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Halifax, NS Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 24
Total Sleeping Rooms 3,412
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 352
Committable Meeting Rooms* 19
Largest Exhibit Space 40,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate CAD $204
Average Daily Meal Cost CAD $124
Average Weekly Car Rental CAD $221
*Maximum for a single hotel

Halifax, NS Meeting Planning Overview

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.

About Halifax, NS / Additional Info

A vibrant, welcoming city rich in culture and maritime history, Halifax is a unique blend of modern living and historic charm, right down to its soaring glass office buildings located next to centuries-old structures. The city's downtown and waterfront areas are lined with colorful bistros and outdoor patios.

The city's history is centered on its beautiful harbor. Halifax was founded in 1749 as a British garrison town, thanks to its harborfront location and large hill overlooking its surroundings, and served as a strategic port during World War II. Today, the modern city still retains elements of a Colonial feel, right down to cobblestone streets; as well as new modern amenities that include an enclosed pedway system that spans much of the city core. There's much to explore in Halifax, including more than 70 restaurants and bars located within an 11-block radius of downtown, plus many dining options within close proximity to the downtown core. Beyond its urban excitement, Halifax and Nova Scotia offer a variety of year-round outdoor recreation activities throughout its rugged landscape and coastline. No area of the province is more than 33 miles from the sea, making it easy to kayak, sail and surf, as well as rock climb, snowshoe, ski, hike and golf. The adventurous can take advantage of tidal bore rafting, made possible by the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy.

Many of the area's attractions celebrate Nova Scotia's history, natural beauty and waterfront setting. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, for example, was completed in 1856 as a unique system of harbor defenses. Visitors can step back in time to its mid-Victorian era and explore such restored spaces as soldier barracks, guard room, schoolroom and underground magazine. Visitors can immerse themselves in 1860s Halifax while touring Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery. Led by actors in period costume, brewery tours welcome visitors to learn about one of North America's oldest breweries, as well as enjoy its popular brews.

Beyond its local brews, Halifax is also home to a number of award-winning wineries and a variety of restaurants that serve fresh-caught Nova Scotia seafood. Chives Canadian Bistro incorporates elements of the Canadian landscape in its warm, cozy setting, which serves as the perfect backdrop to entrees made with local and seasonal ingredients. Saege Bistro is a popular eatery that brings the outside in, thanks to its stone fireplace solarium, trickling waterfall and creative cuisine. The Five Fishermen Restaurant and Grill, located next to the World Trade & Convention Centre, welcomes visitors to dine on delicious seafood in an 1816-built structure. Once operating as a speakeasy, Ryan Duffy's Steak and Seafood is known for its sumptuous fare, accented with herbs and honey from its rooftop garden, while the historic waterfront eatery da Maurizio specializes in fine Italian cuisine.

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