About Us


Welcome to DOWN EAST TOURS ! We offer Private Guiding Services to allow you to explore and experience the Best of Nova Scotia and the Maritimes. We will show you all the ‘must see’ sights and allow you to explore many of the Hidden Gems that others miss.

Down East Tours is based out of the Halifax area in Nova Scotia. We offer Shore Excursions for Cruise Guests ensuring you will be back in plenty of time before departure. Pickup is also available from Hotel, Train Station and we can arrange other pick up locations based on your specific needs. All of our tours are customizable and we also offer long day tours of 8 hours+ as well as multi-day trips to areas such are Cape Breton and all areas of Nova Scotia.

Mel Zilkowsky (owner/operator) is a Nationally Certified Tour Professional, Certified by the Tourism Council of Canada and has been guiding since 2013. Based out of Eastern Passage (Halifax), Nova Scotia, Mel has guided many guests from all over the world and loves meeting new people.

The majority of our tours are 5 – 6 hours and take you to our most popular sites such as Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg, Annapolis Valley and Fisherman’s Cove. In 2017 we added a new tour to Oak Island ! (History Channel – The Curse of Oak Island) .

Experience what others miss as well as enjoy the locals, the food and the drinks. We often run into people who love to chat about their way of life. There are many great food choices from locally caught fish & chips, fresh salads made from locally grown foods to our famous Nova Scotia Lobster and Seafood Chowders. Additionally, there are plenty of choices of locally made beverages, such as amazing wines, tasty ciders, craft beer and distilled rum, vodka and liquors.

Most tours start in the morning with mid/late afternoon tours available. Please contact us for most up to date information. We are actively taking bookings for the 2020 season and do sell out, specifically during the high cruise ship season. Don't be disappointed, BOOK EARLY ! Pricing is hourly based at $70/hr + tax for the Vehicle (not per person).  Our vehicle is a very well equipped and very comfortable 2018 Dodge Durango GT with seating for up to 6 passengers. Some key features include Air Conditioning (w/Venting for 2nd & 3rd Rows), Sunroof, Leather Seating, Heated Front & Second Row Seats, Lots of Head & Leg Room, USB Outlets for charging your smart devices and Free On Board WiFi to allow you to stay in touch with family/work.

The vehicle is commercially inspected and licensed as per the requirements of the Motor Carrier Licensing & the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. All required commercial and liability insurance is in place.

Please contact us with any questions that you may have. We look forward to helping you start to plan your adventure!

1-902-222-2934