Park Smart in Downtown Halifax





On-street parking has changed from individual meters to pay stations - this is a pay-by-plate, pay-by-zone system. You will now see the new pay stations installed on-street. There will still be a mixture of paid, permit and hourly parking in parking zones.

New parking technology will make it easier to pay and is introducing more payment options like credit card, debit card, and smart pay. Payment is attached to your vehicle, not the parking space. This means your vehicle can move freely within the parking zone up to the time purchase or maximum time allowed.

How it works:

When looking for on-street paid parking in areas that have historically had meters, look for these signs and note your pay parking ZONE. Zones are listed on parking signage and are letters A through H.

This is an example of a new parking sign. A letter (A through H) will note the pay zone in the white square. 

Once parked, you can find your nearest pay station to pay using coins, debit, credit, or Apple Pay. You can also use the HotSpot app on your mobile device (download it on the App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android) to pay. HotSpot is a third party app with subscription/usage fees that has partnered with CALE Canada to provide our parking solution. You do not need to download HotSpot to park on street. You will need to know your license plate and parking zone to initiate a parking session. See the Zone map here

Parking Tips:

  • Note your license plate in your phone or write it down on a piece of paper and keep it in your purse or wallet so you don't forget.
  • Make sure you have Halifax as your 'home city' so your Hotspot App updates to zones from meters

On-street parking rates:

Where on-street paid parking is available, it is divided up into parking zones.

  • All paid parking zones have a 4 hour maximum
  • Rates vary by zone
  • Time can be purchased in 15-minute increments for zones A-G and 30-minute increments for zone H

Zones A, B, C, D, E, F & G

  • $2/hr for the first two hours 
  • $6/hr for hours 3 and 4 up to a maximum of 4 hours in any zone  

Zone H

  • $1.50/hr for the first two hours
  • $4/hr for hours 3 and 4 up to a maximum of 4 hours in any zone

AND remember, on-street parking is still free after 6:00 pm, on weekends, and on holidays. 

Permit parking

It has never been easier to purchase and manage your residential or commuter parking permits. Starting Monday, October 5, 2020 our online parking permit will be online. You can create an account in anticipation of the first monthly parking permit release on October 15. Using the new system you will be able to apply for parking permits, and submit and manage your documents online. Most permits will be tied to your license plate - no need to display permits in your window. Zones are listed on parking signage and are numbers.

Learn more about our parking permit options.

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 1:00 am and 6:00 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.

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.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: Residents are encouraged to contact 311 with any questions they may have about the new on-street parking system. 


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



1. METROPARK - 589 parking spaces including accessible parking spaces
Access via 1557 Granville Street and 1554 Hollis Street.
(Mon-Fri, 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)

2. 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 pernight. 

3. SCOTIA SQUARE - OVER 1,700 spaces plus ample accessible parking
Access via Albemarle Street and Barrington Street.

Weekdays Monday to Friday:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
$2 each ½ hour or less
Maximum $15

Weekdays Monday to Friday:
24-hour maximum $15

Evenings 5:00 pm to 8:00 am:
$2 each ½ hour or less
Maximum $8

Saturday or Sunday:
$2 each ½ hour or less
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Maximum $8

5:00 pm to 8:00 am
Maximum $8

Scotia Square also has event parking. Learn more here

4. CASINO NOVA SCOTIA - 550 parking spaces
1983 Upper Water Street
Tip: Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Hourly: $3.00
Daily maximum: $15.00 (6:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Over night maximum: $8.00 (6 pm - 6 am) 

6. 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)

7. SALTER LOT - 300 parking spaces
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)

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

8. FOUNDATION PLACE - 230 parking spaces
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

PURDY'S WHARF - 1,088 parking spaces
1977 Upper Water Street
Open Monday-Sunday - All day

  • 1 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

IMPARK - Provincial Law Courts - 150 parking spaces
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 - 177 parking spaces
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. 

HALIFAX SEAPORT - 59 parking spaces

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. 


Halifax Transit

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

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