Useful information for visitors to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Visit our Halifax Travel Information page for information regarding transportation to and from Halifax and our Halifax International Airport.
Visit our Local Transportation page for information about renting a car to calling a local taxi cab.
A. Halifax has a temperate climate. Summer temperatures range from daytime highs of 20-25°C (68-77°F) to evening lows of 10-14°C (50-57°F). Check current Halifax weather conditions.
Q. Customs and Immigration
A. Immigration Regulations - American citizens (or permanent residents) entering Canada require valid passports. Visitors from a country other than the United States must carry a valid passport and, in certain cases, a visa to be eligible to enter Canada. All entrants must fill out a declaration for Canada Customs. Visit Canadian Border Services for more information.
A. You can exchange your currency for Canadian dollars at authorized currency exchange counters in Halifax and at the airport. You can also exchange currency at banks and financial institutions across Nova Scotia. To approximately calculate your exchange rate, try the Bank of Canada Daily Currency Converter.
Q. Debit & Credit Cards
A. The majority of businesses throughout Nova Scotia accept major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Debit (bank) cards are also readily used (Interac, Plus and Cirrus networks). Credit and debit card charges will appear on the purchaser's statement, converted to the home currency.
Q. Sales Tax & Rebates for Nova Scotia
A. The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is applied at a single rate of 15% to a base of goods and services. Visitors may be entitled to claim a rebate of the HST paid. For rebate forms and more details, visit Canada Revenue Agency.
Hotels in Halifax charge a Hotel Levy of 2% on room rates to assist in marketing of Halifax as a business and leisure destination.
A. Both of Canada's official languages - English and French - are spoken throughout Nova Scotia.
Q. Area Code
A. The area code 1-902 must be dialed for long distance calls into or within Nova Scotia.
A. The Time Zone for Halifax is Atlantic Time.
Q. Health / Medical Services
A. Visitors to Canada are strongly urged to obtain health insurance before leaving their home country. Canadian hospital and medical services are excellent, but a hospital stay can be costly without adequate insurance coverage. Visitors taking prescribed medications are advised to take a copy of the prescription should it need to be renewed during the trip.
Q. Emergency Number
A. Fire, Police, Medical, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) can all be reached by dialing 911.
Q. Public Holidays 2014
A. New Year's Day - January 1, 2014
Good Friday - April 18, 2014
Easter Monday - April 21, 2014
Canada Day - July 1, 2014
Labour Day - September 1, 2014
Thanksgiving - October 13, 2014
Christmas Day - December 25, 2014
Q. Internet/WiFi Access
A. Free Wifi is available at the Halifax Regional Library and at the Halifax International Airport. In Halifax you will find that most coffee shops, libraries, cafés, and hotels offer Wifi Internet access to patrons.
Q. Mobile/Cell Network Carriers
A. Cellular and mobile devices are popular in Nova Scotia. There are several major mobile service providers including Bell Aliant, Rogers Wireless, Eastlink, Telus Mobility, and Virgin Mobile.