Travel Information

Useful Travel Information

The workshop will be on the beautiful campus of the University of King’s College (6350 Coburg Road, Halifax NS).



By car, the most popular route to King's College from the Halifax International Airport is along Route 102 (Bicentennial Drive), which brings you into downtown Halifax via Bayers Road. If you're coming from the United States, you can reach Nova Scotia by driving through New Brunswick.


Halifax International Airport, a modern and convivial airport has daily arrivals from many North American and European cities. The airport is approximately a 20-minute drive from the King's campus. Car rentals, taxis and limousines, a new shuttle system (round trip $40) can be used to get from the airport to Halifax peninsula where the University is located. If you choose to take a taxi, be sure to ask the driver about the special rate available to people travelling between King`s and the airport.

There is now a new accessible city bus route  (bus #320) with limited stops between the airport and downtown Halifax (Albermarle Street) (Cash fare: Adults: $3.25; Children/Senior: $2.50. Upon boarding the airport bus, you may ask for a $1.00 transfer that will give you access to other city buses for the next 90 min.). On weekdays during peak hours (betwen 5:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.), the bus departs from the airport every 30 minutes. It departs from the airport only once every hour for off peak hours and on weekends (see schedule). Note that you can only take carry-on luggage on the city bus. Once you have arrived downtown, you can take the #1 bus (in the direction of Mumford), which goes right past King’s.

Bus Routes and Ferry

The Metro Transit bus system offers a number of low-floor accessible bus routes and a ferry service between Halifax and Dartmouth (a cheap way and nice way to go for a small tour on the harbour; cash fares for buses and ferries: Adult: $2.25; Senior&Child: $1.50). When boarding a bus or the ferry, you can request a free transfer that will give you free access to any bus route or ferry service for the next 90 min. For more information on how to access the bus routes in Halifax, visit:

The main bus route going from most major hotels in downtown Halifax to the campus is bus route #1 which is completely accessible. Bus signs indicate for each stop what accessible routes are available at that spot. For bus routes between specific places, visit Google Transit for Halifax or see the schedules and maps at:

Parking on Campus

Please check with the Alexandra Hall residence front desk concerning availability of temporary parking passes for on-campus parking. Call just prior to your arrival (902-422-1271), or visit the reception desk in-person, located inside the front door of Alexandra Hall. If on-campus parking is unavailable, you may park on the streets surrounding the campus (ask our staff for advice for free, long-time street parking!) or in the paying parking lots surrounding King's.

University of King’s College Map ( also at :

Link to an interactive campus map of our sister institution Dalhousie University:






Special Physical Accommodations

The conferences rooms, bathrooms, and lunch hall are wheel-chair accessible. The New Academic Building's entrances are wheel-chair accessible. The wheel-chair accessible entrance of the Arts and Administration Building is located on the side of the building giving on the New Academic Building

A number of accessible ground transportation services (including public buses) are accessible in Halifax. For more information, visit the airport's webpage for travellers with special needs.

Below is a list of websites that we hope will be of interest for those attending the meeting.




General topic


Nova Scotia tourism

 Good overview of what tourist destinations are available in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia tourism

 Practical info. Their annual Doers and Dreamers Guide is useful: get at airport or order on line.


 Overview guide to Halifax

Nova Scotia Museum

 Group of 27 museums dealing with some aspect of Nova Scotia life. Admission fees usually inexpensive: good value and interesting, suitable for families or groups of adults.

Uniacke House

 Built 1815, unusual collection of Wedgwood china

Prescott House

 Built 1811, apple orchards, Annapolis Valley farming

Parks Canada: the national park system in Canada

 Lots of info relating to national parks (well-marked trails, various educational programmes) such as Kejimkujik Park Cape Breton Highlands Park and national historic sites such the Halifax Citadel.

Hiking in NS

 Comprehensive, detailed info. “Take a Hike” (scenic destinations) especially good.

[no website]

Google it or get brochure at airport

Hall’s Harbour, NS

 Artsy town on the Bay of Fundy. Excellent view of Fundy tides. Can also take in Evangeline country, Wolfville (Acadia Univ) and Cape Split hike on same trip.

Chester, NS

 Interesting little town (1769). Take ferry to Big Tancook Island for an adventurous excursion (bring picnic or have a ‘scallop burger’ at only restaurant on island). Chester Race Week, Canada's largest keel boat regatta, is August 12-15, 2009.

Lunenburg, NS

 UNESCO Heritage Site (settled 1753). Active town but has a museum-like quality. Good restaurants.

Shelburne, NS

 Intended to be the United Empire Loyalist metropolis of British North America but failed; numerous 18th-century houses, interesting museums

Annapolis Royal, NS

 One of the oldest settlements: rich Acadian heritage; Historic Gardens; Fort Anne; tidal generating station for electricity + related links

Parsboro fossil site

 Geological history of Nova Scotia is fascinating. Need permit to dig fossils at Parsboro.

Sea kayaking

 Cannot vouch for any of these: great fun but kayak at your own risk!


 Very popular. Note that Nova Scotia is not flat and thus touring requires a reasonably high degree of fitness.



 Closeness to ocean tends out outweigh restaurant’s ambience in terms of lobster-goodness


 Guide throughout Nova Scotia, good-to-excellent restaurants, typical local food (either moderate cost or good value)


 Surprisingly good wines produced in Nova Scotia: try l’Acadie Blanc which resembles sauvignon blanc

Google to suit your needs

Rental cars

 Best to arrange ahead of arriving in Nova Scotia: none might be available at airport. Rental cars can be arranged for pick-up in Halifax (in case needed just for after the conference).