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A Guide to Accessibility in Halifax

Halifax offers diverse experiences for all, however, navigating the city can be challenging, particularly for those with disabilities. This guide aims to dig into Halifax's current features to enhance accessibility, ensuring inclusivity for all visitors.

Getting Around

  • Halifax Transit:
    • Access-A-Bus Service: Door-to-door transit for those unable to use conventional services due to disabilities.
    • Accessible Low Floor (ALF) Buses: With 96% of the fleet being accessible, mobility-impaired customers can navigate the city easily.
  • Halifax Tours: Tailored experiences for seniors to explore the city’s landmarks. Halifax Tours provides tailored experiences, allowing seniors to discover the city’s landmarks and attractions without worrying about accessibility barriers.
  • e-bike: Convenient scooter rentals for individuals needing mobility aids, making city exploration hassle-free.

Barrier-Free Accessible Attractions

  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: Explore accessible gallery spaces and exhibits, complete with wheelchair access, elevators, and welcoming service dogs.
  • Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21: Discover inclusive exhibits and facilities tailored to diverse needs, featuring accessible theater seating and drinking fountains.
  • Cecilia Concerts: Immerse yourself in sensory-accessible concerts, offered free of charge on selected Sundays at the Halifax Central Library.
  • Halifax Public Gardens: Enjoy tranquil green spaces equipped with wheelchair-accessible pathways. Limited wheelchairs are available for public use at the Horticultural Hall.
  • Halifax Waterfront: Take leisurely strolls along scenic pathways by the harbor, with accessible amenities for all to enjoy.
  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic: Dive into immersive exhibits with accessibility features like wheelchair access, automatic doors, and elevators for an inclusive experience.
  • Museum of Natural History: Engage with engaging exhibits featuring ramp access, sensory maps, and sensory-friendly experiences every Sunday.
  • Neptune Theatre: Experience performances with wheelchair seating and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted shows on selected dates. Enjoy relaxed performances for a quieter atmosphere.
  • Peggy’s Cove: Take in breathtaking coastal views from the accessible viewing deck, welcoming to all visitors.

Resources

The Access 2 Card

Easter Seals Canada Access 2 Card program offers free admission for the companion of those visitors with permanent disabilities who require the assistance of a support person at hundreds of participating entertainment, cultural and recreational venues across Canada.

Access 2 participants in Halifax include:

  1. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  2. Canada Games Centre
  3. Canadian Museum of immigration at Pier 21
  4. Discovery Centre 
  5. TD Halifax Jazz Festival
  6. HRM Recreation and Pools
  7. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
  8. Museum of Natural History
  9. Neptune Theatre
  10. Steele Wheels Motor Museum
  11. The Stage