Posted October 3rd, 2011, 07:49 PM
My wife who uses a wheelchair or scooter due to limited mobility and I are going on a Carnival Canada Cruise next June. Can anyone recommend any tour providers with a lift van in both Halifax and St. John?
The cruise line generally has a w/c accessible tour in both ports -- Saint John of just the town, the water tide, and ends at the market. And in Halifax something very general as well. Not overly interesting.
In Saint John you can get to the Market via the pedway -- indoor system of skywalks, etc., made for inclement weather -- the w/c accessible elevators are all there -- all the way to the market -- kind of fun to find them and navigate this -- sort of an adventure. In Saint John, the entrance is right at the square -- on the side street - clearly marked and there are elevators at every level -- ask -- it's a friendly town. Lots of small stores, eateries inside -- final destination is the famous Market -- going back is all down hill so you can take the sidewalks back to the ship -- a right after the Market. There is also a nice museum here -- entrance is inside mall area.
In Halifax what the previous writer was referring to was The Harbor Walk -- to the right of the ship. It is flat, some boardwalk, some flat earth -- lots of sights and some small shops -- will lead you to the Maritime Museum (Titanic Exhibit) (approx. 3/4 mile) and a little further, Murphy's Restaurant -- good eatery $$$ inside and out.
Upon speaking to the taxi coordinator outside in Halifax, she informed me that if I asked for a w/c lift taxi, one could be supplied. Taxis are regulated in price -- approx. $45/hr. -- Peggy's Cove/city tour being 3 hours. Downtown is $10 (to museum, casino, shopping). The pink buses are not accessible.
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- Jonathan is a great guide and may be of help to you in Halifax.
In both ports there are lovely vendors right at the port. In addition, the Immigration Museum -- called Pier 21 (Halifax) is accessible and right where the ship docks at Pier 21 -- not a true museum in my book, but wonderful and interesting to all.
As a scooter user, I love these ports -- getting a cab or person to drive you outside of area to Valley (wineries) or to Lunenburg is wonderful -- but if not there is enough to suffice on one's own. Citadel is another interesting idea -- but hill is not great with the scooter -- taxi ride would be $10. Do some research and you'll be all set. Vicki