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  • Pavilion 20 - The Cruise Plaza
    Pavilion 20 - The Cruise Plaza
    by pieter_jan_v
  • 101 - 102 split up
    101 - 102 split up
    by pieter_jan_v
  • HALIFAX HARBOUR HOPPER
    HALIFAX HARBOUR HOPPER
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    US Customs and Immigration

    by GentleSpirit Updated Mar 6, 2013

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    Halifax is one of the airports in Canada that has US Customs and Immigration pre-clearance. You do the formalities in Canada, of course under the watchful eye of American personnel and so when you get to the States your flight in effect becomes a domestic flight and you won't have to clear customs and immigration again. Works out nicely. Saves a huge amount of time and hassle. Well done!

    This service is only available from 5 am to 5 pm, so if your flight is later you must make sure that you have passed American security during the times they are open

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    Arriving by Cruise ship

    by pieter_jan_v Written Oct 18, 2012
    Pavilion 20 - The Cruise Plaza

    Halifax cruise terminal and infrastructure has been upgraded the last decade.
    The Hailfax Port Authority now controls this part of the waterfront (the Halifax Seaport) and the boardwalk now spans the waterfront from pier 20 to downtown Halifax.

    The Pier 20 Pavilion is the called the Cruise Plaza and there you find everything for the cruise.

    More shops are at Pavilion 22; the Cruise Pavilion.

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    The Toll Bridges

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Angus L. MacDonald Bridge

    The shortest ride by car from the airport will bring you to one of the 2 bridges that span the Halifax Harbour: the A. Murray MacKay bridge or the Angus L. MacDonaldBridge. Both bridges are toll bridges (CAD 0.75).

    You can avoid the bridges by just following the 102 highway and go around the Bedford Basin. That's a 40 km ride from the airport.

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    Halifax Tours

    by ARVNSTL Written Sep 9, 2009

    On a cruise ship or ships day...Sept /Oct..some days 5 ships...150 or more buses..90% of them going to Peggys Cove ..Last place on the Planet you what to be.. BUSES and a Lighthouse...There is a Lighthouse on Georges Island.(exactly th same style) your ships Dock right by it...A real 300 year old fishing village is only 20 min away ..Eastern Passage (Fishermans Cove) ..NO BUSES....Lobster..off the boats ..in the pot ..on the plate..When you arrive in Halifax..Check out the Limousines staged outside the Pier..All Limos.. 8 pass Stretchs..6 Pass Lincoln Navigators..4 Pass Lincoln Town cars or Cadillacs..ALL offer..3 hour NARRATED Tours with Tourism Industry of Nova Scotia Certifed Drivers/Narrater who would love to show you and tell you about very Beauiful and very Historic City..in comfort..See ALL that Halifax has to offer.....Stop for pictures when you want and were you want.. See everything but Peggys Cove..

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    CAB TO / FROM HALIFAX AIRPORT

    by Tricky_Dicky69 Written Jun 17, 2007

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    We caught a cab from the airport into Halifax and again for our flight home. The price was very reasonable and both drivers were very friendly, helpful and were more than happy to answer our questions and give us some really useful tips and information.

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    Harbour Hopper

    by Tricky_Dicky69 Written Jun 17, 2007

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    HALIFAX HARBOUR HOPPER
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    For a different way to get around Halifax try The Harbour Hopper.

    The Harbour Hoppers are refitted ex-military Lark V amphibious vehicles capable of traveling on land and water so after touring the town it's into the water for a short cruise around the harbour.

    Ticket office is right on the waterfront just near Cable Wharf.

    Check out the web site for more details.

    Well worth doing.

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    More Bikelanes!

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 13, 2006

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    Bikers protest

    On some streets there are bikelanes (painted on the tarmac), but that is not enough. Bicycles grow popular in Halfax and people demand more lanes.

    If you want to bike in Halifax, bring in an ATB, because the from the harbour up it's very steep.

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    Downtown parking

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 13, 2006

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    Halifax: MetroPark parking

    Downtown parking is not that easy. Most spaces are paid parking.

