Historic Halifax by Foot
Marvel at the extraordinary architecture of Halifax as you stroll through the beautifully restored historic properties on the waterfront. Halifax is the capital of the Canadian province Nova Scotia, and the largest Canadian city east of Montreal. It is an old, vibrant city with several universities and colleges combining to bring a youthful energy.
Discover the historic and modern sites that make Halifax an amazing city. Your guide will share their knowledge of the historical, cultural, political, and military significance of Halifax's landmarks. You'll hear of the tragedies and triumphs that have shaped the character of Haligonians over the centuries and learn why the city is said to be one of the best places to live in Canada.
View the Georgian-style City Hall and Province House which houses the legislature set among modern marvels. City Hall, a sandstone structure built between 1887 and 1890, is exuberantly adorned with all the usual Victorian architectural trifles: prominent clock tower, dormers, pediments, arched windows, pilasters, Corinthian columns.
Halifax is a city with a rich and fascinating history containing historic architecture. Some landmarks reflect its culture, while others its political past, like the House of Assembly. See many Victorian influences, which reflect the city's British heritage. The Mi'kmaq spent the summers here hunting and fishing, and after the city's founding in 1749, sailors would haunt the rough & tumble taverns known as grog shops. Halifax was a key player in many armed conflicts including the War of 1812.
Halifax's rehabilitated waterfront is most inviting and on sunny summer afternoons bustles with tourists enjoying the harbor and business professionals sneaking ice-cream cones. The waterfront walkway is studded with other small diversions, intriguing shops, takeout food emporia, and minor monuments. The waterfront's shopping core is in and around the 3-block Historic Properties, near the Marriott. These buildings of wood and stone are Canada's oldest surviving warehouses, and were once the heart of the city's shipping industry. Today, their historic architecture provides ballast for the somewhat precious boutiques and restaurants they now house instead.
Another lively neighborhood runs along Spring Garden Road between the Public Gardens and the library. Here you'll find intriguing boutiques, bars, and restaurants along these 6 blocks, set amid a Bohemian street scene.
Start on the waterfront and make your way to Spring Garden Road where Victoria settings meet award winning modern architecture with Halifax's new Central Library. At the top of Spring Garden Road is the Halifax Public Garden - the oldest Victorian style gardens in Canada. From the Public Gardens make your way up Citadel Hill, the major landmark of the city. A stone fortress looming over down town from a grassy height where a view from atop will give you an impressive overall picture of the surroundings. From Citadel Hill make your way downhill passing the Old Town Clock, City Hall through the Grand Parade, past Province House to the Harbor-front and the end location of the tour.
Reviewer: James W Schumacher
This was an outstanding tour. The guide was a history professor from a local college. He knew EVERYTHING. Walking tours are the best way to get a good sense of the local culture. This was our second visit to Halifax. I would recommend this tour to anyone that really wants an understanding of the area.
Reviewer: James A Morrow, D.O.
Our guide was very knowledgeable. We walked a very long way at a good clip in the rain and snow. The architecture, including,the library, were extra. The gardens and cemeteries were exquisite. Thank you. Jim and Jody
Reviewer: Linda Eguchi
Our walking tour in Halifax with our very knowledgeable guide, Lyle Elkins, Esquire, was terrific! Our three hour walk, mostly on flat surfaces with some hills was enlightening. Lyle knew the city extremely well and had a great sense of humor. We saw parts of the city and learned historic tidbits that we would never have learned on our own. For us, if it is possible, we will continue to do walking tours rather than bus tours. Sometimes a bus tour is the best option as the tour covers a lot of miles out in the country. But we especially loved our walking tour! Excercise and knowledge is the best!
Reviewer: Bonnie Marcus
Our guide was very informative and we enjoyed it very much. I would recommend this tour.
Reviewer: terry flood
Wonderful knowledge of the area and ability to connect with the people. He was willing to go out of his way to accommodate some of the guests. Would love to go on many more outings with him.