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Halifax Events Halifax hosts festivals and events year-round, with some outstanding offerings at the height of summer. The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo , held in early July, is an extravaganza featuring military music, pageantry and precision drills as well as dance and athletic competitions. Crack military units from around the world perform, and the traditional Naval Gun Run Competition pits Canadian naval teams against one another in a contest that involves dismantling, transporting and reassembling a cannon.

Halifax International Busker Festival/Cate Moir
Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Festival celebrates the birthdays of both the Halifax and Dartmouth communities. The festival consists of entertainment, sports activities, family events, breakfasts and fireworks. The civic holiday occurs in the last week of July or first week of August. Street performers entertain visitors during the Halifax International Busker Festival . Jugglers, acrobats and musicians are just a few examples of the line-up appearing over the 10-day event held in August.

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Halifax, NS

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Travel Information

City Population

921,727

Elevation

42 ft.

Sales Tax

Nova Scotia’s Harmonized Sales Tax is 15 percent. In addition, a 2 percent accommodations tax is charged for rooms in properties offering 20 or more rentable rooms.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(902) 490-5020

Fire (non-emergency)

(902) 490-5530 or 311

Hospitals

Halifax Infirmary (QE II Health Sciences Centre), (902) 473-2700; Dartmouth General Hospital (in Dartmouth), 902-465-8300.

Visitor Information

1655 Lower Water St. Halifax, NS B3J 1S2. Phone:(902)424-4248

Air Travel

Halifax Stanfield International Airport is 21 miles north at 1 Bell Blvd., Enfield, NS; phone (902) 873-4422.

Rental Cars

Six rental car companies service Halifax Stanfield International Airport and can be found in the arrivals area.

Rail Service

Rail service is offered with VIA Rail Canada at 1161 Hollis St.; phone (888) 842-7245.

Buses

Maritime Bus has two locations. The Halifax airport location is open daily 10-10; phone (800) 575-1807. The VIA Rail Canada station, 1161 Hollis St., is open daily 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; phone (902) 429-2029.

Taxis

A taxi or limousine ride from the airport to Halifax’s city center costs about $63. Numerous companies serve the area.

Public Transportation

Halifax Transit offers bus service with nearly six dozen routes in Halifax and nearby rural areas. Fare $2.50-3.50; $1.75-$2.75 (ages 5-15 and 65+); free (ages 65+ Tues. 10-3:30 and after 6 p.m.). Exact fare is required. You must request a transfer at time of boarding. Phone (902) 480-8000 for bus departure details or 311 for general information.

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