    The bigger hotels have indoor parking, but at a price.

    The MetroPark garage is one of the most convenient ones downtown.
    500+ spaces on seven levels.
    Open 24 hours.

    CAD 1,00 for the first 20 minutes
    CAD 2,00 for each subsequent hour
    CAD 6,00 Weekend and evening rate up to six hours.
    CAD 14,00 Maximum charge up to 12 hours

    Location: 1557 Granville St

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    Inbound - Outbound: How to get to Halifax

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Nov 26, 2006

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    Outbound left & right
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    Sometimes signs may be confusing to newcomers. There are 2 highways -102 from the South & 111 from the North- going to downtown Halifax. For this reason outbound can be going right and left at the same time depending which highway you take.

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    Travelling by car

    by victorwkf Written Jun 5, 2006

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    Travelling by car is a convenient way to move around Halifax and to surrounding attractions such as Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg etc. The contacts of the various car rental companies are at the website below, and they have counters at the Halifax International Airport. However, you should be more cautious especially driving in slippery winter conditions if you are not used to it.

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    Travelling outside Halifax

    by victorwkf Written May 14, 2006

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    The car for my travels in Nova Scotia, Canada
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    If you want a customised tour to visit famous places outside Halifax (such as Lunenburg, Peggy's Cove etc) which is operational all year around, I would recommend the Tall Tale Tours. They have customised tours from 1 to 6 people to famous places around Halifax and you can contact Mr Robert Young at tel: (902)8309179 or email talltaletours@ns.sympatico.ca

    Robert is very friendly and I enjoyed the trip very much. The car used is also very spacious and comfortable (see photograph). More tips and photographs of Peggy's Cove, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg are at my VT Peggy's Cove, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg pages respectively.

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    Use Your Feet

    by Cashee Updated Mar 16, 2004

    If you come to Halifax via plane, you are going to have a bit of a drive ahead of you beofre you actually get into the city. If you are on a budget, you can take a shuttle bus that makes stops at many of the hotels in Halifax. I think it costs under $15 cdn. Otherwise, hop in a cab and it will probably cost about $35 cdn. If you want to rent a car then you can do that at the airport if you like.

    If you arrive via train, you will be right in the city and you can even walk to your choice of hotels if your travelling light.

    As far as getting around in Halifax goes, it is not a big city so you can walk almost every where.

    If you'd like to go over to Darmouth for a little while then just hop on the ferry down at the waterfront; it only costs a buck or two.

    If you want to go anywhere outside of Halifax (ex. titanic grave yards or Peggy's cove) then you will definitly want to rent a car.

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  • I travelled around Nova Scotia...

    by PrairieDee Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I travelled around Nova Scotia using the SMT bus www.smtbus.com and using a private shuttle van (to get to PEI) and by taking trips organized through the hostel.
    In Halifax take the Halifax to Dartmouth ferry (it is part of the regular bus service) as a great tour of the harbour.

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    Planes arrive via the Halifax...

    by cjdewolf Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Planes arrive via the Halifax International Airport, which is a hell of a long way out of a town. Catch a cab and take it to your hotel from there. Trains arrive at the station near South and Barrington; catch a cab downtown, or you can walk north on Barrington if you don't have a heavy load.
    When you're in the city, WALK! Halifax is so compact it takes no time to get anywhere by foot. If you ever get tired, Metro Transit offers an efficient bus service that runs frequently along the major streets. If you want to go out to the South Shore, Annapolis Valley or Peggy's Cove (and by all means, do so, it's worth it), I suggest renting a car for those trips.

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    International Airport. Also...

    by sirpantsalot Written Aug 24, 2002

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    International Airport. Also boat, train, bus, and car.Although when you arrive at the airport it is not very close. It may be a bit less expensive to hire the limo service out in front of the airport than it is to take a cab. Even if it is a bit more....take the limo, I highly recomend it.
    Downtown is by foot or bus if you are in good health. Trips outside of Halifax will require a rental car.

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