Halifax Visitor Information
Welcome to Halifax
As one of North America’s oldest and most picturesque seaports, Halifax is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Halifax is the capital and commercial centre of Nova Scotia, one of the four provinces of Atlantic Canada.
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Halifax is a non-stop flight from the connecting hubs of Boston, Newark, New York, Detroit, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and London. There’s only one airport, Stanfield International Airport (YHZ). And you can check on this special website for flight deals in and out of Halifax – they go quickly, so check often!
The Halifax International Airport is located 30 minutes from downtown Halifax.
A curbside one-way taxi trip from the Halifax Airport to Halifax city centre is approximately C$63.
A Sunshine Share-A-Cab offers reasonable advance booking rates. For more information, their North American toll free number is 1-800-565-8669 or 902 429-5555.
Halifax Metro Transit – bus service to the airport, as well as local bus service within the city.
Metro Transit operates its MetroX bus service from downtown to Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
A passport is required for entry into Canada. If you require a visa to enter Canada, please email us so that we can supply a letter of verification.
Bank or debit cards are widely accepted at ATM bank machines, restaurants, and stores. (Your card should have the Cirrus or Plus logo on it to be compatible.) You should plan to bring Canadian cash or obtain it with your bank card upon arrival. Not all establishments accept American cash, and those that do, particularly restaurants, often use a low exchange rate. Credit cards usually give preferred exchange rates on purchases.
You can purchase long-distance phone cards at newsstands and drugstores throughout the city.
The following locations are within reasonable distance from the Shambhala Centre and represent a range of prices.
The Lord Nelson Hotel, a Halifax landmark, is located directly across from the Public Gardens, and is around the corner from bustling Spring Garden Road with its many shops and restaurants.
1515 South Park Street
The Westin Nova Scotian, adjacent to the train and bus stations and across from the Seaport Market and Pier 21 Museum, is in a beautiful historic building with a commanding view of Halifax Harbour.
The Atlantica Hotel Halifax is conveniently located near downtown Halifax.
1980 Robie Street Halifax NS B3H 3G5
Direct: 902-423-1161 Facsimile: 902-423-9069
The Residence Inn by Marriott is a new hotel located in the heart of downtown Halifax. The Argyle/Grafton Street area is known for its great selection of restaurants and nightlife. These suites with kitchenettes could be an ideal way for several friends or a family to economize. High speed internet and continental breakfast included.
1599 Grafton Street, at the corner of Sackville Street
The Cambridge Suites Hotel is conveniently located close to the many amenities of Spring Garden Road and the downtown area. Studio suites with a queen-size bed, a pullout sofa in the living room area, kitchenette, and desk area High-speed internet and continental breakfast included.
1583 Brunswick Street
The Garden Inn is a restored Victorian home located just minutes from Canada’s only surviving authentic Victorian park, The Public Gardens. It is close to the shops, restaurants, and cafés of downtown Halifax.
1263 South Park Street
Telephone – (902) 492 8577
Toll Free – (877) 414 8577
Fax – (902) 492 1462
The Halifax Heritage House hostel is very well situated in downtown Halifax. Large common-use kitchen. Internet facilities. Private rooms $C50 single, C$7 per additional occupant; four-bed dormitory C$25; 6–8 bed dormitory C$24.
1253 Barrington Street
Family Focus Medical Clinic
5991 Spring Garden Rd. (main floor, Robie Professional Centre)
Mon-Fri 8:30am – 9pm
Sat-Sun 11am – 5pm
Canadian residents pay up front and are reimbursed by their provincial health plan. Visitors to Canada pay $60.