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Stopover Halifax: FAQs


Have questions about what a Halifax Stopover is or about the destination? We may have an answer for you!

Use this page to find answers to any questions you might have about your upcoming trip to Halifax or how to book a Halifax Stopover!


What is a Stopover program?

A Stopover Program allows passengers to extend their travels by stopping over in a connecting city en-route to/from their destination to explore what the city offers through curated experience packages

How do I book a Stopover flight to Halifax?

There are two ways to book a stopover in Halifax:

1. Book through your travel agent.

2. Book through WestJet by calling the WestJet Contact Centre at 1-888-937-8538 (press 3). Ask to book a "Gateway City Stopover." In this case, Halifax is the gateway city.

Can I book a Stopover flight to Halifax online?

Currently, the only ways to book a stopover in Halifax is through your travel agent or by calling WestJet directly.

Can I add a Halifax stopover to a previously booked / existing flight?

A stopover in Halifax can only be added to new flight bookings.

Which airlines / destinations are eligible for this program?

Regardless of airline, if you have a connection in Halifax with at least 7 hours (aka a "layover"), there are several experiences you can choose from. Currently WestJet is the only airline offering routes for a "Halifax stopover" up to 7 days with no additional airfare.

Which cities/airports can I fly in and out of?

North American Destinations:

  • Toronto (YYZ)
  • St. John’s (YYT)
  • Ottawa (YOW)
  • Vancouver (YVR)
  • Winnipeg (YWG)
  • Edmonton (YEG)
  • Calgary (YYC)
  • Montreal (YUL)
  • Gander (YQX)
  • Orlando (MCO)

European Destinations:

  • Dublin, Ireland (DUB)
  • Gatwick, England (LGW)
  • Glasgow, Scotland (GLA)
  • Paris, France (CDG) (resumes May 2020)

How long can I stopover for?

You can stop in Halifax for anywhere from 7 hours up to 7 days.

Why should I stop over in Halifax?

If you have extra time between your North American and Europe flight to visit Halifax (at no extra cost) we highly recommend you do so!

Halifax is an extremely fun, walkable city, surrounded by nature and ocean. You can do a lot in one day - or you can easily fill a full seven days - no matter whether you choose to stay in Halifax, or venture out to explore other Maritime destinations.

How do I get to and from the Halifax airport?

There are multiple ways to get to and from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, from taxis and shuttles to public transportation and car rentals. For the full list, click here!

What is there to do while I'm in Halifax?

There is so much to do in Halifax, and whatever you are into, you'll find it here!

For a collection of the best experiences ranging from "Highlight Hitters" to "Ultimate Foodies," visit Handpicked Halifax.

Where should I stay?

Deciding where to stay in Halifax depends on what you are looking for from your vacation.

If you want to be walking distance to all the major attractions, eateries and things to do in the city, we recommend staying in the Downtown Halifax region.

If you are renting a vehicle or are comfortable with public transit and a little extra walking, the North End, West End or Dartmouth are all great regions to stay during your visit (all of which are just 5-10 minutes from Downtown Halifax).

If you prefer to stay further outside the city, closer to nature, hiking and beaches, we recommend staying at one of the many B&Bs in the Peggy's Cove Coastal Region, Bedford-Sackville, or the Eastern Shore. Then of course, in the Airport Region there are plenty of hotels conveniently located nearby for ease and convenience to your flight.

Visit our accommodation page and filter by region for more details.

Take advantage of the ALT Hotel Airport Stopover Discount!

The offer: A special guest room rate for anyone that books in conjunction with the Stopover Package. The room features one queen bed and a bottle of local Nova Scotia wine for you to enjoy while relaxing in this ultra-comfortable room prior to your departure to your final destination.

Price: $149 plus tax

What's the weather like?

During the Halifax Stopover Season (June - October) you'll experience warm, sunny summers and crisp, colourful falls. However, no matter what the season, you'll always need layers, as the ocean breeze can change the temperature of Halifax significantly.

Check current Halifax weather conditions here!

Are there any special deals for Stopover passengers?

Yes! We have exclusive packages (worry-free 7+ hour layover experiences packages) and discounts specifically for Stopover passengers. You can see them all by clicking the below button.

Who should I talk to if I need help?

There is a live chat button on the bottom right hand corner of the main Stopover Halifax page. Someone will be happy to assist you.

If no one is live, you can expect a response within 24 hours!  

When is this program available?

June 17, 2019 is the official launch date for Stopover Halifax. All of WestJet’s European flights end for the season out of Halifax in late October 2019 and will resume again in the spring of 2020.

I'm having difficulty booking a stopover flight, what do I do?

1. Ensure your origin and destination are eligible under WestJet's "Gateway City Stopover"offer for Halifax.

2. When booking through a travel agent or directly with WestJet, specify you'd like to take advantage of WestJet's "Gateway City Stopover" program to stopover in Halifax with no additional airfare for up to 7 days. 

3. Ask the agent to refer to the Reservation Support Desk for assistance with a "Gateway City Stopover" booking, or ask to speak directly to the Reservation Support Desk.

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