This entry is about the Harbour Hopper. It is an amphibious vehicle that travels throughout the downtown. They charge a healthy fee to transport (mostly) tourists around the city and misinform them as to our history. I can't expect people who work for these tourist outlets to be experts in history, but it would be nice if they didn't always get things wrong.
Welcome to the sixth edition of Things In Halifax That Just Don't Make Sense (TIHTJDMS). This occasional series, as I have explained before, discusses things in the city of Halifax that might at first glance appear to be interesting. Upon reflection, however, it doesn't make any kind of sense.
As a driver, the last thing I want is for my car to be in front of a Harbour Hopper vehicle. I have seen on more than once occasion one of these vehicles slam into an unsuspecting driver in traffic. This is because the front end of the vehicle is up and off the ground, overlapping the rest of the Harbour Hopper. The result is that a driver can easily not see how close he is to a car in front of him. He can literally be on top of the next car, while the rest of the HH hasn't touched it yet. I wonder how much insurance the company that owns the HH's, pays.
I mentioned it is an amphibious vehicle. The denouement of a tour on the HH is when the vehicle enters the Halifax harbour. It just drives right on in. This wouldn't be so bad, but these days, the harbour's sewage issues are as bad as they have ever been. I can't imagine a tourist is very impressed navigating that close to the water and being able to see "floatables" like turds, tampon applicators, and condoms, so close they could reach out and touch them. There's probably a fetish for that kind of interest, but I don't want to know about it.
Let's see here. The vehicles are butt ugly. The drivers slam into other vehicles. The tour guides are woefully misinformed about Halifax history. And the HH navigates through shit-infested water. Yep. I want to spend $35 doing that!
Face it, my friends: The Harbour Hopper just doesn't make sense.
Next: A hold over from the G-7 conference that nobody uses.