The Port of Halifax Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 4.7 km / 2.92 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you 3 hours to complete, and end near the start location.
This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of NORMAL. The ideal group size is between 2 and 6 – but is not restricted to this. Children are welcome and will enjoy most of the challenges.
Click here for the Port of Halifax tourist scavenger hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and city history. You will also find here the complete list of locations on the itinerary.
What You’ll See
- Theodore Tugboat
- Queen’s Landing
- Halifax Public Gardens
- Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel
- Burke Gaffney Observatory
- Point Pleasant Park
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
- Halifax Citadel (exterior perimeter only)
- City Center Atlantic
- Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica
- HMCS Sackville
- Discovery Center
- And much more!
After purchase, to begin your hunt, you will need to head to the Port of Halifax Terminal, at 1215 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P8. This is the start location.
Once there, stand outside and log in to this website and begin your hunt, or go to My Account and follow the instructions.
Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia. In fact, the Citadel on the Hill dominates the city, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There are 2 major universities here: Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University.
Halifax is on the ancestral lands of the Mi’kmaq, one of Canada’s first nations. They were there, mainly for fishing, well before the arrival of Europeans.
Initially, the first colony settled on the peninsula near the current port. The city of Halifax, founded in 1749, honors the 2nd Earl of Halifax with its name. This led to the transfer of the colony’s capital here from Annapolis Royal.
The founding of the city started Father Le Loutre’s war because this colony broke the pact agreed with the Mi’kmaq in 1726. 13 ships of settlers and one sloop of war arrived simultaneously to establish and defend the colony.
Fortifications (the Citadel, among others) were erected to defend the new colony from the Mi’kmaq, Acadians, and French. Other forts were established in Sackville, Dartmouth, and Lawrencetown.
Disaster struck the city in 1917, during the Great War, as two ships, including one carrying munitions, collided very close to the port. The explosion devastated the Richmond district, killing 2,000 people and injuring 9,000 others.