Where to Park in Downtown Halifax

From on-street parking to parking lots and garages, there are thousands of parking places in Downtown Halifax. Here you’ll find practical information to help you make your parking plan before you head Downtown. 

We do recommend that you download the HotSpot mobile app to help you pay for your on-street parking. Get HotSpot on Google Play or download it on the Apple App Store

Having problems using the on-street pay stations and/or HotSpot? Call 311 for help. 

And finally, don’t let parking stop you from coming Downtown. There are plenty of places to park!


If you see a * next to the name of a parkade or lot, that means they have EV Charging Stations. Visit PlugShare or download the PlugShare App to see all the EV Charging locations. 


NEW! Accessible Parking Information: Most parking lots and garages are required to have accessible parking spots and payment would be required in those paid parking areas; however, there are plenty of free on-street accessible parking options that you can view here.

On-Street Parking

  • On-Street Parking Payment

    On-street parking in Downtown Halifax consists of a pay-by-plate, pay-by-zone system using pay stations. Pay stations are installed on-street, and there is a mixture of paid, permit and hour parking in parking zones. The pay stations allow you to pay using coin, credit card, debit card, and smartphone with the HotSpot mobile app. Payment is attached to your vehicle (by your license plate), not the parking space. This means your vehicle can move freely within the parking zone up to the time purchased or maximum time allowed.

    Pro-Tip: You’ll need to know your license plate and parking zone to initiate a parking session when using either a pay station or the HotSpot mobile app

    On-street parking is FREE after 6 pm and on weekends and holidays. Most of the Downtown area is in Zone B. On-street parking rates for Zone B are as follows:

    • 8:00 am - 10:00 am:  $2.50 per hour
    • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm:  $3.75 per hour
    • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm:    $2.50 per hour
    • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm:    $1.25 per hour 
    • Daily Max:                 $27.50

    Learn more about on-street parking, including how to use a pay station, here.

    Real Time Paid Parking Availability Map: This map shows overall paid parking utilization by zones in real time. Click here to view the map.

  • No Stopping Zones

    Make sure you read the street signage carefully before parking Downtown. Some streets have rush hour ‘No Stopping’ zones, and if your vehicle is parked at one of these locations during the posted rush hour times, it will be towed and impounded.

    Note that the ‘‘No Parking" symbol is less restrictive as you may park in a "No Parking" zone as long as you are actively loading/unloading for up to 30 minutes.


  • Parking Permits

    Purchase your parking permit online with the new system that allows you to apply for parking permits, and submit and manage your documents online. Most permits will be tied to your license plate and zones. Therefore, there is no need to display the permit in your window. For permit parking, zones are numbered 1-15 and are listed on the parking signage. 

    For more information on parking permits, including how to apply for a permit, click here.


  • Loading Zones

    Loading Zones allow up to a maximum of 30 minutes of parking as long as you are actively loading or unloading passengers or materials. Loading zones are in effect 6 am - 6 pm Monday to Friday unless otherwise specified. 24-hour loading zones are in effect 7 days a week including weekends and holidays. Remaining in a loading zone when no longer loading/unloading may result in a fine.


  • Winter Parking

    The Municipal overnight winter parking ban is in effect every year from December 15 to March 31 and is enforced only during declared weather events and ongoing clearing operations. Please visit halifax.ca/snow for up-to-date information regarding winter parking bans, especially if the weather conditions are deteriorating or if storm warnings are in effect. When the winter parking ban is in effect, parking vehicles between 1 - 6 am is restricted on streets in most communities under the HRM Traffic Authority. During the winter parking ban, tickets can be issued for obstruction of snow removal.

    Click here to register to receive Overnight Winter Parking Ban notifications.


  • Special Event Parking

    When special events are scheduled in Halifax, such as a parade, a film shoot, fireworks, tree lighting, or construction zones, signs will inform you that parking in those areas is restricted.


  • Accessible On-Street Parking

    There are several designated accessible on-street parking spaces in Downtown Halifax. 

    Halifax Regional Municipality has created a map for these spaces. View the map


    Accessible Parking Questions

    Does my accessible permit allow me to park for free in paid parking areas (e.g., paid parking lots & garages)?

    • No. All on-street Accessible Parking spots within the municipality are free for those with a valid accessible permit, however payment is required in paid parking areas and lots.

    Can I temporarily park in an accessible zone if I am loading/unloading?

    • Motorists may only park in an accessible zone if the vehicle has an accessible permit displayed. Accessible permits are issued to the person as opposed to the vehicle, so please ensure you bring it with you when you are travelling.


