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Old July 5th, 2006, 06:34 PM
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Default Halifax (Free Transportation). St. John & Saint John ??


Here's the link to the free transportation for Downtown Halifax, sometimes they even have a tour guide on board the bus. Best priced
cruising excursion to be found anywhere

http://www.halifax.ca/metrotransit/fred.html

Now to clarify the St. John's/Saint John confusion found here.

In Atlantic Canada we have the two Cities. Saint John (note we don't abbreviate for Saint) is in the province of New Brunswick, it tends to be the Port, besides Halifax, that most of the 4-5 day Cruises out of Boston and New York visit. It's a nice, on the smallish side, Industrial type city. Has a great City Market, maybe 10-15 minute walk from your Ship. The Great thing is you can get there by going through pedways and a couple of Malls.

St. John's is in the province of Newfoundland, you probably won't see it on a 4-5 day cruise out of Boston/New York. On a longer Cruise you might see it, even some Trans-Atlantic Cruises stop over.
I haven't been to St. Johns, but from what I've heard it's more of a Government/Educational type City.

Oh well, since I'm on a roll Halifax is the biggest city of the three.
Large Military/Government presence, numerous Universities (Dalhousieand Saint Mary's the two biggest schools). As I mentioned earlier about the Free Bus service. It goes to all the downtown tourist atractions
Maritime Museum, Citadel Hill, Public Garden, Casino etc. To take you time and visit all the attractions it stops at you would need more than one day. The best part about it it's free and it stops right at your Ship. Here's the map of Freds last year route.

http://www.downtownhalifax.ns.ca/images/Fred%20Map.pdf

Lots of Tours can be booked right on the waterfront, you don't need the transportation that the over priced Ship excursions charge you for.

I you have any questions about Halifax, or Saint John jusk ask. As for St. John's I'm going there later this month and will better prepared to answer questions about it when I get back .

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thanks for the great info . i cant wait to get there in sept and do tours and things on my own. i am going to use fred so i can get to the citedel, the titanic museum and the gardens. plus just seeing everything in the city i have time for. and saint john will be a real treat also.

and you are so right about not having to pay the high prices the ship charges for tours. you can get much better ones by supporting the locals.
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Besides Halifax we love St. John and there is a free shuttle to downtown.. You can transfer and take the bus to the Reversing Falls...and then take the little boat to the tourist center.. Don't forget to walk along the waterfront.. and on the left is a great lobster shack..
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Besides Halifax we love St. John and there is a free shuttle to downtown.. You can transfer and take the bus to the Reversing Falls...and then take the little boat to the tourist center.. Don't forget to walk along the waterfront.. and on the left is a great lobster shack..
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thanks parrot mom. i had forgotten about the free shuttle in halifax. i do not want to book a tour in saint john but just wander around and sightsee, shop and eat. it will be a leisure port for me and i will still enjoy it.
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Mrugman,
Thanks for all the good information and the links to FRED.
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Antron...as far as I know there is NO free transportation in Halifax, but in St. John... If when you get off the ship walk along the boardwalk and you will find yourself right in the middle of Halifax...just walk up the hill...lots and lots of hills.
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Antron...as far as I know there is NO free transportation in Halifax, but in St. John... If when you get off the ship walk along the boardwalk and you will find yourself right in the middle of Halifax...just walk up the hill...lots and lots of hills.
thanks for the heads-up on that
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Default Free Transportation in Halifax = FRED

You didn't read my post, there is a free shuttle through the Downtown in Halifax. Metro Transit provides the service, and they call the Bus "Fred" FRED stands for "Free Ride Downtown Everywhere" It stops right at the Pier
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Default Re: Free Transportation in Halifax = FRED

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You didn't read my post, there is a free shuttle through the Downtown in Halifax. Metro Transit provides the service, and they call the Bus "Fred" FRED stands for "Free Ride Downtown Everywhere" It stops right at the Pier
thanks a bunch. i will use fred when i am in halifax. and the public bus i saint john to get around. it is alot cheaper than a tour i will get alot out of it. i cant wait to get there.
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Antron
Link is to a map of Halifax with FRED route outlined
http://www.downtownhalifax.ns.ca/images/Fred%20Map.pdf
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Link is to a map of Halifax with FRED route outlined
http://www.downtownhalifax.ns.ca/images/Fred%20Map.pdf
thanks scapel, that helps alot.
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