Information & Facts
It's position on the coast ensures that Halifax experiences less
extremes in its climate compared to inland Nova Scotia. Spring
arrives in April, marred by rain and fog, but as summer moves in
conditions warm up and balmy ocean breezes blow the damp away.
Autumn is a beautiful season, the days warm, nights cool, and the
foliage taking on spectacular hues. Winters are cold and wet, with
both rain and snow.
Central Halifax can be covered on foot, but those who want to
explore further afield (and there is plenty to see!) are advised to
hire a car. Metro Transit does provide a bus service in the city
and to surrounding areas and runs passenger ferries from the
terminal at Lower Water Street to Dartmouth. Free transfers are
available from the ferry to the buses. Cabs can be hailed in the
downtown area, and there are taxi ranks at the main hotels and
The official languages are English and French
(predominantly in Quebec).
The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided
into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to
the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar
coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and
travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be
as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are
plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud,
larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian
Canada covers six time zones, from GMT 8 in the west to GMT
-3.5 in the east.