  • Dos & Don’ts of On-Street Parking

    DO: Park at least five metres away from a fire hydrant
    DO: Make sure you are not blocking a driveway
    DO: Park at least 10 metres back from a stop sign
    DO: Park at least 7.5 metres from a corner
    DO: Make a parking plan before heading Downtown 

    DON’T: Park in or too close to a crosswalk
    DON’T: Park on a sidewalk
    DON’T: Park in a fire lane
    DON’T: Park at a bus stop
    DON’T: Park in a no-parking zone
    DON’T: Park in a bike lane
    DON’T: Park in an accessible parking space (unless you have a government-issued permit)

    Please contact 311, HRM’s Contact Centre, with any questions or concerns about on-street parking.


Parkades & Parking Lots

  • 1. Casino Nova Scotia

    550 parking spaces
    1983 Upper Water Street

    Hourly: $3.00
    Daily maximum: $15.00 (6:00 am – 6:00 pm)
    Overnight maximum: $8.00 (6:00 pm - 6:00 am)

    Tip: Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

  • 2. Purdy’s Wharf*

    1,088 parking spaces
    1977 Upper Water Street
    Open 24/7

    *8 Public EV Chargers now available. 

    Each Hour: $3.00
    Max (6:00 am - 6:00 pm): $15.00
    Overnight (6:00 pm - 6:00 am): $8.00
    Early Bird (In by 9:00 am / Out by 6:00 pm): $13.00

    Monthly Rates:
    Monthly: $189.75 

    Flex Passes:
    10 visits: $120.00
    15 visits: $165.00

    Call 902-429-4588 for more information or click here

    Tip: Purdy's Wharf is connected to Downtown Halifax by the Pedway System making it easy to get around all year-round.

  • 3. Indigo: Marriott Harbourfront Hotel*

    177 parking spaces
    1919 Upper Water Street
    Open 24/7

    *Electric Car Charging Station is available. 

    Rates (taxes included):
    Per Hour: $4.50
    Daily Maximum: $36.00
    Economy Pass: $120.00
    Weekday Pass: $224.25
    24/7 Pass: $235.75
    Hotel Guest Daily: $26.00

    Tip: This underground garage has direct access to the Hotel and the Halifax Waterfront. 

  • 5. Scotia Square*

    OVER 1,700 spaces plus ample accessible parking
    Access via Albemarle Street and Barrington Street

    *2 EV Charging Stations (3.7 kW Type 1)

    Hours: 6:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Rate: $2.25 each ½ hour or less
    Maximum for 24 hours: $26.00

    Hours: 5:30 pm - 8:00 am
    Rate: $2.25 each ½ hour or less
    Maximum: $12.00

    Day: 8:00 am - 5:00  pm | Maximum: $12.00
    Evening: 5:00 pm - 8:00 am | Maximum: $12.00
    Rate: $2.25 each ½ hour or less
    Saturday or Sunday maximum: $24.00

    Event Parking:
    Hours: 5:30 pm - 8:00 am
    Rate: $2.25 each ½ hour or less
    Maximum: $12.00

    Scotia Square also has bike parking throughout the parkade, and a dedicated bike room for their tenants, accessible by secure/card only. The Bike Room is located underneath the pedway, below the Scotia Square entrance on Barrington Street. It includes: parking, lockers, showers, change room, easy access to Scotia Square, a repair kit, and tire pump.

    More information here.

  • 6. Brunswick Place Parkade

    181 interior spaces, 48 exterior surface spaces
    2021 Brunswick Street

    Rate: $2.00 each ½ hour or less (anytime)
    Maximum: $14.00

    Evening & Weekends:
    Daily Maximum: $6.00
    Credit or debit card only

  • 7. Centennial Pool

    Entrances on Cogswell Street and at 1970 Gottingen Street

    If you are using the pool or picking up a swimmer, parking is free. Just remember to register your license plate at the Front Desk. 

    Daily Parking Passes (Monday to Friday) are $10.00 HST included, and can be purchased from the front desk between 7:30 am - 7:00 pm. Daily passes are limited. 

    Overnight Parking: Passes are sold for $5.00 per night, HST included. The passes can be purchased at the Front Desk. Overnight passes validates your vehicle from 7:00 pm - 7:30 am the next morning. Overnight vehicles must be parked in the furthest parking lot nearest the dog park.

    Monthly Parking:
    Daytime monthly parking is not available at this time. Overnight monthly parking is $70.00 a month, HST included. Please contact their Front Desk for more information. 

