Tour #4 – Grand Pre, Minas Basin, Valley Look Off, and Halls Harbor
This tour is a 6-7 hour tour of the Minas Basin and the Bay of Fundy. Please remember that this is your tour and you can stop when and where you wish. We endeavor to show you as much as possible in the time allowed, but due to Cruise Ship departure times you may not see everything listed in the following. Our Company policy is to have our guests back at your pier one hour before you ship leaves. The drive to this area of our Province takes about one hour from your cruise ship and about one hour and twenty minutes to return to your cruise ship.
We include in this tour Grand Pre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where in 1755 the Acadians were expelled from the Province by the British. Visit the Deportation Cross site where the ships waited for the Acadians, many of those deported would never return to their homes. From the View Park on Old Post Road you can gaze over the 1,300 hectares of farm fields, marshes and dyke lands that comprise the landscape of Grand Pre. Tour the Grand Pre Interpretation Center, see and learn the history, beginning with a state of the art cinematic display in the hull of a Deportation Ship.
Throughout the modern building l’Acadie is illuminated with intricate models, regional artwork, interpretive displays and unearthed artifacts. See some of the earliest examples of the use of European technology in Nova Scotia and discover what became of these extraordinary people, who built dykes that turned salt marshes into rich farmland. Enter the picturesque garden grounds, see the French Willows, Old Well, Victorian Gardens, Blacksmith Shop. and Herbin Cross. Then visit the legendary Statue of Evangeline made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem. Finish your visit with the Memorial Church, where famous paintings from Claude Picard and a stained glass masterpiece by Terry Smith-Lamothe celebrates the culture and courage of the Acadians.
Before we leave the area, a shore drive away is Evangeline Beach with a stunning view of Blomidon Ridge. Take a walk at low tide or go for a swim at high tide. Watch the highest tide in the world, up to fifty four feet, and see amazing birds like plovers and eagles. After the beach we can stop for lunch at the Evangeline Café, or at Grand Pre Winery for some wine tasting, a possible tour of the vineyards depending on timing and/or lunch at their restaurant.
We travel through the Town of Wolfville, which is situated in the North Western portion of Nova Scotia, along the shores of the Minas Basin which is part of the Bay of Fundy, and is the home of Acadia University. The Town is separated from the Minas Basin by agricultural dykes which were built by Acadians in the 17th century. Wolfville experiences the Bay of Fundy’s record setting tides each day as water fills and drains from the Wolfville Harbour, which is the world’s smallest harbour.
From Wolfville we make our way along the Minas Basin, stopping if you wish at Fox Hill Farm, a sixth generation family farm nestled in the lush fields of Port Williams Nova Scotia, is home to Fox Hill Cheese House. They plant the seed, grow the grass, milk their Holstein and Jersey cows, and use the finest, freshest quality milk in their own processing facility. Fox Hill Cheese House produces many varieties of savoury cheese, natural yogurt, luscious gelato, and pasteurized non-homogenized milk in glass bottles.
We travel across the Wellington Dyke to Kingsport Beach, which is across the Minas Basin from Evangeline Beech. Then we travel up the North Mountain to enjoy the view from the Look Off where you can see for a hundred miles on a clear day. From the Look Off we travel to Halls Harbor for a closer look at Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides in the world. Here you can enjoy a fresh lobster lunch on the wharf next to the Bay of Fundy. All tours have full narrative and many stops for any photographs you wish to take, plus any additional requests you might have if time allows.
Grand Pre + Minas Basin + Valley Look Off + Halls Harbor Tour Price
$65 Per hour per vehicle (6 Passenger Van) – Best Value!
$70 Per hour per vehicle (3 Passenger Sedan)
$85 Per hour per vehicle (7 Passenger SUV)
$105 Per hour per vehicle (8 Passenger Stretch Limo)
Included: Grand Pre, Acadian History and Dykes, Minas Basin, Look Off and Halls Harbour (minimum 7 hour Tour). Tour pricing does not include meals, museum or Park entrance fees, wine tastings or winery tours. Please allow extra time if you wish to stop for a meal, visit a museum, Park or winery.
