ParkSmart in Downtown Halifax

Unlike Big Foot, you'll be able to find parking in Downtown Halifax!

There are thousands of parking spaces in Downtown Halifax. Yup. You read that right. THOUSANDS. From on-street parking to lots and garages, there are plenty of places to park.

Below you’ll find practical information on parking in Downtown Halifax 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 many parking lots around the Downtown area. Get HotSpot on Google Play or download it on the Apple App Store. Learn more about HotSpot here.  

     

 

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 
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: Use parking as an excuse not to come Downtown - there are plenty of places to park!

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ON-STREET PARKING

On-street parking in Downtown Halifax has changed from individual meters to pay stations – a pay-by-plate, pay-by-zone system.

New pay stations are installed on-street, and there is a mixture of paid, permit and hour parking in parking zones. New parking technology makes it easier to pay and allows you to pay using credit card, debit card, and smart pay. 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 purchase or maximum time allowed.

On-street parking rates for Downtown Halifax (Zone B) are as follows:

  • 8 am - 10 am:  $2.00 per hour
  • 10 pm - 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

On-street parking is FREE after 6 pm and on weekends and holidays.

See rates by zone here.

Drivers can pay for their on-street parking session by paying at one of the pay stations or with the HotSpot mobile app. HotSpot makes it easy to pay for your parking session right on your phone, PLUS HotSpot pay-per-use fees will be free for the summer of 2021 making it easier than ever to park Downtown (more information on this initiative coming soon).

 

**FREE PARKING FROM 4 – 6 PM ON THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS**

Starting Thursday, June 17, 2021, on-street parking after 4 pm on Thursdays and Fridays will be FREE until Friday, September 10, 2021.

 

Permit parking

Purchase your parking permit will be 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 - 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 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 1:00 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 or concerns they may have about the new on-street parking system. 

LEARN MORE about on-street parking here

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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 (6:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Over night 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

4. 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) 

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

Weekdays:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Rate: $2.00 each ½ hour or less
Maximum for 24 hours: $15.00

Evenings:
5:00 pm to 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. The Bike Room is located underneath the pedway, below the Scotia Square entrance on Barrington Street. The Bike Room includes: parking, lockers, showers, change room, easy access to Scotia Square, repair kit with air pump, secure/card access only. Learn more here. 

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 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. 

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 pernight. 

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 iStall Mobile App

Monthly parking permits 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.

(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)

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)

 

HALIFAX WATERFRONT PARKING

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 for 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 here

 

18. Nova Scotia Power Parking Site 
Morris Street (at Lower Water Street)

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

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

Violators parked outside of posted community parking hours will be ticketed and/or towed at 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, M-F & 24/7 weekends)

20. THE WESTIN NOVA SCOTIAN
1181 Hollis Street - 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: $20.00 daily
Valet parking fee: $27.00 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 - 24. 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 in for the public in Lot D. 

*There are also many bike racks around the Halifax Seaport area. 

SEE HALIFAX SEAPORT PARKING MAP HERE

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ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR GETTING AROUND DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

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

Learn more about Park and Ride

 

CYLING & WALKING

The Halifax Regional Municipality is working to building a comfortable, convenient network of walking and cycling routes to provide people with options for moving around their communities.  The focus is on connecting people to destinations and making this infrastructure accessible to people of all ages and abilities. By investing in designated infrastructure for walking and cycling, the municipality is contributing to building healthy, vibrant, sustainable, equitable communities across the Halifax region. Learn more here

CYCLING

The Halifax Regional Municipality is implementing a network of connected bikeway facilities that are designed for people of all ages and abilities (AAA). The network consists of protected bike lanes, multi-use pathways and local street bikeways, and is part of developing a safer, more accessible and multi-modal transportation system for the Municipality.

Hollis Street, from Upper Water Street to South Street, has a completed protected bike lane. Brunswick Street, from Duke Street to Spring Garden Road, has a functional planned bike network, and George Street, between Lower Water and Barrington, has a preliminary bike network. Other bike networks are in the process of being designed and completed throughout the Downtown core. See the Integrated Mobility Plan 2022 Regional Centre Bikeway and Network Map here.

Bike racks are located throughout the Downtown area. 

Learn more about Cycling and the Bikeway Network in Halifax here.

CHECK OUT THE HALIFAX ONLINE INTERACTIVE BIKE MAP here. 

WALKING

Downtown Halifax is a very compact and walkable area with many of our major attractions within walking distance of one another. Shops and restaurants, hotels, community spaces, public art installations, major attractions and more, are all located in the Downtown core; and in fact, the Downtown area has a walk score of 98 and is classified as “a walkers paradise” according to Walkscore.com.

A great place to explore by foot is the Halifax Waterfront Harbourwalk. The Harbourwalk runs for over 4.4 km and passes the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, the Discovery Centre, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, restaurants and shops, and has amazing views of the Halifax Harbour and Georges Island. Learn more about the Halifax Waterfront Harbourwalk here

Walking Tip: If you set out to explore the Downtown area by foot, wear comfortable shoes and make sure to grab a cold drink from one of the many restaurants or cafes in the area. 

 

TAXIS & SHUTTLES

Several taxi companies serve the Halifax area, and will take you to and from Downtown Halifax in no time.

 

SPRING GARDEN ROAD AREA

There are plenty of parking spaces in the Spring Garden Road area. 

Visit springgardenarea.com for more information on Where to Park in the Spring Garden Road area. 

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