Cruise Halifax Harbor in a magnificent tall ship, enjoying spectacular views and the rare experience of sailing a traditionally rigged, twin-masted wooden ship.
It's a short walk from the pier to the Mar, an extraordinary, 75-foot tall ship. Once aboard, you'll receive a safety briefing, put up the sails and then begin your sail around Halifax harbor. This beautiful harbor is the world's second largest natural harbor (the largest being in Sydney, Australia) and home to America's oldest yacht club, Northwest Arm. The Mar, which means "sea" in Spanish, has quite a history herself.
The ship, which has twice circumnavigated the world, was built in Denmark for author Ernest K. Gann, and then sold to Charles Tobias, the founder of Pusser's Rum. Now docked in Halifax, the ship offers harbor tours with a historic flair. If you please, you can help hoist the sails and steer the ship. Or if you prefer, just sit back and enjoy the experience while the crew sails the Mar. They'll even fire her cannon to give you a sense of life at sea in the days of the original tall ships.
The harbor views are simply outstanding in every direction and include historic homes and Canada's east coast naval base. The harbor is also known as the site of the Halifax Explosion of 1917, the world's largest manmade explosion before the atomic bomb was dropped. The massive explosion was caused by two ships colliding; one carrying munitions, and the resulting blast nearly leveled the entire city.
Returning to the dock, the sails will be lowered and you will disembark the ship. Then it's your choice to either walk back to the ship, or stay behind and do some exploring on your own.
Please note: There is a limited amount of walking on this tour and your time aboard the sailing vessel is mostly seated. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair (non-motorized), are able to make their own way on and off the vessel, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Individuals who suffer from motion sickness are advised to take necessary precautions prior to boarding the vessel. Weather appropriate clothing which should include a light sweater or jacket; an umbrella; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. High heels are not permitted. In the event the Mar is unavailable, it will be substituted with another comparable tall ship.