Harbour Hopper Halifax

Harbour Hopper Tours in Downtown Halifax

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*Our family received tickets in exchange for this blog post. Would you turn down such an amazing opportunity? All opinions are our own.*

Ribbit Ribbit! All aboard Atlantic Canada’s most popular tour – an amphibious adventure that shows you the best of Halifax by land and sea! As you travel, view places of interest in this historic, yet vibrant city, such as Citadel Hill National Historic Site, the Victorian Public Gardens, St. Paul’s Church and busy Spring Garden Road.

 



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The Harbour Hopper is just for tourists – NO way!
The Harbour Hopper is just a drive around the city – NO way!
The Harbour Hopper is a fun, family adventure that is great for locals and visitors alike, and an experience not to be missed!

Our Experience

We met the Harbour Hopper in downtown Halifax at the waterfront. It’s easy to find the building because it’s bright yellow and green just like the Harbour Hopper vehicle itself!

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We boarded the Hopper, which is actually a decommissioned military vehicle (with the guns removed – much to the boys’ chagrin!).
Our tour guide, Luke, welcomed us on board and went over the safety features of the Hopper, especially as we would be going on both land and sea.

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We then headed out for our hour-long journey around Halifax. The first half was spent on land, and the second in the Halifax Harbour.




Throughout the entire trip, our tour guide told us stories of Halifax’s history, important people and notable buildings.

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I found this so fascinating. Although I have lived in Nova Scotia most of my entire life, there was still so much to learn and hear!

What I found so interesting is that Halifax has so many “firsts” or “longest” or “tallest” or “oldest” records. We really are sitting on a historical hotspot!

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The boys found this really interesting, too, and regaled us with as many facts after the adventure as they could remember. They really were listening and taking it all in!

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The transition from land to water was really fun to watch, too. And, no, you don’t get wet when you make the splash!

Daniel made another of his YouTube videos talking about our adventure. Check it out.

From the water, we had great views of the waterfront, and heard stories of the Halifax explosion, the Titanic and innovative technology using sea water.
Here is the official Halifax Hopper video that shows you the tour is fast motion

We ended back where we started all the wiser, and relaxed after having spent a beautiful day in the sunshine!

“It was so fun and amazing!”
“The best part is when you are in the water.”

Tickets and Tours

May 1 – October 31
• Daily Tours Happen every hour and fifteen minutes
• Tours depart from 10:15a.m. until 9:30p.m.

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Adult $35*
Senior $31.5*
Child (6-15) $19.99*
Child (1-5) $11.50*
Child (0-1) Free

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After thoughts

Age: The Harbour Hopper is great for all ages. The boys (8,9) thoroughly enjoyed the ride, however, the older son really got more out of the tour and the information. He was far more interested in listening than his younger brother. So, if you are interested in having your kids go for an educational purpose, I would recommend ages 9+.
There were much younger children on board, and they enjoyed the sights and sounds and the experience of driving on a super-cool vehicle throughout the city.

Ability: there are steep steps at the back of the Harbour Hopper so that you can climb to the top of the vehicle. If you have anyone with mobility issues in your group, take this into consideration.

Tourists and locals: As locals, we thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and learned so much. It would be equally as great to take or encourage visitors to go for a ride on the Harbour Hopper to get a great sense of what Halifax is and its history.

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Tips from the Harbour Hopper

• Arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time for boarding
• Bring an extra layer of clothing as it can get cool on the water
• Always plan extra time for parking

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Enjoy a day out in Halifax, learn something new, and appreciate the city from both land and sea with the Harbour Hopper!
It’s a fun-filled amphibious adventure that you will never forget!

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