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Halifax

Where land meets the sea and meetings are bouyed by local culture

On the eastern edge of North America, Halifax has always been a natural meeting place. Land and ocean connect at the shore, and smart meetings do too. A brand-new convention centre 100 steps from the sea reels meeting planners in, but it’s Halifax’s youthful, creative, vibe that anchors delegates here. After hours, conference-goers revel in a cultural district brimming with entertainment, while harbourfront and historic sites teem with atmosphere. If an ocean of activities pulls at your guests — well, Halifax has that too.

TOTAL GUEST ROOMS

5,400

TOTAL MEETING SPACE

64,475 sq m | 694,000 sq ft

HALIFAX CONVENTION CENTRE

11,148 sq m | 120,000 sq ft |
2,000 Gala

BIGGEST HOTEL BALLROOM

780 sq m | 8,400 sq ft |
416 Gala

Experts to help you plan
Discover Halifax

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This place is perfect for meetings that:

  • Focus on ocean science, technology, and energy — Halifax is Canada’s ocean city
  • Seek a boost in delegate attendance — Halifax always appeals
  • Wrap history, culture, and nature experiences into their agenda
  • Require easy access — Halifax is only a two-hour flight from New York, Boston, and six hours to the U.K.

You can count on:

  • Open hearts. Open minds. Halifax is open for business.
  • Inter-connected meetings, hotel, entertainment space at the new Halifax Convention Centre in the Nova Centre
  • Unique waterfront meeting and event spaces at the Cunard Centre, and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
  • Authentic east coast hospitality
  • A host of unique off-site venues and experiences – ever dined on the ocean floor?
  • Inspiring delegates to extend their stay: Peggy’s Cove, Cape Breton and Lunenberg are natural pre- and post locations

MOVING YOUR PEOPLE

The Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) to your registration desk: 30-minute drive

Once you’re here: motor coaches, limousines. Other unique modes of transport: ferry, bike and kayak rentals, Harbour Hopper

BEFORE — AFTER — IN-BETWEEN MEETINGS

PLANNING ESSENTIALS

Get a good night’s rest

Brands like Westin, Delta, Marriott greet visitors to Halifax, alongside charming boutique inns, seaside resorts and oceanfront cottages. The convention centre is just steps from a pedway linking four hotels, banks, shopping and the Scotia Square.

Stretch your budget in Canada

It’s a fact. Event dollars go further in Canada. With the Canadian dollar hovering between 25 and 30% below the U.S. dollar, planners are encouraged to enhance their meeting experience here. Dollars saved on the program requirements can translate into more bells and whistles or your bottom line, you pick.

Groups from outside of Canada may be eligible for tax incentives — inquire at time of booking

Foreign Exchange

Biggest bang for your meeting buck

December – March offer the greatest value

June – October is the best time for incentive events

Weather

Spring

5°C to 10°C

40°F to 50°F

Summer

18°C to 25°C

66°F to 80°F

Fall

8°C to 13°C

46.4°F to 55.4°F

 

Winter

 -6°C to 2°C

21.2°F to 35.6°F

Here's how we can help you get planning

The team at Business Events Canada helps meeting planners bring corporate, association and incentive events to Canada. Contact our team for:

  • Inspiration
  • Impartial insights
  • Introductions
  • Bid assistance
  • Planning tool kit