    Snow Ban Parking:
    A limited amount of parking spaces are available during snow parking bans for $5.00 HST including. Park in the back middle spaces to allow for plows to get through. 

  • 8. Prince George Hotel

    240 parking spaces
    Access via Grafton Street
    Open 24/7

    Payment is by credit card only (no debit) through an automated system.

    1 Hour: $4.00
    24 Hours: $40.00
    Overnight valet service for guests: $36.00 + tax per night
    Overnight Self-parking for guest: $26.00 + tax per night

    Tip: The Prince George Hotel is connected to The Downtown Halifax link (pedway system) making it easy to get around Downtown. 

  • 9. Nova Centre Parking Garage*

    350 parking spaces
    1650 Argyle Street
    Open 24/7

    *12 EV Charging Stations (6.5 kW Type 1)

    First 30 minutes: $2.50
    Every additional 30 minutes: $2.00
    Daily parking (6:00 am – 6:00 pm): $28.00
    Lost tickets: $28.00

  • 10. One Shot Parking Solutions: Saint Mary's Basilica Parking

    Approx. 80 spaces
    At the corner of Spring Garden Road and Grafton Street

    9-meter spots: $2.00 first 2 hours, $3.00 - additional hours (no maximum)
    Rest of the spots: MUST register and pay using the One Shot Parking's mobile payment processor.

    Monthly parking permits are available.

    Managed by One Shot Parking Solutions 

  • 11. One Shot Parking Solutions: Blowers Street

    Over 20 spaces
    5222 Blowers Street
    Lot ID: 4016 (One Shot Parking Solutions)

    Daytime (6 am - 6 pm)
    Each hour or less: $3.50
    Daily Maximum: $18.00

    Evenings (6 pm - 6 am)
    Each hour or less: $3.50
    Evening Maximum: $14.00

    Pay here

    Managed by One Shot Parking Solutions 

  • 12. Metropark

    589 parking spaces including accessible parking spaces
    Access via 1557 Granville Street and 1554 Hollis Street

    Monday to Friday Rates:
    $2.00 up to the first 20 min (6:00 am - 6:00 pm)
    $3.25 for each additional hour
    $20.00 daily max (6:00 am - 6:00 pm)
    $8.50 evening max (6:00 pm - 6:00 am)

    Saturday & Sunday Rates:
    $2.00 up to the first 20 min (6:00 am - 6:00 pm)
    $3.25 each additional hour
    $8.50 evening max (12 hour period)

    Monthly parking:
    $200.00 per month (HST including) plus a one-time fee of $5.75 (HST included) for access card. 

  • 13. Impark: Lower Water Street

    88 parking spaces
    1600 Lower Water Street (Lot #15)
    Open 24/7

    Pay & Display Lot
    Hourly: $1.80 per 30 mins
    Daytime (Monday to Friday, in after 6:00 am and out by 6:00 pm): $17.00
    Evening/Weekend (evenings: 6:00 pm - 6:00 am; weekends: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm): $6.00 

  • 14. Maritime Museum of The Atlantic

    17 metered parking spaces
    1655 Lower Water Street

    Hourly: $3.00 an hour

    Tip: Pay with the HotSpot mobile app.

  • 15. Foundation Place

    230 parking spaces
    1549 Lower Water Street

    Pay-by-Plate parking
    Hourly: $3.00
    Daily flat rate: $16.00 (8:00 am – 6:00 pm)
    Evening flat rate: $6.00 (6:00 pm – 8:00 am)

    Tip: Pay with the HotSpot mobile app.

  • 16. Salter Lot

    300 parking spaces
    1521 Lower Water Street

    Pay-by-Plate parking:
    Hourly: $3.00
    Daily flat rate: $16.00 (8:00 am – 6:00 pm)
    Evening flat rate: $6.00 (6:00 pm – 8:00 am)

    Tip: Pay with the HotSpot mobile app.

    Park It At The Market: Complimentary parking on Saturdays from 6:00 am - 3:00 pm in the Salter Lot (1521 Lower Water Street) for those visiting the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market and the Halifax Brewery Farmers' Market

  • 17. Bishop's Landing

    50 parking spaces
    1475 Lower Water Street

    Hourly: $3.00 Daily flat rate: $16.00 (8:00 am – 6:00 pm)
    Evening flat rate: $6.00 (6:00 pm – 8:00 am)

    See Halifax Waterfront Parking Map.

