Hub & Spoke Tour
Day 1: Halifax
Begin your Nova Scotia adventure in, Halifax, our vibrant capital city by the sea. Founded in 1749, Halifax’s unique blend of Old World charm and New World attitude has been delighting visitors for over 250 years and sets the stage for an exciting array of discoveries. The heart of Halifax is perfect for exploring on foot.
The city’s historic waterfront is a great place to start! Lively Historic Properties, the first restoration of its kind, 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. And hugging Halifax Harbour for 10 city blocks, the waterfront boardwalk follows the water’s edge past historic shops, museums and colourful attractions, all the way to the Halifax Cruise Pavilion and Pier 21.
Take a voyage of discovery through Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Among the museums’ thousands of marine treasures is the world’s finest collection of wooden artifacts from Titanic. The museum’s artifacts are not limited to inside the museum - the CSS Acadia (Canada’s first hydrographic vessel) and the HMCS Sackville, the last of the World War II convoy escort corvettes, can be found dockside.
Be sure to visit the Canadian Museum of Immigraton at Pier 21. This highly interactive and moving interpretive centre is housed in Canada’s last surviving ocean immigration shed. Hear the stories of over 1.5 million immigrants and military personnel who passed through its doors between 1928 and 1971.
The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is an impressive star-shaped fortress with a commanding view of the city’s expansive harbour. Cover your ears as the kilted 78th Highlanders prepare to shoot the noon-day cannon, one of the oldest continuous noon guns in the world!
Take a late afternoon sail out into Halifax Harbour aboard the Mar, a 75-foot Wooden Tall Ship, and feel the salt breezes against your cheeks.
Overnight: Halifax area
Day 2: Annapolis Valley
Discover the Annapolis Valley, Atlantic Canada’s richest agricultural region, and home to early Acadian settlement and the world’s highest tides.
Begin your day by exploring the Landscape of Grand-Pré, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the interpretive centre, you will learn about the technologies developed by the Acadians to harness the tides for agriculture and later, visit the graceful stone church which stands as a memorial to the Acadians who were forcefully exiled from their homes and farms during the Deportation from 1755 to 1763.
Drive to Hall’s Harbour, a lovely natural harbour and picturesque fishing village on the upper Bay of Fundy. Here you will learn about lobster marine biology as you tour the pound, then dine on fresh boiled lobsters at picnic tables by the water’s edge. You might even see the fishing boats aground while the tide is out.
You can also stroll the Bay of Fundy coastline to see the tidal impact. The “world’s highest tides” have carved dramatic sandstone cliffs and caves all along this coastline.
After lunch, a stop at the Look-Off will reward you with a panoramic view of the Annapolis Valley.
The Annapolis Valley, also known as ‘wine country’, is currently inhabited by a growing number of wineries and grape growers - L'Acadie Vineyards, Muir Murray Esate Winery, Blomidon Estate Winery, Gaspereau Vineyards, Lucketts Vineyards, Avondale Sky Winery and Grand Pré Winery, a member of the ECONOMUSEUM® network, are all located in the Wolfville area. A little closer to Halifax in the Windsor area is Sainte Famille Wines Ltd. We finish off the afternoon with a tour and tasting at Grand Pré Winery.
Day 3: South Shore
Come and celebrate the timeless romance of the sea as you journey through an unforgettable landscape of coastal beauty and historic charm.
At Peggy’s Cove, the graceful lighthouse sitting high upon the smooth wave-worn granite of the coast is a revered symbol of the sea-born spirit of Nova Scotia. The tiny harbour below the lighthouse is a masterpiece of weathered fish sheds and colourful fishing boats.
Stop in Mahone Bay, where the narrow streets are lined with a unique collection of studios and galleries of some of Canada’s finest artists and craftspeople. The three waterfront churches seen along the bay as you enter town, form one of the most photographed scenes in Nova Scotia.
Before heading back to Halifax, visit Lunenburg, where the colourful waterfront, narrow streets and captivating architecture radiate the flavour of the town’s seafaring heritage. Old Town Lunenburg was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. Bluenose II, a replica of the original undefeated champion of the North Atlantic, was built in Lunenburg in 1963 and is open to the public when it’s in port.
You will begin to understand the history of this area as you walk take a walking tour through the town, from the Lunenburg Academy, down to the Fishermens’ Memorial. The unique architecture of this town, including its “Lunenburg Bump”, has been featured in Architectural Digest many times. Follow your walking tour with a visit to the Ironworks Distillery where you can sample rums, liqueurs and brandies, all made with fruit from the Annapolis Valley.