During the Congress, tours of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College are being planned (details to follow).
Ambassatours is a local travel agency that provides tours of Halifax and Atlantic Canada. Contact Ambassatours' reservations department directly. The listed tours are guaranteed to operate and do not require a minimum number from IFASA.
Multi-Day tours that operate before and after the Congress include:
Ambassatours offers daily sightseeing tours of Halifax, Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg & Mahone Bay. They may be booked in conjunction with the multi-day escorted tours or on their own.
Historic Halifax Walking Tour (2- 2.5 Hours)
Discover the old core of downtown Halifax the way it’s seen best: by foot. Accompanied by kilted guide, walk past elegant arches of Georgian and Victorian architecture, which help the city retain its historic charm. Visit the lovely Grand Parade Square, site of military drills in days gone by, and see the oldest Anglican Church in Canada. Enjoy the history of Province House and City Hall, overlooked by the picture-perfect Town Clock, perched on Citadel Hill. Take a stroll through the beautiful Public Gardens, which encompasses 17 acres of Victorian paths, lush flowerbeds and sparkling fountains. These gardens were begun in 1866 and are the oldest Victorian gardens in North America. Lastly, browse through the quaint shops and heritage buildings of the Historic Properties, and Bishops Landing located on the Halifax waterfront. Everywhere you look; this bustling seaport is overflowing with history and atmosphere!
Historical Halifax City Tour (3.5 hours)
This history and anecdote-filled ride through the streets of Halifax will introduce you to one of North America’s most unique and captivating destinations. Hear of the days of rumrunning and privateering, Halifax during the war years, the Titanic connection, and the exploits and heroism of the citizens that lived through the devastating Halifax Explosion in 1917. Your kilted guide will lead this excursion, which includes stops at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, the Halifax Public Gardens and Citadel Hill National Historic Site.
Price: $39.00 + HST Per Person, Based on Min 35/Max 52 Guests Per Coach
Fisherman’s Cove (3 hours)
Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage is a restored 200-year-old fishing village located behind a large island on the other side of Halifax Harbour (only 25 minutes drive from downtown Halifax on the return). This unique setting offers visitors a peek into the past and a variety of activities to enjoy. Upon arrival at Fisherman’s Cove, your guests have 2 hours to explore the village and the many fishing shanties and shops. Boondocks restaurant is also on site, located right on the water and is known for its seafood. Group refreshments can be arranged in advance if desired. Those that don’t want to shop or dine will be invited to join a professional nature guide on a 30-45 minute flora and fauna tour of the sea bog and boardwalk.
Price: $32.00 + HST Per Person, Based on Min 35/Max 52 Guests Per Coach
Titanic - The Halifax Connection (3 hours)
No detailed visit to Halifax would be complete without a close look at this century’s most significant marine disaster - the sinking of Titanic. Burial site of 150 victims of this ill-fated ocean liner, Halifax was dubbed for a time as the “Funeral City”, and its inhabitants were greatly commended on their response and compassion during the relief effort. Serving as a base for the recovery operation, Halifax received the bodies of over 200 victims, and implemented the numbered marking system used to help identify the unknown by their belongings.
This tour will encompass all aspects of Halifax’ connection to this devastating event, including the historic pier from where the cable ships were dispatched to pick up victims; the church where memorial services were held; the temporary morgue sites which housed the bodies of such wealthy victims as John Jacob Astor; and Fairview Cemetery, where row upon row of identical gravestones, laid out in the shape of a ship’s hull, mark the final resting place of 120 victims. Hear the stories of two Halifax natives who traveled on Titanic, “Unsinkable Molly Brown’s” post-Titanic visit, and stop at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which houses an excellent permanent exhibit on this disaster, featuring the world’s largest collection of wooden artifacts - including a post from the famous Grand Staircase, and the only intact Titanic deck chair in the world.
Price: $38.00 + HST Per Person, Based on Min 35/Max 52 Guests Per Coach
Halifax Highlights and Peggy’s Cove Tour (6 hours)
This history and anecdote-filled ride through the streets of Halifax will introduce you to one of North America’s most unique and captivating destinations. Hear of the days of rumrunning and privateering, Halifax during the war years, the Titanic connection, and the exploits and heroism of the citizens that lived through the devastating Halifax Explosion in 1917. Your excursion includes a picture stop at Citadel Hill and the Town Clock. You will also see the Public Gardens and the Halifax waterfront. Then it is off to Peggy's Cove - an artists’ and explorers’ paradise for well over 150 years. This picture postcard village, on the rugged Atlantic Shoreline, stands on solid rock above the crashing surf. The coastline is famous for pirates, shipwrecks, rum running and sunsets. There will be plenty of time for exploring this unique area, and for those who wish, your kilted guide will take you on a walking tour of the moody cove and village, featuring the famous DeGarthe. Don’t forget to mail a postcard at the Post Office in the Lighthouse - considered by many to be the most photographed lighthouse in the world! While in Peggy’s Cove the group will enjoy a delicious lunch at the Sou’Wester Restaurant.
Price: $80.00 + HST Per Person, Based on Min 35/Max 52 Guests Per Coach
South Shore Tour –Lunenburg and Mahone Bay (6 hours)
Commonly known as “the prettiest town in Canada”, Lunenburg has recently been named one of the world’s few UNESCO World Heritage Sites by the United Nations. Settled in the mid 1750’s by Germans and Swiss, its citizens still retain one of the most interesting accents in North America. Now a bustling fishing port, Lunenburg was once considered to be the busiest shipbuilding town in the world, and was the birthplace of the world-famous racing schooner Bluenose. The town’s distinctive architecture and extraordinary scenic beauty is a colourful reminder of our maritime heritage. While in Lunenburg the group will enjoy a delicious lunch at the Old Fish Factory Restaurant. Afterwards, join us on a walking tour conducted by local historian, to learn the fascinating folklore of Lunenburg’s past and present. Highlights of this downhill stroll include the Lunenburg Academy, the details of the UNESCO designation and a sample of the seafood delights associated with a traditional Lunenburg “Mug Up”. On the return drive to Halifax, a brief picture stop will also be made in Mahone Bay, famous for its picturesque scene of three waterfront churches. You’ll love this tour along our beautiful South Shore!
Price: $90.00 + HST Per Person, Based on Min 35/Max 52 Guests Per Coach
Evangeline Trail and Wine Tasting (6 hours)
Travel through the heart of the farm land of Nova Scotia, past rolling hills and pleasant pastoral settings of the Annapolis Valley to visit the land of the Acadians. Here, you will see the effects of the world’s highest tides in Windsor. Continue on to Grand Pre National Historic Park, where you will learn of ‘Evangeline’, Longfellow's tragic heroine, and the sad plight of the Acadians, the simple farm folk who were amongst the first settlers of Nova Scotia. Next, a visit will be made at the Grand Pre Winery for a brief tour and a chance to sample some of Atlantic Canada’s finest wines. Recently purchased and renovated by Swiss businessman, Hanspeter Stutz, the Grand Pre Winery offers 30 acres of beautiful vineyards, an on-site art display allowing guests to view the works of both Nova Scotian and European artists. Before departing for Halifax the group will enjoy a delicious lunch at the Old Orchard Inn. You will then travel through beautiful Wolfville and visit a farm fresh Nova Scotia fruit and vegetable stand.
Price: $95.00 + HST Per Person, Based on Min 35/Max 52 Guests Per Coach