Wednesday Afternoon Activities
Please join us on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 27th, for one of the unique social activities we have planned. Note that some of these activities have an upper limit on the number of participants (listed below), so please book early to avoid disappointment! All registrations will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Peggy’s Cove Tour
(1:00 pm – 5:30 pm)
Board our deluxe motor coach and relax while your kilted guide introduces you to the delights of Halifax, as you leave downtown via the Northwest Arm. Travelling along the Lighthouse Route, you’ll have the opportunity to take in the picturesque scenery of the South Shore.
Peggy’s Cove has been a popular destination for both artists and explorers for well over 150 years. This village is located on the rugged Atlantic shoreline, built on solid granite above the crashing surf. The coastline is historically famous for its pirates, shipwrecks, rum-running, and beautiful sunsets.
Your guide will take you on a walking tour of the cove and village, where you’ll see the weatherworn fishing shacks still used by local fishermen (complete with colourful buoys and lobster traps), and unique rock formations that have been carved out by the glaciers of the last Ice Age. You will also view a lasting rock sculpture created by local resident William deGarthe – a beautiful granite carving which depicts the life and people of the area.
Afterward, take the time to browse through the charismatic souvenir shops before boarding your motor coach for the return trip to Halifax.
Price: $54.05 per person (includes all taxes and gratuities for drivers and guides.)
Note: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable footwear. It can be chilly by the ocean. Transportation included.
Coastal Barrens & Ecological Tour & Hike
(1:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Travel to Peggy’s Cove where you’ll join a professional guide on a two-hour hike of the Devonian granite formations in the area. These 350 to 415 million-year-old boulders were scattered by retreating glaciers over 10,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age. Porcupine, mink, deer and bald eagles are just a few of the sights that you can expect to see on this adventure.
After your hike, if time permits, you can explore the scenic oceanside village on your own before returning to Halifax.
Price: $90.85 per person (includes all taxes and gratuities for drivers and guides.)
Note: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable footwear. It can be chilly by the ocean. No previous hiking experience is necessary. Transportation included.
Sea Kayaking Tour
(1:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Join us in stunning Lower Prospect, a small fishing village just outside of Halifax, for a three-hour sea kayaking tour with world-class paddling guides. Visitors will have a chance to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area while experiencing some of the best sea kayaking anywhere.
You will depart from ‘home base’, which is located in a sheltered cove, and explore some of the area’s beautiful bays, inlets, channels, and rocky coastlines. Lucky groups will be treated to sightings of seals, whales, and other incredible wildlife of both land and sea. You will complete your journey with some delicious chowder and a refreshing beverage.
What you’ll need: sunscreen; hat; water; sunglasses with strap; shoes that can get wet (old tennis shoes, sport sandals, etc.); clothing - avoid cotton (jeans, etc), wear quick-dry (synthetic) material, fleece, yoga clothes, etc.; extra fleece/windbreaker to change into; camera.
Price: $80.50 per person
40 SOLD OUT
Note: No paddling experience is required – everything you’ll need to know will be taught on site. Transportation included.
Evangeline Trail and Wine Tasting
(1:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Travel through the heart of Nova Scotia — past scenic farm lands, rolling hills, and the charming pastoral settings of the Annapolis Valley — to the land of the Acadians. On the way, you will see the effects of the world’s highest tides in the extensive salt marshes surrounding Windsor. As you continue on to Grand Pre National Historic Park, you will learn of ‘Evangeline’ (American Poet Henry Longfellow's tragic heroine) and the sad plight of the Acadians, the hard-working descendants of the 17th century French colonists who were amongst the first settlers of Nova Scotia. Next, you’ll visit a local winery for a tour and wine sampling that includes artisanal cheeses, featuring products from Fox Hill Farm located in nearby Port Williams. This tasting will also include sampling an award-winning Ice Wine.
If time permits, enjoy a stroll through the university town of Wolfville on the beautiful Bay of Fundy shore before heading back to Halifax.
Price: $74.75 per person (includes all taxes and gratuities for drivers and guides.)
Note: We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dress casually, as often we step out into the vineyard during the tour. Transportation included.
Halifax Harbour Lobster & Lighthouse Tour
(1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Join us in discovering Halifax’s three most prominent lighthouses on a two hour tour aboard a local boat, the Peggy’s Cove Express. Learn about the important roles these lighthouses have played in the city’s mariner history and the Nova Scotian boating trade, while photographing the picturesque coastline to make postcards of your own. Our Captain and crew will also pull up a lobster trap during the tour, and guests will have a chance to handle the lobster if they have the courage!
The Peggy’s Cove Express is a 44 foot Cape Islander built in 1995 of fiberglass construction. The vessel is equipped with the latest in safety and navigational equipment, and is licensed to travel outside the Harbour limits.
Price: $46.00 per person
Note: The Peggy’s Cove Express has fully equipped washroom facilities. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable footwear. Transportation included.
Tall Ship Sailing Excursion
(1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Join us aboard the spectacular Mar – a 75 foot tall wooden sailing vessel – for an exclusive two-hour sailing excursion around the Halifax Harbour. If you’re lucky, you just might see the crew fire the cannon!
The Mar was built in 1959 in Denmark by author Ernest K. Gann. The vessel was the subject of a documentary film produced by its next owner Charles Tobias of the Pusser’s Rum Company who used it to circumnavigate the world twice.
Price: $40.25 per person
Note: The Mar is wheelchair accessible and has fully equipped washroom facilities. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable footwear. Transportation included.