Arts & Culture Tour

Port: Halifax

 

 

 

Capital City Arts & Culture tour 

 

 

We’ll depart your hotel or the cruise dock and travel down the Halifax water front past Historic Properties (also known as Privateers' Wharf) warehouses on the Halifax Boardwalk that began to be constructed during the Napoleonic Wars by Nova Scotian businessmen such as Enos Collins, a privateer, smuggler and shipper whose vessels defied Napoleon's blockade to bring American supplies to the British commander Duke of Wellington. 

 

 

These properties helped make Halifax prosperous in Canada's early days by aiding trade and commerce, but they were also frequently used as vehicles for smuggling and privateering. During the War of 1812, two of the most successful Nova Scotian privateer ships during this time period were the Liverpool Packet and the Sir John Sherbrooke. 

 

Folk singer Stan Rogers made the Privateers Wharf famous in his songs "Barrett's Privateers" and "Bluenose". The Pontac House is named for the renowned Great Pontack (Halifax), which was located there just after the founding of Halifax. 

 

We’ll stop at Anna Leonowens Gallery. Named after NSCAD University's feisty Victorian founder, the Anna Leonowens Gallery (ALG) is a public exhibition space offering emerging artists hands-on exhibits. 

 

Leaving the gallery travel through the down town core to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the gallery was founded in 1908 as the Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts. It was renamed in 1975 as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. In 1988, the gallery moved to the historic Dominion Building, built in 1865, designed by architects David Stirling and William Hay. The gallery expanded in 1998 to include several floors of the Provincial Building located just to the south of Dominion Building. [2] The two structures are separated by Ondaatje Court, a public space that besides being used for temporary exhibitions, contains several large permanent sculptures. Underneath the courtyard is a large underground exhibition room which connects the two buildings

 

No visit to the gallery would be complete without taking in the superb Maude Lewis collection

 

Next, we’ll travel through historic Halifax through the hustle and bustle of one of Halifax’s major commercial and cultural sectors Spring Garden road.

 

Spring Garden Road, once adorned with street cars and tracks is now home to a number of pubs, coffee shops and boutiques, making it busy both day and night. On Spring Garden one can also find the Main Branch of Halifax Public Libraries, the Halifax Provincial Court, the school of architecture and the Sexton Campus of Dalhousie University (the former Technical University of Nova Scotia), the Halifax Public Gardens, and St. Mary's Basilica. The area is also in proximity to the Citadel and the Scotiabank Centre, and several major hotels are located nearby. 

 

Spring Garden Road has been the site of several significant events and has undergone many changes over the centuries, transitioning from a pasture outside the town walls of 18th century Halifax to a vibrant, mixed-use neighbourhood today.

 

Time permitting and if you wish we can stop for a paced walk through the Halifax Public Gardens; a Victorian era public gardens formally established in 1867, the year of Canadian Confederation. The gardens are located in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia on the Halifax Peninsula near the popular shopping district of Spring Garden Road and opposite Victoria Park. The gardens were designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984.

 

At your discretion we will stop for lunch in the city, with over 60 sidewalk cafes that open in the summer months and many many more restaurants and pubs I’m sure there is something to peak your appetite. Just let your driver/guide know what fare you prefer and we’ll have suggestions for any budget.

 

Next, we journey to the Museum of Natural history; The journey to this permanent location encompasses many stops and identities along the way: from its rooms in the Post Office Building in 1868 as the Provincial Museum; quarters at the Burns & Murray Building on Hollis St in 1898; to a section of the Nova Scotia Technical College Building on Spring Garden Rd in 1910, and a name change to the Nova Scotia Museum of Science in 1947

This building houses not only the Museum of Natural History, but also the staff and administrative offices of the Nova Scotia Museum and the province's Heritage Department.

The Museum of Natural History, as it's known now, is responsible for the collecting and recording of artifacts of cultural significance to Nova Scotia as well as promoting Nova Scotia's natural landscape. Here at the Museum we house collections on Archeology, Ethnology, Mammals, Marine life and more.

 

Leaving the museum, we’ll take a short drive to Citadel Hill or Fort George as it was originally named for a 360-degree view of our beloved city before heading to argyle street which is actually painted like the sweaters and socks of the same name and taking in an afternoon play at Neptune Theatre a staple and Long-time performing arts venue with 2 stages for a variety of plays & musicals.

 

For Cruise clients an afternoon performance & hotel guests .. an evening play.

 

 

After we’ll take you back to your hotel or cruise dock with new insight on the arts and culture of Halifax.

 

 

 

·     Depending on the day of the tour NSCAD as well as other organizations hold plays in our city’s municipal parks as well as various seasonal festivals throughout the city, We will alert you to any planned for your touring day upon booking.

 

 

 

 

 

This Private Pre-Booked excursion tour is fully narrated by your guide and will take an estimated 7.0 hours (+/-) to complete.

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