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Pre and Post Conference


Top 10 Convention Facilities in Halifax

The first step when planning an event is finding a great location!  Check out the top 10 convention facilities in and around Halifax.

Downtown Halifax

1. Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre
Location: 1800 Argyle St., Halifax

Located in the heart of downtown Halifax, the WTCC has four floors of event space and a variety of meeting rooms, with the largest room providing space for up to 1800 people.  It also has underground tunnels connecting the Convention Centre to nearby hotels, amenities, and the Scotiabank Centre.

2. Halifax Convention Centre
Location: Market St., Halifax

Slated to open in December 2017, the Halifax Convention Centre offers over 120,000 square feet of event space spread over four floors.  Their Event Planner Toolkit, variety of catering options, and high tech A/V capabilities make this the perfect place to host your best event yet.

3. Cunard Centre
Location: 961 Marginal Rd., Halifax

A renovated waterfront cargo shed, the Cunard Centre is a popular venue for culinary events, trade shows, receptions, and concerts.  The 45,000 square foot space can accommodate 2,000 people for dinner, 3200 for receptions, and can be divided into smaller sections for a more intimate setting.

4. Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
Location: 1919 Upper Water St., Halifax

While there are many hotels in Halifax that offer beautiful convention facilities, the Marriott Harbourfront boasts the largest event space.  Located right on the water, the Marriott Harbourfront is equipped with eight different meeting rooms, including a ballroom that holds 1,000 people for a reception, or 800 for a seated event.  Their outdoor patio features a stunning view of the Halifax harbour and overlooks the waterfront boardwalk, making it a fantastic venue for cocktail hours and networking mixers.

5. Prince George Hotel
Location: 1725 Market St., Halifax

The Prince George Hotel is on the smaller side of the city’s various hotel-based event spaces, making it a popular option for event planners looking for a more intimate venue. The Prince George   has five meeting rooms, the largest of which can accomodate up to 240 people.

The outdoor rooftop patio, situated in the heart of downtown Halifax allows visitors to the Prince George to enjoy their events feeling secluded and intimate while being at the center of everything. The hotel is connected to the Halifax World Trade and the new Convention Centre, making it a convenient place to stay if you are hosting orattending an event at either location.

6. Dalhousie University
Location: 1233 LeMarchant St., Halifax

Dalhousie has a number of meeting and conference rooms available with the largest room holding up to 1000 people.  In the summertime planners and delegates can take advantage of convenient onsite accommodations in the vacant residence buildings.  Additional features include plenty of parking, wifi, catering, kitchenettes, a fitness centre, and more.

7. Saint Mary’s University
Location: 923 Robie St., Halifax

Similar to Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s offers meeting and conference spaces year-ound and onsite dorm and apartment–style accommodations during the summer months.

Capacity ranges from 48-600 people.

Bayers Lake

8. Future Inns
Location: 30 Fairfax Dr., Halifax

If you’re looking for a meeting venue beyond the downtown core, Future Inns in Bayers Lake is a great option.  They offer eight different meeting spaces with capacities ranging from 15-100 people and offer catering from their onsite restaurant, The Redwood Grill.

9. Exhibition Park
Location: 200 Prospect Rd., Halifax

This massive space is ideal for large events including car shows, concerts, trade shows, and seminars.

Beyond Halifax’s downtown core

10. Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre
Location: 36 Treasure Dr., Western Shore

Just 45 minutes from downtown Halifax, and an hour from Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Oak Island is a beautiful location to hold your next event. Located right on the ocean, it’s a great option for planners looking to create an intimate retreat-type event. Among the seven meeting rooms available, the largest can accommodate up to 480 people.

Have you held or attended a convention in Halifax? We’d love to hear about your experience! Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

The Halliburton

Pet-Free Hotels in Halifax

The east coast is known across the country and around the world for its friendly disposition, and Halifax is no exception. We love welcoming men, women, children and, in many places, pets too!

But if furry friends leave you feeling sniffly, sneezy and stuffed up, there’s no need to worry!  With a number of pet-free hotels, the city has something for everyone. Here is a list of pet-free accommodations in Halifax, all waiting to welcome you.

1. Halliburton Hotel
5184 Morris Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

This charming boutique hotel is a trio of heritage townhouses cleverly combined into one luxury location. Only steps away from the historic Halifax waterfront, it is the perfect place for travellers eager to explore the city’s history and culture.

2. Commons Inn
5780 West Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

This North End locale makes a great home away from home. Ideally situated in Halifax’s fastest growing neighbourhood, there is a variety of shops and restaurants to visit. And of course, as the name implies, there’s easy access to the Halifax Common – home to the Emera Oval.

3. The Hollis
 1649 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

This pet-free accommodation in the heart of Halifax is an ideal home base for travellers eager to explore the city. Whether you want to wander the waterfront, indulge in a local meal, or take in the city’s museums, markets and shopping, everything is right at your fingertips.

4. Waverley Inn
 1266 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

A Halifax landmark since 1876, the Waverley takes guests back to the charm and character of Victorian Halifax. Within walking distance from some of Halifax’s most famous historical landmarks, there’s no better place to start and end your day.

