If you want to combine transportation with narration, Ambassatours Gray Line runs coach tours throughout Halifax, including ones aboard double-decker buses, as well as to outlying communities like Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg. Nearly every local cab company also provides customized driving tours.
Boat tours are popular, with the broadest selection being offered by Murphy's Cable Wharf. The company sails various vessels from mid-May to late October, among them a 23-meter (75-foot) ketch and a Mississippi-style sternwheeler. Murphy’s even has an amphibious Harbour Hopper for those who want to tour by land and water. If you’re traveling with kids, try a Big Harbour tour aboard Theodore Tugboat. Theodore is a seafaring version of Thomas the Tank Engine, and even children unfamiliar with the Canadian character will get a kick out of the tugboat’s broad grin and bright red cap. A basic one-hour tour of Halifax Harbour costs about C$18. An affordable alternative to a Murphy's tour is to take the Metro Transit Commuter Ferry from the boardwalk terminal at Lower Water Street across the harbor to downtown Dartmouth. Inaugurated in 1752, it's North America’s oldest saltwater ferry service and, at C$2.50 for a 20-minute ride, a real deal. Dartmouth—once Halifax’s "Twin City" and now part of the HRM—is straight across the harbor and accessible from Halifax proper by passenger ferry or by car via the Angus L. Macdonald and A. Murray MacKay bridges. Motorists can avoid bridge traffic by taking a land route that loops around the Bedford Basin.