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Government House

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Government House

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Why not combine our two most popular tours into one? See the sights of the historic port city of Halifax and then take in the famous breathtaking sights of Peggy's Cove.<br><br>Our tour would commence from Pier 21 with its Historic block as the "Ellis Island" of Canada, where more than one million immigrants came through and more than 500,000 left from during WWII.<br><br>From there we will visit St. Paul's Church, the oldest Anglican church in Canada. As well, St. Paul's Church was among some of the buildings that withstood the Great Halifax Explosion of 1917. We will drive on to Fort Needham Hill where a memorial carillon was built for the victims of that explosion. Then we'll be on to Canada's most famous lighthouse.<br><br>Peggy's Cove is one of the most unique, captivating and exhilarating eye-openers in Nova Scotia. The quaint seaside hamlets of Shad Bay, Big Lake, East Dover and West Dover, to mention but a few, are also breathtaking.
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YTCHENG wrote a review Oct 2019
Hong Kong, China15,500 contributions1,175 helpful votes
The Government House is a nicely-built Georgian's style mansion house the residence of the Sovereign's representatives of Nova Scotia since 1805. Free tours are available in summer period but not on a daily basis.
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Date of experience: October 2019
on_the_go_98765 wrote a review Sep 2019
Tucson15,537 contributions1,520 helpful votes
The "people's house" rose to the occasion and extended its hand to aid the "people" during the time of incredible need. This is actually a far cry from how this uppity-up, hoity toity, fancy-pants dream began. Governor of Nova Scotia, John Wentworth, required the construction of a manor more befitting the dignity of his office and his noble birth (and one his wife would actually agree to inhabit). In 1800, his wish was granted and this Georgian lovely (all the style in 1720-1840 England and the colonies) was erected: note the symmetrical windows, hipped roof, etc. It is 210 years old and is the oldest consecutively occupied government residence in North America, rivaling the White House as the oldest official residence. Oh, what money could buy. This beauty hosts a drawing room, dining room, ballroom, suites for the governor, family, and servants, and so much more. Today, it is sometimes (but not always) open for tours. If the sentry boxes outside are closed, it isn't open. While we were there (in September), we saw the American Flag outside the building. Thank you, Halifax, for remembering our 9-11 disaster and tragedy. No strangers are you, to loss and pain and expressions of like-minded sympathy. This American appreciates your kind expression. Halifax, you raised the bar!
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Date of experience: September 2019
L2138MWamandar wrote a review Sep 2019
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania70 contributions15 helpful votes
We were here for a very short time deciding not to invest part of our day on dry historical exploration. It was a beautiful day and out we went.
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Date of experience: October 2018
Blair H wrote a review Aug 2019
Nova Scotia, Canada62 contributions17 helpful votes
This mansion is a huge part of our Nova Scotian history. The only drawback on my latest visit was that the particular guide we had didn't seem very knowledgable about many things inside of the house. She kept saying: "but we don't know where that came from...or what that's for..." I was there a few years ago and the guide then was able to tell us a lot more. I almost felt I could've given a better commentary.
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Date of experience: August 2019
dramagal03 wrote a review Aug 2019
carleton place141 contributions48 helpful votes
If you are lucky enough to get inside this building, you will find beautiful artifacts and exquisite furnishings. I was reminded of being in the stately houses in England.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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