We chose the Hop On Hop Off tour as we have been here before and have done Peggy’s Cove, The Titanic Graveyard, etc. If you stay on the Double Decker Bus and don’t get off at any of the stops, the tour is about 1 ½ hours long. We began Right at Pier 21 and our first stop was to have been Blackrock Beach but we skipped that and moved on down to Point Pleasant Park - nothing but a park to walk through. From there we passed through the South End were there are some pretty pricey houses ($1 million and up). We then passed by St Paul’s Cemetary on our way to Citadel National Historic Site. The Citadel is a large star-shaped masonry built between 1828 and 1856 to defend the city and harbor. There are exhibits and restored rooms that depict the fort’s significance as a key naval station within the British Empire. It took us nearly 1 ½ hours to view the musketry gallery and vaulted rooms.
We had excellent views of Halifax and the harbor from the ramparts. There are interpreters dressed as members of the 78th Highlanders regiment that re-enact military drills. They fire the guns at noon -- we missed that. We didn’t stay for the 50 minute audiovisual presentation: “The Tides of History”.
We got the next bus and rode past the Museum of Natural History and chose to get off at the Public Gardens - takes about 20 minutes walk through them (very beautiful) and then you arrive at the next 2 stops: The Spring Garden shopping district. Not much here -- restaurants, fur shops, clothing, etc. We weren’t interested in shopping so we got the next bus and continued on our journey. We rode past a couple more cemetaries and passed by the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, some historic buildings, the Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery on our way back to the ship.
This tour is run by GreyLine Tours. So it doesn't matter whether you purchase it on the ship or in the terminal. It is the same price. If you wait and purchase it in the terminal, the cost will go on your ship board account.
You can get on and off the bus all day long for the same price.