Useful information and frequently asked questions for visitors coming 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.
Q. What is the weather like in Halifax?
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. Is there a fee to enter Nova Scotia or Canada?
A: Effective March 15, 2016, some travellers may need to fill out an eTA - electronic travel authorization - before boarding a flight to Canada. To complete your application for an eTA, you will need your passport, a credit card and an email address. An eTA costs $7 CAD and is valid for up to five years. Click here for a video tutorial or click here to complete an eTA application.
Q. What are the custom and immigration regulations in Halifax?
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.
Q. What is the currency in Halifax?
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. What debit and credit cards are accepted in Halifax?
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. Where are the public washrooms in downtown Halifax?
A. Click here for a list of public washrooms on the Halifax waterfront.
Q. What are the sales tax and rebates in 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.
Q. What languages are spoken in Halifax?
A. Both of Canada's official languages - English and French - are spoken throughout Nova Scotia.
Q. What is the area code in Halifax?
A. The area code 1-902 must be dialed for long distance calls into or within Nova Scotia.
Q. What is the time zone in Halifax?
A. The Time Zone for Halifax is Atlantic Time.
Q. What health and medical services are available in Halifax?
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. What is the emergency number in Halifax?
A. Fire, Police, Medical, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) can all be reached by dialing 911.
Q. What are Nova Scotia’s public holidays in 2016?
A. New Year's Day - January 1, 2016
Nova Scotia Heritage Day - February 15, 2016
Good Friday - March 25, 2016
Easter Monday - March 28, 2016
Canada Day - July 1, 2016
Labour Day - September 5, 2016
Thanksgiving - October 10, 2016
Christmas Day - December 25, 2016
Q. Where can I find free Wi-Fi in Halifax?
A. Free Wifi is available 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. Who are the popular mobile/cell network carriers in Halifax?
A. Cellular and mobile devices are popular in Nova Scotia. There are several major mobile service providers including Bell, Rogers Wireless, Eastlink, Telus Mobility, and Virgin Mobile.