Tour #3 – Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Aspontogan Peninsula
This tour is 6-7 hours. You travel from Halifax to Exit #11 off Highway #103, passing through Blockhouse on our way to Lunenburg. The trip there is about an hour and ten minutes. Once we arrive. Our tour starts with a magnificent view of Old Town Lunenburg, across the harbor from the golf course. If you did not see it, here is great article from National Geographic Traveler magazine from June 2013, a picture of Lunenburg was on the cover!
Did you know that Lunenburg is an UNESCO (UN) World Heritage Designated Site. It is home to the famous Bluenose Schooner, which is on the back of our 10 cent coin, and her Captain, Angus Walters who together, with a well trained crew, won many fishing schooner races in her day. The Nova Scotia Fisheries Museum tells the complete story of Lunenburg’s fishing history, from the glory days in the age of sail until now.
Your Driver/Tour Guide will tell you story’s about Camp Norway and the section of the Berlin Wall. You can visit the Fisheries Museum and stroll the waterfront and the Old Town as well. Lunenburg has a number of Churches such as St John‘s Church dating back to 1753. Old Town Lunenburg is recognized for its architecture and planning all over the world. The best British colonial town planning in North America. There are wonderful art galleries, small shops of various kinds and folk art, in fact they have folk art festival every year. There are several Memorials to see, and an operating Blacksmiths shop with a micro rum distillery, producing some great tasting products, and the Lunenburg Academy is a must see, it was here that students flying drones in the area discovered the foundation of the original British Fort.
The community of Blue Rocks is just down the road from Lunenburg. For many years a small fishing village, then in the 1940’s it was discovered by artists and photographers. Today it still remains a fishing village, as you drive around the area you will see why it is so popular with tourists. From Blue Rocks we travel around Second Peninsula towards Mahone Bay.
Founded in 1754 and settled by mostly German people, Mahone Bay residents over the years included Pirates, Privateers, Military Captains, and Rum Runners, to name a few. For the past few decades, tourism and small business has been the mainstay of the town. Famous for its three churches, plenty of activities for young and old, a harbor full of pleasure craft, and lots of unique shops. Stop, enjoy the fresh air and take a stroll.
From Mahone Bay we travel through some small communities, and pass by Oak Island, believed by many to have a treasure buried there. Since 1795 treasure seekers from near and far have tried and failed to find anything of value. Six men have lost their lives searching, and the story told is that a seventh man will die before the treasure is found.
The town of Chester is your next stop. A charming town founded in 1759, has an interesting history and some beautiful homes and waterfront. Your driver/tour guide will show you around and as you drive through the town you will see why it is not only a nice place to visit, but why it has become a retirement community for many people.
The Aspotogan Peninsula separates Mahone Bay from St. Margarets Bay. There are spectacular water views, beeches, and fishing communities throughout for you to see. You will have plenty of chances to stop for pictures and stroll the beaches if you wish. We proceed through, the communities of Hubbards and Queensland, where one of our finest beaches in this area, is located. As we travel along the Head of St. Margarets Bay towards Halifax, stops in the city are possible.
Once in Halifax, as long as time permits, your driver/tour guide can take you to your choice of The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Alexander Keiths Brewery, or the Museum of Natural History. The Maritime Museum is less than 10 minute walk along the Harbour Boardwalk to the new Seaport Farmers Market and Pier 21 is almost next door.
Other stops on this tour will include Trot In Time (Old Fashioned Horse Drawn Buggy Ride through Lunenburg) and the Southwestern Railway Museum.
Lunenburg + Mahone Bay + Aspontogan Peninsula 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: Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, Chester, and Aspontogan Peninsula (Minimum 6 Hour Tour). Tour prices does not include meals, museum entrance fees, or buggy rides. Please allow extra time if you wish to stop for a meal, visit a museum or take a buggy ride.
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.