Nova Scotia Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise from Halifax Harbour
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Harbour Queen I: The crew's on deck to give you a luxury cruise through Halifax Harbour and the Northwest Arm on an authentic Mississippi-style paddle wheeler.
- Buffet Brunch: Be greeted with a complimentary champagne cocktail as you board and enjoy a buffet-style brunch while cruising through the Halifax Harbour and into the Northwest Arm. A cash bar is available.
- Coastal sights and stories: Savor the spirit of this picturesque province as you cruise past the city skyline to Georges Island and McNabs Island lighthouse.
About this Halifax, Nova Scotia tour
There's only one way to see Atlantic Canada's quintessential waterfront city. Only one way to grasp how seafaring heritage is woven like sailors' knots into this modern port. Of course, you have to see Halifax from the water. And on a relaxed Sunday morning, with a friendly crew, delicious food, and champagne – well, that's "some good" as Bluenosers say (that's the affectionate nickname for Nova Scotians).
Don't be startled by the big boom at noon (and don't spill your champagne). You're hearing the cannon, fired daily at the Citadel – the massive fort that dominates the skyline. The city started here in 1749, when the British built a wooden guardhouse to defend the harbor. As the Citadel grew (you'll see the fourth version), so did the city. Looking up at its ramparts, you'll know why no enemy dared attack Nova Scotia's capital.
You'll cruise past the colorful Historic Properties along the waterfront. Dating back to the late 1700s, they were once warehouses stuffed with booty captured by privateers (basically legalized pirates). Boutiques have replaced the booty, but a whiff of pirate still lingers along the wharf. You'll glide by Georges Island, a scene of military activity for 200 years. Ask your guide about its prisoners and hidden tunnels. This place has a mysterious past.
Of course, the crew finds the perfect spot to snap pictures of the lighthouse. You've got to take those in Nova Scotia. And you've got to have a "good feed" as the saying goes. The Harbour Queen crew won't disappoint you here either. Those Bluenosers know how to put on some good Sunday Brunch.
The dark and light of McNab Island
This island was once strategic in defending Halifax Harbour. During the Napoleonic Wars, the Royal Navy displayed a grisly sight on its beach: executed mutineers serving as a warning to anyone entering the harbor with similar intentions. On a brighter note, in 1851 the McNab Lighthouse was the first to use kerosene. After the keeper proved its efficiency, whale oil was phased out for keeping Nova Scotia's lighthouses burning.
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 has two levels - the bottom level is enclosed and heated with multiple windows on either side. The upper level is open but has an overhead covering. 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.
Food and Wine, Scenic, Boat Tour, Luxury, Wilderness/Wildlife
Beverages - A Champagne Cocktail
Lunch - Buffet of Local Favorites
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, however, if you are under 19 years of age you won't be able to drink champagne 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. The meal options are not fully gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian.
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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