Nova Scotia Dinner Cruise from Halifax Harbour
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Harbour Queen: Come aboard an authentic Mississippi-style paddle wheeler and cruise in style through Halifax Harbor and into the waters of the Northwest Arm.
- Buffet dinner: A Nova Scotia bounty of appetizers, entrees, and desserts – with the option to add a lobster to your meal (extra charge), and a cash bar for drinks.
- 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
Shipwrecks, thieving pirates, maritime tragedy, and one of the world's biggest explosions ever – Halifax Harbour has seen it all. Cruise its waters with an entertaining crew and you'll step back onto land with a real taste of what Nova Scotia's seafaring life is all about.
You'll hear how pirates, privateers, and smugglers plied this harbor for centuries. As you pass the city's Historic Properties, also called Privateers' Wharf, picture the days when they were warehouses that stashed loot lifted from American merchant ships during the War of 1812. The pillaging privateers later auctioned off their booty for big profits.
While dozens of shipwrecks lie silent in the harbor's floor, two seafaring catastrophes will echo in these waters forever. In 1912, ships returned to the harbor with bodies from the RMS Titanic for burial in Halifax. And in 1917, the Great Halifax Explosion was heard for miles when the SS Mont-Blanc, a loaded French munitions ship, collided with the SS Imo. (See more of the damaging details about this blast from the past below.)
Harbour Queen's crew not only spin great yarns. They cook up a savory feast of Seafood Chowder, Steamed Mussels, Atlantic Salmon (plus salad, sides, and options for landlubbers too). Save room for Apple Crisp, Chocolate Torte or – a Nova Scotia favorite – fresh Blueberry Pie. And if all the yarns and feasting bring out your inner pirate, no worries. There's a watering hole onboard with a barkeep who knows the ropes. Just hand over a little booty and he'll be pouring you some grog.
The disastrous day in Halifax
During World War I, the city was a hub of activity, but the morning of December 6, 1917 changed everything. Two ships collided, and a cataclysmic blast shattered every city window, leveled buildings, and sparked raging fires. When it was over, 2,000 were dead and 9,000 injured. The detonated onboard munitions equaled about 2.9 kilotons of TNT – creating the world's biggest man-made explosion until Hiroshima in 1945.
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, Wilderness/Wildlife
Beverages - Coffee/Tea
Dinner-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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