5. Marriott Courtyard Halifax Downtown
 5120 Salter Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

With first-rate amenities and views of the gorgeous Halifax harbour, this luxury hotel is an excellent option for visitors. Found in the Brewery Square in downtown Halifax, guests can easily enjoy all that Halifax has to offer.

6. Hilton Garden Inn Halifax Airport Hotel
200 Pratt & Whitney Drive, Enfield, Nova Scotia

Conveniently located near the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, this pet-free hotel is the perfect jumping off point for a visit to downtown Halifax or to any of the other beautiful destinations in Nova Scotia.

Now that you’ve found a pet-free place to stay, all that’s left to do is enjoy your vacation in Halifax.

Point Pleasant Park with Dogs

Pet-Friendly Hotels in the Halifax region!

Planning a visit to Nova Scotia’s capital city this year? Bring your furry friend with you! With picturesque dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants, and a variety of animal friendly activities, Halifax is the perfect place for you and your four-legged pal. After all, what’s a vacation without your very best friend!

There are many hotels in Halifax that recognize the close bond between you and your canine, and can’t wait to make you both feel right at home.

Here is a list of pet-friendly hotels in Halifax waiting to welcome your pup with open paws!

  • The Prince George Hotel pampers pets with their “Bow, Wow, Meow” Upon arrival, your pets will receive a check-in package that includes a comfy fleece blanket, biodegradable waste bags, a bowl for food and water, and an information package covering the best places for doggy visits in the city.
  • Best Western Plus Chocolate Lake is a “Certified Premium Pets Can Stay” property with rooms specifically for pups. The hotel even has its own resident dog, Coca the Chocolate Lab, who loves welcoming and sharing treats with new friends.
  • Cambridge Suites Hotel Halifax treats four-legged travellers like VIPs (Very Important Pets). From start to finish your pet will be pampered – including a welcome doggie bag with a treat, pet dish, toy and walking map.
  • The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites provides pets with the best treatment possible. Each four-legged guest is greeted with a treat and the concierge is pleased to provide you and your pup information on pet services throughout the city.
  • Atlantica Hotel Halifax can’t imagine letting your pets ruff it! In fact, they believe that your pet deserves the same TLC as any other guest. Pets are welcomed by name and given a treat bag which includes a map of places in the city to stretch and socialize.
  • The Westin Nova Scotia is not only pet-friendly but, with their Westin Heavenly® dog products, promise that your pup will leave the hotel feeling rested and rejuvenated. Their concierge is also happy to show you the walking paths in the city.
  • Château Bedford Hotel & Suites ensures their guests a comfortable, memorable and safe stay – that includes your pet. A little further out of the downtown core, the hotel provides easy access to parks and hiking trails all around the Halifax Regional Municipality.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites are just waiting to give you and your pet a warm welcome. Located across from Shubie Park, the jewel of Dartmouth, the hotel is an ideal location for adventure loving dogs.

With all of the perfect places for your pooch in Halifax, there is no doubt that both of you will have the vacation of a lifetime.

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Halifax sunset

Visiting Halifax on business? You can still create memories!

Blog written by Laura MacDougall with Nova Scotia Business Inc 

One of the best parts about living and working in Halifax is the unbeatable quality of life. How many cities offer an ocean view from your office, or let you walk along the waterfront during your lunch break? As the business hub of the Maritimes, we’re proud to show Halifax off to our clients, customers and business partners from near and far around the world.

Whether you’re here for a conference, meeting, or are new to our booming local business community, squeeze in some time after the work day has finished and see what our small but jam-packed city has to offer.

While summer is arguably the best time to check out any city, this rings especially true for Halifax. From the bustling waterfront and sparkling blue harbour, to the public gardens and beer gardens, there’s an endless amount of fun things to do. Even if you’ve only got a few hours after a conference or before a meeting to take it all in, you won’t be disappointed. The go-to spot for locals and visitors alike? The Halifax waterfront.

It can feel like the options are endless when it comes to food in Halifax, even just on the waterfront alone. You can head down Duke Street and stop at Cow’s for an ice cream, head inside the Historic Properties Privateers Wharf and grab an Americano and a legendary croissant at Two If By Sea, or have fresh Atlantic fish and chips at The Battered Fish.

If you’d rather have a seat while you eat, the new favorite local spot is the Stubborn Goat Waterfront Beer Garden. In addition to their craft brews, they’ve got great options for food and an unobstructed harbour view. On a breezy day, try Murphy’s on the Water for their covered patio, or sit inside at Salty’s or Gahan House while still taking in the ocean views.

Continue strolling south-bound along the boardwalk and you’ll eventually hit the Halifax Seaport, which is home to Halifax’s biggest farmer’s market. Its most popular days are Saturday and Sundays, but it’s open throughout the week. In addition to food, there are plenty of unique vendors selling everything under the sun – artwork and paintings, handmade wood products, jewelry, fine local wines, and plenty of Nova Scotia takeaways. Across the street you’ll find the ever-popular East Coast Lifestyle clothing shop, and traditional craft brewery, Garrison Brewing Co.

Much like to the highland dancers and bagpipes you’re more than likely to come across on your harbour stroll, most of what you’ll find is born and bred in the Maritimes. These local businesses are filled with charm and make our waterfront, and your visit to Halifax, extra special.

Start planning your next trip to Halifax here!