HALIFAX TOUR GUYS – Booking Form
HALIFAX TOUR GUYS will pick you up at The Halifax Cruise Ship Terminal. At the address of any Hotel, Inn, Bed and Breakfast in Nova Scotia, or Bay Ferry Terminal in the Province. The Halifax International Airport, and any private residence or entry point in Nova Scotia.
Cruise Ship Tours: Guests will be picked up at your Cruise Ship pier. Do not get on any shuttles, or buses. Your driver/tour guide will be waiting at your pier, holding a PINK SIGN with your name on it. No tours will not begin before 8am local time, unless prior arrangements have been made with our office. Your hourly rate does not begin until the wheels of your tour vehicle are moving.
Tour Itinerary: Your driver/tour guide will discuss the tour itinerary with the guest in charge, to customize your tour for you. The person whose name appears on the pink sign is considered to be the person in charge of the booked tour.
Large Group and Multi Vehicle Tours: Please disembark your Cruise Ship together, and look for your driver/tour guides, holding a pink sign with the person in charge, name on it. The person in charge of the booked tour will assign seats in the vehicles, and discuss the tour itinerary, any changes in the tour, and stops on the tour, with the driver/tour guides.
Please Note: Guests need to be dressed for the weather as it can sometimes change from one area to the next. If you require any of the following items, please indicate on your booking form, Step-up, Baby and/or toddler seats, if you will be using a walker or wheel chair, and any other consideration or need that we should know about. Please make sure that we have a contact cell number for you and that we can reach you at that number, while in the Port of Halifax.
At the End of Your Tour: Please make sure to check your tour vehicle for any items you may have left behind, before departing vehicle. Please pay your driver/tour guide when your tour is over. Your driver/tour guide will gladly accept Canadian Cash, or will give an exchange rate of 10 percent (10%) on American Cash. We will also accept credit cards as well. If you enjoyed your tour with us, give us a review on Trip Advisor.
Pier 22 Pick up location change: Halifax Tour Guys have provided the maps below to show our guests where to meet your driver/tour guide at Pier 22.
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When you pass through the security turnstiles area in the promenade of Pier 22, YOU MUST CONTINUE WALKING STRAIGHT, GO DOWN THE RAMP, OUT THE FRONT ENTRANCE AND CROSS THE ROAD WHERE THE LARGE TOUR BUSES ARE TO THE PARKING LOT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT ROAD. We will be there holding pink signs with our customers name on them. If for some reason you cannot find us, please ask a security officer, Port of Halifax Official, or call us at the following numbers and tell us where you are. If you cannot find us, we will come find you. Hopefully you will not encounter any problems finding us.
Lem Smith General Manager
Halifax Tour Guys/Halifax Cruise Ship Shore Tours
Office Manager: 1-902-406-6314
General Manager: 1-902-802-4259
Operations Manager: 1-902-802-5466
Questions: If you have any questions before or after making your booking, please contact us – firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-902-406-6314
*Disclaimer: The purpose of the credit card information is to hold your booked tour with us. Once we receive your credit card information either with your booking form or by calling our office at 1-902-406-6314, we will email your Tour Confirmation within 48 hours to you. Your credit card will not be charged for your tour, and will only be charged for the following two reasons. If you fail to cancel your tour with us 72 hours before you Cruise Ship is scheduled to dock in Halifax, and/or fail to show up for your booked tour within two hours after your Cruise Ship has started to disembark passengers in the Port of Halifax. Your credit card will the be charged a fee of $150.00 per vehicle ordered. This charge is to cover your driver/tour guides time, associated office, and credit card fees.
Your driver/tour guide will gladly accept Canadian Cash, or will give an exchange rate of 10 percent (10%) on American Cash. We will also accept credit cards as well. Tour prices do not cover meals, entrance fees to museums, parks, attractions, buggy rides, wine tasting, winery tours or boat fees. Driver gratuities are also not in the price structure.