Happy 114th! from the harbour

Four ways to get on the water to see the Natal Day fireworks from the harbour

Halifax has been all about its pyrotechnic displays this year (Canada Day, McCartney, KISS, tall ships festival), so for Natal Day's fireworks bonanza you may want to spice up your viewing platform. "I'm on a Boat" jokes aside, watching Saturday's show from a T-Pain-free boat gives the best view of any bridge-based show. Here are a few options---from full-out service to a simple ferry ride---to float your, um, boat. –Holly Gordon

The Tall Ship Silva

Halifax Waterfront, $20 for adults, $10 for kids

This cargo ship-turned-tall ship is hosting a fireworks cruise Saturday from 8:30-10:30pm. The on-board pub will be open, and the spacious deck will serve as your theatre for the show.

New Dawn Charters

Cable Wharf, Halifax Waterfront, $15 plus tax

"We set our boat up in the middle of the harbour, so people get the best view of the fireworks," says Andrea MacDonald, owner of New Dawn Charters. Enough said, really. The boat leaves at 9pm for the 90-minute tour. There aren't drinks or food provided, though, so feel free to bring your own.

Murphy's on the Water

Halifax Waterfront, $19.99

Murphy's has a school of boats setting out for the show, so take your pick: the Mar, the Haligonian III, the Harbour Hopper, the Summer Bay and the Peggys Cove Express (the Harbour Queen is sold out already). All boats leave at 9:30pm.

Halifax-Dartmouth Ferry

Halifax Waterfront, by Murphy's on the Water, $2.25

This guy is only two bucks and 25 cents. No joke. You can grab one on the Halifax side at 9:45pm, which gets you to Dartmouth just before 10pm. Stay on board (don't forget to ask for that transfer!) for the ride back at 10pm, and enjoy the show!

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