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Introduction

Expoloring Halifax

Expoloring Halifax

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Halifax is a port city with a lively night scene and, as one of Canada's oldest cities, some beautiful architecture and historical sights, including the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. More information available from the Tourism Nova Scotia's Halifax Guide

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Weather

Halifax has generally warm summers, averaging around 20 °C to 23 °C during the day from June to September, dropping to around 12 °C at night. Winters are cold, between 0 °C (max) and -10 °C. Alltime highs are 37 °C and -27 °C. Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year, between 100 and 120 mm of rain (and snow in winter) a month, on 12 to 17 days a month.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max-1.2 °C-1.1 °C3 °C8.4 °C15 °C20.3 °C23.6 °C23.3 °C18.8 °C12.7 °C6.9 °C1.4 °C
Avg Min-10.7 °C-10.2 °C-5.8 °C-0.5 °C4.5 °C9.6 °C13.5 °C13.5 °C9.3 °C3.8 °C-0.7 °C-7.1 °C
Rainfall149.2 mm114.4 mm134.5 mm118.3 mm109.7 mm98.3 mm102.2 mm92.7 mm103.6 mm128.7 mm146 mm154.8 mm
Rain Days1915.215.714.91412.912.110.410.912.415.418.3

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Getting There

By Plane

The Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport is the Atlantic Canadian hub for all domestic, regional and international services. Scheduled air service into Nova Scotia is available from all major Canadian cities, from all major United States cities through connecting hubs at Boston and New York, and from major European cities through the connecting hub at London (England).

By Bus

Greyhound from New York and Voyageur from Montreal connect with Acadian Lines which serves Atlantic Canada. At Amherst, intra provincial bus lines link most major communities.

By Train

Via Rail Canada provides transcontinental train service; there are stations in Truro and Halifax. Call toll-free 1-888-842-7245.

By Car

Highways from all points in the United States and Canada join the Trans Canada Highway from New Brunswick into Nova Scotia.

By Boat

The Port of Halifax is a large port, and a number of trans-Atlantic and east coast USA ships dock in Halifax. Information on the port can be found from the Port of Halifax Website.

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Getting Around

By Car

Some of the options to rent a car include the following companies:

By Public Transport

Halifax Metro Transit offers bus, BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) and ferry service in the Halifax region. Schedules and route information can be found on their website.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Halifax Backpackers2193 Gottingen StreetHostel76
HI-Halifax, Halifax Heritage House Hostel1253 Barrington Street Barrington StreetHostel80
Bluenose inn and suites Halifax636 Bedford HighwayHostel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet usage is wide-spread in Canada. Wi-fi is available in many locations in larger cities, sometimes free and sometimes at a cost. You will find Wi-Fi in coffee stores, some restaurants and also hotels and motels more and more offer this service for free, but with a code usually. Internet cafes are common along major streets, and and in larger cities, charge between $3 and $4 for an hour, usually in 20-minute increments.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Canada is: 1. To make an international call from Canada, the code is: 011. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 911. This number will give you free access to Police, Fire and Ambulance services and can be used from landlines, phone booths and cell phones.

The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never fair from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Depending on the mobile phone provider, coverage could be either CDMA and GSM coverage. Travellers wishing to purchase SIM cards for GSM phones should look for Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, which all offer nationwide availability.

Post

Postal service is provided by Canada Post, a crown corporation owned by the government but run as an independent business. Most post offices keep hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm though in bigger places longer hourse might be available.

To format the envelope of a letter sent within Canada, put the destination address on the centre of its envelope, with a stamp, postal indicia, meter label, or frank mark on the top-right corner of the envelope to acknowledge payment of postage. A return address, although it is not required, can be put on the top-left corner of the envelope in smaller type than the destination address.

The lettermail service allows the mailing of a letter. The basic rate is currently set at $0.63 for one standard letter (30 grams or less). The rates for lettermail are based or weight and size and determine whether the article falls into the aforementioned standard format, or in the oversize one. The rate is the same for a postcard. Mail sent internationally is known as letterpost. It can only contain paper documents. The rate for a standard letter is of $1.10 if sent to the United States, and $1.85 if sent to any other destination. Oversize or overweight letters may be charged a higher fee. Larger parcels can be shipped via Canada post both domestically and internationally, the rate is dependent on the weight and destination. [1]

Federal Express, TNT, UPS or DHL also provide interntional shipping from Canada and are usually very quick and reliable though might cost a little more compared to Canada Post.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 44.646244
  • Longitude: -63.573566

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