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Georges Island opens to the public (36 photos)

Most visitors need to book a ticket with Ambassatours Gray Line/Murphy's on the Water to get there, however departures have already sold out

It's a place all Haligonians have seen, but far fewer have visited.

Last week it was announced Georges Island would be opening to the public for five weekends.

Visitors have a chance to explore historic military tunnels and enjoy one of the best views in the Halifax Harbour.

"When people get to the island, there are historical points of interest that we've identified, there are tour guides, people can take a self-guided tour on their own, they can read some of the interpretive signage, and/or just enjoy being on the island looking at the city in the harbour and appreciating an important part of our city's history," said visitor experience manager with Parks Canada, Dave Dave Danskin.

And it appears Georges Island is one of the hottest tickets in town.

Most visitors need to book a ticket with Ambassatours Gray Line/Murphy's on the Water to get there, however departures have already sold out.

Danskin said due to COVID-19, original plans were scaled back. At this point between 230 and 250 people are being allowed on the island each day it is open.

"Due to the need for social distancing and that sort of thing, there's only so many people that can go on the boat at one time, and of course we want people to be safe when they're visiting the island," he explained.

"This is a rather special year. A lot of extra planning had to take place because of this, but we're confident things are now organized well, and people will feel safe and enjoy themselves."

Masks are mandatory on the Harbour Queen I, the boat being used to ferry visitors back and forth. The face coverings are also necessary for anyone going on a tour of the tunnels, where social distancing isn't always possible.

Those with private vessels can head over to Georges Island on their own, but there are a limited number berths where boats can tie up. Those visitors will need to pay an entrance fee upon arrival if they don't have a Parks Canada Discovery Pass.

If you were lucky to get a ticket, there aren't any shops on the island, so bring your own food, water and sunblock. Sturdy footwear is also recommended.

Compost toilets are located near the wharf.

If tickets sold out before you could grab one, feel free to click through the photo album above.


Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana & lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the community editor for HalifaxToday.ca.
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