in the world.
Visit Grand-Pre National Historic Site where a graceful stone church stands as a memorial to the Acadians who were forcefully exiled from their homes and farms during the Deportation from 1755 to 1763. The Landscape of Grand-Pre is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy lunch and a tour of the lobster pound at Hall’s Harbour, a lovely natural harbour and picturesque fishing village on the upper Bay of Fundy.
Nova Scotia is known around the world for our fresh seafood, but the Annapolis Valley is also gaining a reputation as Canada’s new wine region. Explore our vineyards and sample some of our award-winning wines.
Day 3 - South Shore & Halifax
Celebrate the timeless romance of the sea as you journey through an unforgettable landscape of coastal beauty and historic charm.
Following along the South Shore’s scenic route, discover Peggy’s Cove, where the graceful lighthouse sits high upon the wave-worn granite of the Atlantic coast. The tiny harbour below the lighthouse is a masterpiece of seasoned fish sheds and colourful fishing boasts and is one of the most photographed places in Canada.
Continue along the shore road past headlands and tranquil bays to Mahone Bay, where the streets are lined with a unique collection of shops, studios and galleries of some of Canada’s finest artists and craftspeople.
Before returning to Halifax, visit “Old Town” Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the colourful waterfront, narrow streets and unique architecture proudly display the town’s seafaring heritage.