    Tip: Pay with the HotSpot mobile app.

  • 18. Nova Scotia Power Parking Site*

    Entrance on Morris Street (lot is at corner of Morris and Lower Water streets)

    This site is a Nova Scotia Power Employee Parking Lot during the weekdays, but turns into a free community parking lot on:

    Wednesdays: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
    Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Violators parked outside of posted community parking hours will be ticketed and/or towed at the owners' expense.

    Tip: You can try parking here when visiting the Discovery Centre on the weekends, just make sure to read the signs before you do! 

    This parking site also has 6 EV Charging Stations (6.5 kW).

  • 19. One Shot Parking Solutions: Hollis Street

    62 parking spaces
    1247-1251 Hollis Street (Lot #19)

    This lot moved to dynamic pricing in early 2023, and prices now range from $2 - $6 per hour. See how much your parking will be here.

    Pay online.

    Managed by One Shot Parking Solutions.

  • 20. The Westin Nova Scotian*

    1181 Hollis Street

    The Westin Nova Scotian allows public parking in their lot off Marginal Road.

    *1 EV Charging Station (7.2 kW Type 1)

    Hourly: $3.50 
    Daily Maximum: $23.00 
    Valet parking for guests: $30.00 daily

    Tip: Access parking off Marginal Road.

  • 21. Indigo: Via Rail Long Term Parking*

    129 parking spaces
    1146 Marginal Road
    Open 24/7
    Surface lot

    *2 EV Charging Stations (6.2 kW Type 1)

    First Hour: $4.00
    Additional Hour: $3.00
    Maximum from 6:00 am - 6:00 pm: $10.00
    Maximum from 6:00 pm - 6:00 am: $6.00
    2 Week: $65.00
    Month: $115.00

    Tip: Minutes to the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and the Halifax Waterfront boardwalk. 

  • 22-25. Halifax Seaport*

    Over 740 parking spaces
    Halifax Seaport area

    There are 4 parking lots (22, 23, 24 & 25) plus metered parking in the Halifax Seaport area, totaling over 740 parking spaces!

    *4 EV Charging Stations are in LOT A (cloest to the PIER & Garrison Brewing Co.). 

    Monday to Friday (8:00 am - 6:00 pm):
    Pay & Display - $2.00 per hour to a maximum of $10.00 per day
    Parking meters - $1.50 per hour

    Evenings (6:00 pm - 8:00 am), Weekends and Holidays: Complimentary

    Complimentary Permit parking is also available for the public in Lot D.

    There are also many bike racks around the Halifax Seaport area. See Halifax Seaport Parking Map below.

    Illustrated parking map at Halifax Seaport
  • 26. One Shot Parking Solutions: Market Street

    1697 Market Street (corner across from The Keg Restaurant)

    Pay at machine or pay by mobile phone here.

    Manage by One Shot Parking Solutions

  • 27. Queen's Marque*

    Paid parking is available in the Queen's Marque Parkade, off Lower Water Street.

    There are 2 levels of underground parking.

    Hourly: $5.00
    6 am - 6 pm: $40.00 maximum
    6 pm - 6 am: $40.00 maximum
    Lost Ticket: $80.00

    There are different Gates that have exits to specific places within Queen's Marque, so you can park in the area close to your destination:

    Gate 1: Halifax Waterfront, restaurants, bars and shops
    Gate 2: Offices at Queen's Marque
    Gate 3: Residences at Queen's Marque
    Muir: Drift Restaurant

    EV charging stations are available also. 

  • 28. Indigo: VIA Rail Short Term Parking

    16 short term spots
    1161 Hollis Street
    Open 24/7

    1 hour: $2.00


  • 29. Dalhousie University - Sexton Campus*

    There are various parking lots around Dalhousie's Sexton Campus including the Rosina Lot, the Queens Street Lot and the Gerard Hall Lot (off Queen Street), Norma Eddy Lane (off Morris Street), and the main drive of Sexton Campus (1360 Barrington Street) that has 16 Metres/HotSpot short term parking spaces. 

    There is also 1 EV Charging Station in the Morris Street lot (5269 Morris Street). 

    For more information about parking at the Dalhousie Sexton Campus, click here.

  • 4. The Law Courts Parking - Currently Closed

    1815 Upper Water Street

    The Law Courts Parking is currently closed for renovations. 

There are also plenty of parking spaces around the Spring Garden area.

Visit springgardenarea.com for more information on where to park around Spring Garden Road.


For more information about parking in Downtown Halifax, visit halifax.ca.