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.
• All on-street metered parking is free between 6:00 pm and 8:00 am, and all day on weekends and holidays.  
• 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 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

1. MetroPark
Access via 1557 Granville Street and 1554 Hollis Street.
First 30 minutes: $2.00
Each additional hour: $3.00
Daily maximum: $19 (6:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Evening maximum: $7.25 (6:00 pm – 6:00 am)
Weekend maximum: $7.25

2. Prince George Hotel
Access via Grafton Street.
Tip: payment is by credit card only (no debit) through an automated system.
Hourly: $3.50
24 hour maximum: $35.00

3. Scotia Square
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

4. Casino Nova Scotia
1983 Upper Water Street
Tip: Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Hourly: $3.00
Daily maximum: $14.00 (6:00 am – 6:00 pm)
After 6:00pm $3.00 will be added each hour

5. Cunard Lot
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)

6. Bishop’s Landing
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
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)

8. Foundation Place
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)

9. Nova Centre Parking Garage
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

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.


OR, walk, bike, take the bus or ferry! Visit Halifax Transit for a full list of routes and schedules, or make use of one of over 15 Park and Ride locations.