Coming Downtown and wondering where to park?

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

We also recommend downloading the HotSpot mobile app to help you pay for your parking – you can use it for on-street parking and at some of the parking lots along the Waterfront. Get HotSpot on Google Play or download it on the Apple App Store. Learn more about HotSpot here

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

 

On-Street Parking

On-street parking in Downtown Halifaxconsists 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 am - 10 am:  $2.00 per hour
10 am - 2 pm:  $3.00 per hour
2 pm - 5 pm:    $2.00 per hour
5 pm - 6 pm:    $1.00 per hour 
Daily Max:       $23.00

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

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.
 

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: Use the HotSpot mobile app to pay for your on-street parking session
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.

 

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.

Parkades & Parking Lots

  • 1. Casino Nova Scotia

    550 parking spaces
    1983 Upper Water Street
    Tip: Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

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

  • 2. Purdy’s Wharf

    1,088 parking spaces
    1977 Upper Water Street
    Open Monday-Sunday - All day

    One Hour - $3.00
    Daytime - $16.00 (6:00 am - 6:00 pm)
    Early Bird - $13.00 (in before 9:00 am and out before 6:00 pm)
    Daily Max: $15.00

  • 3. Indigo - Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

    177 parking spaces
    1919 Upper Water Street

    Open Monday-Sunday - All day
    1 hour: $4.00
    24 hours: $31.00
    Valet: $37.00

  • 5. Scotia Square

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

    Weekdays:
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Rate: $2.00 each ½ hour or less
    Maximum for 24 hours: $18.00

    Evenings:
    5:00 pm - 8:00 am
    Rate: $2.00 each ½ hour or less
    Maximum: $8.00

    Weekends:
    Day: 8 am - 5  pm | Maximum: $8.00
    Evening: 5 pm - 8 am | Maximum: $8.00
    Rate: $2.00 each ½ hour or less

    Event Parking:
    Hours: 5 pm - 8 am
    Rate: $2.00 each ½ hour or less
    Maximum: $8.00

    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.

  • 6. Brunswick Street Parkade

    181 interior spaces, 48 exterior surface spaces
    2021 Brunswick Street

    Day:
    Rate: $2.00 each ½ hour or less
    Maximum: $9.00

    Evening & Weekends:
    Daily Maximum: $4.00
    Credit or debit card only

  • 7. Centennial Pool

    Entrances on Cogswell Street and at 1970 Gottingen Street

    Daily Parking Passes (Monday to Friday) are $8.00 HST included and can be purchased from the front desk between 7:45 am - 7:00 pm.

    Overnight Parking: Passes are sold for $2.00 per night, HST included. The passes can be purchased at the Front Desk and are valid between 7:00 pm - 7:30 am.

  • 8. Prince George Hotel

    240 parking spaces
    Access via Grafton Street

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

    Hourly: $4.00
    Overnight valet service: $34.00 per night
    Overnight Self-parking: $24.00 per night.

  • 9. Nova Centre Parking Garage

    350 parking spaces
    1650 Argyle Street
     

    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. Saint Mary's Basilica Parking

    Approx. 80 spaces
    Spring Garden Road and Grafton Street

    9-meter spots - $2.00 first 2 hours, $3.00 - additional hours (no maximum)
    MUST register and pay using the iStall Mobile App.
    Monthly parking permits are available.

  • 11. Blowers Street

    Over 20 spaces
    5222 Blowers Street

    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

  • 12. Metropark

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

    (Monday - Friday, 7:00 - 10:00 am – access through Granville Street only)
    First 20 minutes: $2.00
    Each additional hour: $3.25
    Daily maximum: $20.00 (6:00 am – 6:00 pm)
    Evening maximum: $8.50 (6:00 pm – 6:00 am)
    Weekend maximum: $8.50 (12-hour period)
    Monthly rate: $200 (HST included)

  • 13. Impark Lower Water Street

    88 parking spaces
    1600 Lower Water Street (Lot #15)

    Pay & Display Lot
    Hourly: $1.80 per 30 mins
    Daily: $17.00 (6 am - 6 pm)
    Evening/Weekend: $6.00 evenings (6 pm - 6 am) & weekends (6 am - 6 pm)

  • 14. Maritime Museum of The Atlantic

    17 metered parking spaces
    1655 Lower Water Street
    Tip: Pay with the HotSpot mobile app.

    Hourly: $3.00 an hour

  • 15. Foundation Place

    230 parking spaces
    1549 Lower Water Street
    Tip: Pay with the HotSpot mobile app.

    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)

  • 16. Salter Lot

    300 parking spaces
    1521 Lower Water Street
    Tip: Pay with the HotSpot mobile app.

    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)

    Park It at the Market FOR FREE Saturdays from 6 am - 3 pm.

  • 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.

  • 18. Nova Scotia Power Parking Site

    Morris Street (at Lower Water Street)

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

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

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

  • 19. Impark Hollis Street

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

    Hourly: $2.00 per hour
    Daily: $14.00 maximum (6 am - 6 pm)
    Evening/Weekend: $4.00 evenings (6 pm - 6 am) & weekends (6 am - 6 pm)
    Monthly Rate: $140.00 (24/7) or $40 (4 pm - 8 am, Monday - Friday & 24/7 weekends)

  • 20. The Westin Nova Scotian

    1181 Hollis Street
    Tip: Access parking off Marginal Road.


    The Westin Nova Scotian allows public parking in their lot off Marginal Road.
    Electric car charging stations: 1, Complimentary On-site parking fee: $3.50 hourly | Maximum: $23.00 daily
    Valet parking fee: $30.00 daily

  • 21. Indigo Via Rail Parking Lot

    189 parking spaces
    1146 Marginal Road

    First Hour: $4.00
    Next Hour: $3.00 Maximum from 6 am - 6 pm: Weekdays - $10.00 | Weekend - $6.00
    Daly Fee 24H: $16.00 (3 days maximum)
    Weekly Fee: $55 (2 weeks maximum)
    Month: $115.00

  • 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, totalling over 740 parking spaces!

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

    Evenings (8 pm - 8 am), Weekends and Holidays:
    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.

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    Illustrated parking map at Halifax Seaport
  • Spring Garden Road Area

    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.

  • 4. The Law Courts Parking - Currently Closed

    1815 Upper Water Street

    The Law Courts Parking is currently closed for renovations.