Accessibility in Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia is full of exciting—and accessible—things to do. Below, check out our Accessible Halifax information to help plan your visit.

Come on in and discover why Halifax is the most welcoming place in the world.

FIND ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION FOR:

ACCESSIBLE ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

AMBASSATOURS GRAY LINE

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TOURS: We are devoted to providing guests with the best tour experience. This year, we have introduced a new Harbour Hopper which allows for wheelchair accessibility for one wheelchair per tour. 

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SERVICE & GUIDE DOGS: While we do not allow pets or other animals on board, we most certainly do allow trained service and guide dogs on board.

CRUISE GUESTS: Should visitors be arriving by cruise ship, they may contact their cruise line who will request a private shore excursion quote from Ambassatours Gray Line (dependent on vehicle availability). Visitors can customize the tour from 3-7 hours in length.

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ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA

1723 Hollis Street, Halifax

All areas of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax are wheelchair accessible. If assistance or a wheelchair is required, please visit their information desk upon arrival.

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CANADIAN MUSEUM OF IMMIGRATION AT PIER 21

1055 Marginal Road, Halifax

All floors of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 are wheelchair accessible. The elevator floor numbers are shown in Braille.

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HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY

 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax

The Halifax Central Library is universally accessible and includes features such as: elevators, low counters, wheelchair accessibility and assistive technology.

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HALIFAX CITADEL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

5425 Sackville Street, Halifax

The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is wheelchair accessible, including the ramparts, the Army Museum, most ground-level exhibits and the washrooms. Audio-visual films are closed-captioned.

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HALIFAX SEAPORT FARMERS’ MARKET

1209 Marginal Road, Halifax

The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is wheelchair accessible, and has elevators to access the second floor of the building.

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HARBOUR HOPPER TOURS

The new Harbour Hopper allows for wheelchair accessibility for one wheelchair per tour. We require guests to contact us a week in advance so we ensure the schedule reflects the additional time to load and unload, and that the properly trained staff are on this tour.

Please contact us directly with any questions regarding accessibility on the Harbour Hopper at 902-490-8687.

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MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC

1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax

All spaces in the The Maritime Muserum of the Atlantic are wheelchair accessible and also have a wheelchair accessible washroom facility.

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SCOTIABANK CENTRE

1800 Argyle Street, Halifax

The Scotiabank Centre is a fully accessible venue.

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ACCESSIBLE TRAILS

HALIFAX WATERFRONT BOARDWALK

Facilities:

  • washrooms
  • benches
  • parking lot
  • boardwalk
  • picnic tables

Length of trail: 4.4 kilometres

Time to complete: 40-50 minutes one way

Trailhead location: Multiple access points along the waterfront on Upper and Lower Water Streets.  Boardwalks run from Pier 21 (Marginal Road/Terminal Road access) to Casino Nova Scotia (Upper Water Street).

Linear or loop: Linear

Surface: Wooden boardwalk, partially paved

MAP

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SHUBIE CANAL GREENWAY

Note: Some sections are wheelchair accessible, but not all.

Facilities:

  • washrooms (Monday to Friday)
  • benches
  • parking lot
  • picnic tables

Length of trail: 9.25 KM

Time to complete: 3 hours one-way

Trailhead location: Fairbanks Centre Shubie Park, 54 Lock Road, Dartmouth. Turn off from Waverley Road.

Surface: Crusher dust and pavement

MAP

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ST. MARGARET’S BAY RAILS TO TRAILS

Facilities:

  • parking lot
  • benches
  • picnic tables

Length of trail: 32 KM

Time to complete: 2 days

Trailhead location: There are 3 trailheads. The first is located at the western end of the trails, on Station Road in Hubbards. The 2nd, at the Head of St. Margaret’s Bay on Station Road. The 3rd, at the eastern end on Highway 3 at Hubley.

Surface: Crusher dust

Linear or loop: linear

MAP

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POINT PLEASANT PARK

Facilities:

  • washrooms
  • picnic shelters
  • benches
  • picnic tables
  • parking lot
  • boardwalk

Length of trail: Varies

The park is 75 hectares (185 acres) and has 39 KMs of trails. The perimeter loop is 3.36 KM

Time to complete: varies

Trailhead location: Parking lots at the end of Point Pleasant Drive and Tower Road

Surface: Crusher dust, wood chips, partially paved

MAP

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CHAIN OF LAKES TRAIL

Facilities:

  • benches

Length of trail: 7.25 KM

Time to complete: 2 hours one-way

Trailhead location: Starts on Joseph Howe Drive across form the Superstore.  It continues through Bayers Lake Business Park and ends at the Lakeside Business Park where it connects to the Beechville Lakeside Timberlea Trail.

Linear or loop: linear

Surface: Crusher dust and asphalt

MAP

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ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE VEHICLES AND VESSELS

100% of Halifax Transit buses are accessible low floor (ALF) models and all of Halifax Transit’s ferries are accessible.

Halifax Transit offers wheelchair and mobility scooter orientation sessions to familiarize passengers with how board and use these apparatuses on buses. Contact the Citizen Contact Centre toll-free at 311 to request an orientation.

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ACCESS-A-BUS

Access-A-Bus is a shared ride, door-to-door, transit service for persons who are unable to use the conventional transit system due to physical or cognitive disabilities.

Learn more or view the Access-A-Bus User Guide [PDF]

SERVICE ANIMALS

Customers who require the support of a service animal are permitted to bring their service animals into all Halifax Transit facilities and on all vehicles and vessels. For the safety of all customers, service animals must be securely leashed and under the care and control of the owner at all times.

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AUTOMATED STOP ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stop announcements are programmed messages that play onboard and outside of the bus. By announcing bus stops, Halifax Transit provides a more user-friendly and accessible transit service to our riders. Through audio and visual cues, hearing or visually impaired riders know exactly where they are in their journey and when they are approaching their desired stop meaning they no longer need to rely on the bus operator or other passengers for information during their trip.

Stop announcements help our hearing and visually impaired transit users through audio and visual cues on a digital screen inside the bus, meaning that riders no longer need to rely on the bus operator or other passengers for information during their trip.

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TRAFFIC INFORMATION FOR HEARING & VISUALLY IMPAIRED

ACCESSIBLE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING SIGNALS

LOCATIONS WITH ACCESSIBLE PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS

ACCESSIBLE DINING


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