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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site: Our most recommended tours and activities

Halifax: City Segway Tour

1. Halifax: City Segway Tour

Climb aboard a Segway and make seeing Halifax’s sights a breeze as you glide effortlessly up the city’s many hills. There are two tour lengths to choose from to suit your sightseeing plans and schedule. Both tours include training, stops for pictures, and time to enjoy the visited sites. Check-in at the kiosk on the Halifax Waterfront, sign the waiver and be kitted out with the safety equipment. Prepare for your Segway adventure with 30-minutes of comprehensive training including ample practice time. Then, follow your expert guide along the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk before heading into the city to see the sights. Benefit from the local insights of your guides and enjoy stops for photo opportunities. Your tour duration depends on your selected option. The most popular is the 3-hour City Tour that takes you into the heart of Halifax to see some of the highlights of downtown. The 2-hour City Spin Tour is a shortened version of the 3-hour tour and will take you along the Halifax Waterfront up to Argyle Street and Citadel Hill. Get to know where things are and how the city is laid out so that you can explore further on your own.

Halifax: Small Group Walking Tour with Citadel & Museum

2. Halifax: Small Group Walking Tour with Citadel & Museum

Your tour begins with your friendly local guide meeting you outside of Uncommon Grounds Café in the Halifax Public Gardens. From there, you will begin your walk through the gardens. Halifax Public Gardens is one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian garden in North America. They were founded by the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society in 1836 and were recognized as a National Historic Site in 1984. You will love the peaceful stroll through the grounds, passing by stunning floral foliage. From there you will also get a chance to see the historic Camp Hill Cemetery, The Halifax Common - Canada’s oldest urban park -, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. As you continue along, you will pass the Citadel National Historic Site. The large hill of the site led the British military to found the town there in 1749. Among the first buildings constructed was a wooden guardhouse on top of what would eventually be called Citadel Hill, with Halifax’s first settlers building their homes at the base of the hill. Today, the Citadel continues to watch over the city’s downtown core as a reminder of Halifax’s past. This historical location will definitely peak your interest. After walking past this site, you will come upon the Halifax Clock Tower before heading to City Hall and St. Paul’s Anglican Church. You will continue along to the beautiful waterfront, passing the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on the way. You will love the Halifax Waterfront - a bustling hotspot in the city with one of the world’s longest urban boardwalks spanning the length of the waterfront for 4km (2.5 miles). As you walk along the boardwalk you’ll get the chance to see the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Discovery Centre, and dozens of amazing restaurants and stores. As you reach The Canadian Immigration Museum at Pier 21, your tour will come to a close. Feel free to explore the incredible museum on your own, or continue to wander along the boardwalk, stopping by any restaurants or shops that catch your eye. You won’t want to miss this incredible Halifax experience!

Halifax: Churches, Gardens, & Graveyards Smartphone Tour

3. Halifax: Churches, Gardens, & Graveyards Smartphone Tour

Explore Halifax's landmarks on a self-guided walking tour. Listen to hands-free audio narration and interact with what you see with an attraction-based trivia game. Have the freedom to explore the city at your own pace with a convenient tour that be paused and resumed. Walk through the city's first graveyard at Camp Hill. Delve into stories behind the Holy Cross Cemetery, and the Old Burying Grounds. Admire the impressive architecture of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, and St. Paul's Church. Immerse yourself in history at the the Halifax Armoury and the City Hall. Venture to Victoria Park to find out what makes it Victorian. Go to the heart of the city to see the Halifax Public Gardens and Canada's oldest urban park, the Halifax Common. Dive into tales of the many people that made Halifax what it is today. Take away the stress of looking at a map with the GPS function that will direct you to places like the Museum of Natural History. Hear automatic commentary play as you approach places like the Old Town clock.

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What people are saying about Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 36 reviews

I liked this tour. I appreciated that the app allowed downloading and I was able to listen offline, as we were out of the country and had no cell service. The ability to go at your own pace and see each of the stops was nice. Also seeing the map up front and being able to listen out of order if we travelled a different path was helpful. Would recommend.

Nice tour to see all the highlights. In the beginning you get instruction how the Segway works. By means of an earpiece you will hear information during the ride and there are regular stops. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable.

The staff was very friendly! The tour of Halifax was very interesting and all points of interest were covered. The staff was very patient with the operation of the Segway machine. I would definitely sign up again!

Very flexible organizer who postponed the almost 2-hour tour by 2 hours because of rain. Tour guide was interesting and entertaining.

For adults only! Age 19 and over under Nova Scotia law. Great tour! There was a lot to see, very well explained. Highly recommended!