Park Smart in Downtown Halifax

Did You Know?

  • There are over 700 parking meters in Downtown Halifax in addition to other types of on-street parking.
  • Parking at meters is FREE on weekends, holidays and after the designated time restrictions listed on the meters (between 6:00 pm and 8:00 am). 
  • It is a violation to park longer than the maximum period allowed by the meter regardless of the number of coins deposited.
  • In Downtown Halifax meters are colour-coded according to the maximum parking time they allow: (red for 30 minutes, grey for 90 minutes, green for 2 hours, and yellow for 3-5 hours).
  • Parking is FREE at out-of-order meters. Vehicles must move before the deisgnated time-limit expires. Those who remain parked beyond the maximum limit are subject to a ticket. 

Parking Meters

The cost to park at a meter is $1.50 per hour in Downtown Halifax and $3.00 per hour on the Halifax Waterfront. Meters take any combination of 5, 10, or 25 cent coins, and $1 or $2 coins. Maximum available time is indicated on the face of the meter and the meter clock displays time in hours and minutes purchased. Or you can download the HotSpot Parking App. Learn more here.

*Depositing more coins than required will not extend the maximum time limit of the meter. If you deposit a $2.00 coin into a meter with a maximum time limit of 30 minutes, you will only receive 30 minutes of paid parking. 

On-Street Parking

On-street parking may require special considerations when it comes to loading zones, winter parking and special events

Loading Zones

Unless otherwise indicated, a loading zone is only in effect on weekdays between the hours of 6:00am to 6:00pm. They are available for general public parking at all other times. When a loading zone is in effect, parking will result in your vehicle being ticketed or towed. Please make note of the times they are in effect.

Winter Parking

Please visit 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 1:00am and 6:00am 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.

Special Events

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.

DOs & DON'Ts of Parking Downtown

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 

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

Parkades & Parking Lots

Access via 1557 Granville Street and 1554 Hollis Street.
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)

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 pernight. 

Access via Albemarle Street and Barrington Street.
Hourly: $2.00 per ½ hour
Daily maximum: $20.00 (6:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Evening maximum: $7.00
One-time 24 hour maximum: $20.00  

1983 Upper Water Street
Tip: Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Hourly: $3.00
Daily maximum: $15.00 (6:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Over night maximum: $8.00 (6 pm - 6 am) 

1325 Lower Water Street
Tip: All pay-by-plate lots are free to use for CarShareHFX vehicles.
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)

*Enjoy complimentary parking Saturdays from 6 am to 3 pm at the Cunard Lot—1325 Lower Water Street, between the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market and The Historic Farmers’ Market at the Brewery.

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)

1521 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)

1549 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)

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

Additional Parking Options

1977 Upper Water Street
Open Monday-Sunday - All day

  • 1 Hour - $3.00
  • Daytime - $16.00 (6:00 am - 6:00 pm)
  • Early Bird - $12.00 (9:00 am - 6:00 pm)
  • Overnight - $8.00 (6:00 pm - 6:00 am)

IMPARK - Provincial Law Courts
1815 Upper Water Street

  • Hourly: $1.80 each 30 mins
  • Daily: $20.00 max (until 6:00 pm)
  • Evening/Weekend: $6.00 (5:00 pm - 6:00 am) & weekends (6:00 am - 6:00 am) 

INDIGO - Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
1919 Upper Water Street
Open Monday-Sunday - All day 

  • 1 hour: $4.00
  • 24 hours: $31.00
  • Valet: $37.00

Entrances at 5561 & 5583 Cogswell Street and 1970 Gottingen Street

  • Daily Parking Passes (Monday to Friday) are $10.00 and can be purchased from the front desk between 7:45 am to 7:00 pm.
  • Overnight Parking are sold for $2.00 per night, HST included. The passes can be purchased at our Front Desk and are valid between 7:00 pm - 7:30 am. Overnight vehicles must be parking in the furthest parking lot nearest the dog park. 
  • Special Event passes can be purchased directly from the back entrance for $5.00 (cash only). Volunteers are there for big events taking place at Scotiabank Centre. Note that vehicles that are not registered or paid for, will be immobilized at the vehicle owner's expense. 

There is street parking available along Rainnie Drive. Follow the street signs for parking directions. 

HotSpot Parking App

The HotSpot Parking App is now available in Downtown Halifax at all meters and Waterfront pay-and-display parking lots.

The HotSpot Parking App offers users a mobile parking app at a monthly or annual fee for the convenience of paying for your parking on your mobile device. For more information about HotSpot including rates and benefits, click here.

Halifax Transit

OR walk, bike, take the bus or ferry! Halifax Transit offers multiple routes into Downtown Halifax with their bus and ferry routes. Fares for one-time usage are as follows:

  • Adult (ages 18-64): $2.75
  • Child (ages 0-12): Free
  • Youth (ages 13-17) / Senior (ages 65+): $2.00
  • More information on fares here

More information about Halifax Transit here.

Routes & Schedules

Ferry Service Information

Learn more about Park and Ride 




Develop Nova Scotia is offering FREE parking on Saturdays & Sundays starting December 6/7 to December 28/29 at their Lower Water Street Pay & Display lots.  For more information, click here

  • Foundation Place (1549 Lower Water Street)
  • Salter (1521 Lower Water Street)
  • Bishop’s Landing (1475 Lower Water Street)
  • Cunard (1325 Lower Water Street)

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic lot is a metered lot, so parking is free on evenings after 6:00 pm and weekends.

The Halifax Seaport offers free parking in their parking lots (in front of the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market and the Cunard Centre) on weekends and holidays.