The cultural hub of Atlantic Canada, Halifax features the perfect blend of cosmopolitan energy with the rural charm of a coastal village. Known for its maritime setting, Halifax is located along Halifax Harbour, the second-largest natural harbor in the world. As both the capital city and largest city in Nova Scotia, Halifax is a top leisure and business travel destination, bursting with unique venues and a variety of pre- and post-conference activities and home to the World Trade & Convention Centre.
Groups can easily access Halifax via Halifax Stanfield International Airport, which is located geographically closer to Boston and New York than any other major Canadian city. Serving as Atlantic Canada's center for domestic, regional and international flights, Halifax Stanfield International welcomes more than 3.5 million passengers each year and 1,380 weekly flights (peak arrivals and departures). Halifax Stanfield International is the only airport in Atlantic Canada to offer Canada customs services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as well as U.S. pre-clearance. Passengers can reach the airport via direct flights from most Canadian cities, as well as such major U.S. cities as New York, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago and Atlanta. Once in Halifax, visitors can utilize public transportation options, including Metro Transit bus system and Halifax Harbour ferry service that connects downtown Halifax to Dartmouth at Alderney Landing and Woodside.
As one of the world's most diverse maritime cities, much of Halifax's energy and entertainment is found along its waterfront and surrounding area. Located in the heart of downtown, just blocks from the waterfront and featuring beautiful Halifax Harbour views, the sprawling World Trade & Convention Centre features 100,000 total square feet of meeting and event space. The center can accommodate up to 3,000 guests throughout its three floors of versatile space. The center is connected to the convenient Downtown Halifax Link pedway, which provides direct access to more than 1,000 4 Diamond guest rooms and a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options.
Thanks to its downtown location near the waterfront, the World Trade and Convention Centre is located just steps from a variety of unique venues and pre- and post-meeting group activities. Perched along the waterfront, the popular Maritime Museum of the Atlantic explores and showcases Nova Scotia history, from exhibits on local small craft to Halifax's connection to the Titanic. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic features private rental space in its small craft gallery and meeting room, complete with front row Halifax Harbour views. A second unique venue located along the waterfront, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is a National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants from 1928 to 1971. Today, the Museum celebrates the area's cultural diversity, heritage and identity and hosts more than 200 private events each year throughout its galleries, theater and pavilion spaces. Located just a short distance away at Pier 23 is the Cunard Centre, a waterfront cargo shed renovated into a large multi-purpose, year-round event center. With 53,000 square feet of column-free space, this venue boasts one of the largest capabilities for events in Halifax.
Additional Halifax unique venues include the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, which is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada and is within walking distance of the waterfront. Groups also frequent the state-of-the-art Neptune Theatre, which, as Atlantic Canada's largest professional regional theater, presents a broad range of theatrical performances each year and welcomes private groups to utilize its 479-seat Fountain Hall and 200-seat Studio Theatre (as well as boardroom, rehearsal hall and lobby space). Groups may also gather at the city's Museum of Natural History; in addition to hosting a variety of exhibits on Nova Scotia's land and sea, the Museum features a variety of private rental options, including gallery spaces, an auditorium, boardroom and outdoor space. Groups looking for a heritage-inspired experience will enjoy Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, centrally located in the heart of downtown Halifax. Steeped in history and complimented by modern day conveniences, Halifax Citadel NHS creates the perfect backdrop for a wide range of events with both indoor and outdoor venue options.