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Halifax – Capital City of Nova Scotia
Caravan Tours offers affordable all inclusive vacations in Canada including a tour of the Canadian Maritime Provinces with a trip to Halifax Nova Scotia, the Province’s capital city.
Originally occupied by the Mi’kmaq People, the French European settlers were the first to establish a colony in Halifax in the early 1600s. Halifax was incorporated as a town in 1749, and then designated a city in 1842.
In 1996 the area was re-established as the Halifax Regional Municipality to include the town of Dartmouth, which is just across the Halifax Harbour. A single tier regional government now oversees the complete area.
The city of Halifax Nova Scotia is steeped in history from the lengthy harbour boardwalk, to Citadel historic park overlooking the port. The locals — known as Haligonians — take pride in their seaworthy heritage.
On December 6, 1917 the infamous Halifax explosion was one of the world’s all-time worst maritime disasters. A French cargo ship carrying high explosives collided with a ship from Norway. The ensuing explosion left nearly 2,000 dead, another 9,000 injured and destroyed buildings up to half a mile away, decimating the Richmond Community.
Today, working tugs and fishing boats tie up next to cruise ships and flamboyant yachts in a poignant representation of east coast hospitality, where the contemporary and the traditional peacefully coexist.
Halifax: Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia
Theatre, art, music, and food have been fundamental to the region since the first settlers set foot on these Nova Scotian shores. There’s a flavourful mix of culinary cuisine, classic east coast entertainment, and thirst-defying beverages at almost at every turn.
The Victorian-era Historic Properties near the Halifax waterfront — restored buildings from the 1700s — house delightful popular restaurants, and a varied collection of craft breweries.
Don’t forget to order lobster! It’s everywhere. Classic lobster dinner, lobster chowder, steamed lobster, lobster rolls, lobster mac and cheese, lobster…mania.
After the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, the victims of the Titanic disaster were taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia because Halifax was the closest city to the disaster.
For the historically curious, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic hosts a collection of Titanic artifacts, and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 exhibit photos and personal artifacts relating to the immigrants who shaped Canada into the cultural blend it is today.
Next to the Immigration Museum is North America’s longest running Farmer’s Market, which has been in operation since 1750! A few blocks away are the Halifax Public Gardens that have been in operation since 1867 and were designated a National Historic site in 1967.
About Caravan Tours
In 1952, Caravan Tours began as a family owned and operated tour company. Now, over 65 years later, we are a second generation family owned Tour Company based out of Chicago IL. Caravan Tours offers affordable, all inclusive fully guided tours throughout the United States and Canada, plus Panama, Guatemala, and Costa Rica in Central America.
Along with a guided tour of Halifax, our Caravan Maritime Provinces tour also includes tours of the three Maritime Provinces including Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick.
For more information or to book a Maritimes tour, call Caravan Tours Toll Free at 1-800-Caravan (227-2826) or:
Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
Excellence Since 1952
You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.
Caravan's Proud History
In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.
Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.
In Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala, Caravan includes all meals. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals.
Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.
Fully Guided by Tour Directors
All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.
Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.
Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.
Great Value, Book Early
Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?
Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
Trade Association Memberships
Caravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).