Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise from Halifax Harbour
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Tall Ship Silva: Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and 360-degree views aboard a 130-foot schooner with indoor and outdoor seating, onboard pub, and live music.
- Sailing 101: Get set to haul on lines with the crew, set sails, and steer from the helm – or just sit back, relax, and take in the fresh air and fabulous views.
- Coastal sights and stories: Savor the spirit of this picturesque province as you cruise past Nova Scotia's capital to the waters around scenic Georges Island.
About this Halifax, Nova Scotia tour
Like the bow of a proud ship, Nova Scotia's coast reaches out into the Atlantic. Tall ships have sailed these waters for centuries, and now it's your turn share the tradition – and the "Sea Fever" romanticized in John Masefield's poem: "I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky, and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by…"
Schooners like Tall Ship Silva were the fastest ships on the seas in the 18th and 19th centuries. Privateers counted on their speed to raid and plunder American ships here in Halifax Harbour during the War of 1812. But Tall Ship Silva has another story. Built in Sweden in 1939, she sailed the Baltic during World War II and then carried cargo throughout Scandinavia. In 2001, new owners brought her to Halifax and refitted her completely, using original blueprints found in the depths of a Stockholm museum.
Today her majestic beauty is restored. You'll notice her smooth, clean lines right away. Step aboard and admire her ship-shape decks. Look skyward to see her towering masts and massive sails. She's ready to give you a true mariner's view of all the iconic sights – Harbour Bridge, Fort George, McNabs Island, Point Pleasant Park, and Historic Properties – with a cap'n and friendly crew to entertain you with tales about them all.
So haul away, raise the mainsail, and take your turn at her wheel. With waves slapping the bow, winds swelling the sails, seagulls crying, and salt air in your face, you'll experience Halifax just like the privateers of old. Ahoy matey!
Sail on a dime
Canada's most celebrated fishing and racing schooner is the Bluenose, first built in 1921 and replicated by the Bluenose II in 1963. Her homeport is Lunenburg (just south of Halifax), but you may see Canada's "sailing ambassador" if she's visiting Halifax. And you can see her in full sail on the Canadian dime and on Nova Scotia license plates. Bluenosers (Nova Scotians) proudly claim this namesake ship as their provincial symbol.
Please proceed to Murphy's The Cable Wharf at 1751 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 3E4, at the foot of George Street on the Halifax waterfront.
This boat offers an open Top and Quarter Deck with comfortable seating inside and out. Down below are large modernized restrooms. Murphy's General Store located at the start of tour offers a chance to buy souvenirs. Credit cards accepted.
This tour is suitable for travelers with limited mobility, able to get on and off the boat without assistance or with the aid of a traveling companion. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Scenic, Boat Tour, Family Friendly, Wilderness/Wildlife
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages but if you are under 19 years of age you won't be able to drink adult beverages on this tour. 19 is the legal age to consume alcohol in Nova Scotia. Bring your ID to prove your age if you are asked.
Special Medical Restriction
If you suffer from motion sickness, take precautions before the tour begins.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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