Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Anchor Tours provides guided tours and cruise ship excursions to popular locations such as Halifax, Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg, Oak Island, Mahone Bay, Annapolis Valley, and The Bay of Fundy. We specialize in small intimate group tours for a more unique and personal Nova Scotia experience. Learn about our heritage and enjoy what our maritime culture has to offer. On your journey, savour delicious fresh local seafood and specialty treats.
Anchor Tours will pick you up at your downtown Halifax hotel, cruise ship terminal, or agreed upon meeting point prior to starting the tour. Your tour begins as you depart Halifax at 9:00 AM and travel to the picturesque Town of Lunenburg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Founded in 1753 by Halifax Governor, Edward Cornwallis, Lunenburg is one of the most accurate surviving examples of a British Colonial Era town. The “Old Town” of Lunenburg is well known for its rich history in ship building and involvement in the fishing industry.
Arriving in Lunenburg, you will spend approximately 2:30 hours there.
You can participate in a walking tour of Lunenburg hosted by Anchor Tours. Lasting approximately an hour, you will explore the streets of Lunenburg, seeing and learning about the many historical landmarks in the town. You will feel as though you are stepping back in time as you see beautifully restored homes and civic buildings that are meticulously kept and maintained.
The walking tour is optional and at no extra charge.
Afterwards, take some time on your own and walk Lunenburg’s working waterfront. See how the area’s traditional ship building and fisheries industries have survived to this day. If in port, perhaps you will have an opportunity to see the pride of Lunenburg, the world famous Bluenose II schooner. If you wish, you can even take some time to visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.
From Lunenburg, you then travel to the nearby Town of Mahone Bay. Founded in 1754, It shares a common history with Lunenburg, with many older homes surviving from the town’s earliest days. Today, Mahone Bay is a vibrant and growing community that enthusiastically hosts many festivals and events throughout the year that are popular with local people and visitors alike.
You will spend 1:00 hour in Mahone Bay. You can walk the town enjoying the views, take a stroll on the waterfront, visit nearby churches, or do some shopping.
Continuing along, the tour makes its final stop at Oak Island. For over 200 years, tales of hidden treasure reportedly buried by notorious pirate, Captain Kidd, have inspired many to excavate the island in search of gold and silver.
Despite the extraordinary efforts of those treasure hunters who have come to Oak Island, all have been unsuccessful. Tragically, six people have lost their lives over the years. Local legend has it that seven people must die before the island gives up its treasure.
Now, the site of the History Channel’s hit TV show, “The Curse of Oak Island”, the mystery continues as new excavation efforts have resumed.
Oak Island is privately owned and access to it is tightly controlled by its owners. However, there is an interpretive center open to the public and you will have the opportunity to visit it and to learn more about this small little island that has captivated millions of people for centuries.
At the end of your tour, you will depart Oak Island and return to Halifax to be dropped off at your hotel or cruise ship terminal by approximately 4:00 PM.
Pickup time: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Tour start time: 9:00 AM
Tour end time: 4:00 PM (approximate)