About Halifax and the WTCC
Halifax, Nova Scotia is a modern port city located on the second largest natural harbour in the world. Teeming with culture, heritage and natural beauty, Halifax offers a warmth and friendliness that, once encountered, is hard to forget. The World Trade and Convention Centre (WTCC), located at 1800 Argyle Street in the heart of downtown Halifax, will host the Coastal Zone Canada 2014 Conference taking place from June 15 to 19, 2014.
INFORMATION CENTRES AND WEBSITES
Visitor Information Centres are located at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and on the Halifax Waterfront at Sackville Landing. Information on Halifax and Nova Scotia is also available on the following websites:
- novascotia.com, Nova Scotia’s official tourism website
- Destination Halifax, the tourism marketing organization
of the Halifax Regional Municipality
Halifax Stanfield International Airport is a 30-minute drive from Halifax. It contains pre-clearance for US Customs and is the Atlantic Canadian hub for all domestic, regional and international services. Scheduled air service into Nova Scotia is available from all major Canadian, American and European cities. In addition, scheduled charter services are available linking Nova Scotia with many Canadian and European cities.
CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION
Passport and visa requirements for visiting Canada will vary according to your citizenship, residency and purpose for visiting Canada. We recommend you obtain more information before you complete your travel plans by contacting the nearest Canadian Embassy or High Commission, and it is recommended that you also contact your country's Customs/Immigration office for information on identification required to re-enter the country when you return home. Citizens of the United States (U.S.) traveling between the U.S. and Canada now require a valid U.S. passport, Air NEXUS card or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner document. For up-to-date information for visitors from the Canadian Border Services Agency, see http://www.cbsa.gc.ca or call 1-800-461-9999 (within Canada) or (506) 636-5064. Information on visas for temporary residents can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website (http://www.cic.gc.ca) or by calling 1-888-242-2100. In the U.S. refer to http://www.travel.state.gov.
Metro Transit operates a full bus and ferry schedule within the Greater Halifax area. The Halifax/Dartmouth ferry departs every 15 or 30 minutes from each side of the harbour on weekdays and half-hourly on Saturdays and holidays. The Halifax ferry terminal is located at the foot of George Street. The Dartmouth ferry terminal is on Alderney Drive at the foot of Ochterloney Street.
Speed limits and distances are in kilometres, not miles (1 km = 0.62 miles). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit within urban and residential areas is generally 50 km/h (31 mph) and on the highway, 100 km/h (62 mph) or 110 km/h (68 mph). Unless otherwise posted, it is legal in Nova Scotia to turn right on a red light, after making a full stop. Seat belts are compulsory. Driving under the influence of alcohol is against the law.
It is against the law in Nova Scotia to use a hand-held cellular phone, or text messaging device, while driving. Under this law, you may only drive and talk on a mobile phone by using the hands-free function. You may still use a cell phone to report emergency situations.
A note to drivers: there are two toll bridges in Halifax / Dartmouth, the A. Murray MacKay Bridge and the Angus L. MacDonald Bridge. Toll required for a single crossing (one direction) is $1.
POPULATION (numbers estimated 2012)
Halifax Regional Municipality: 414,000
Nova Scotia: 949,000
Both of Canada's official languages - English and French - are spoken throughout Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia is on Atlantic Daylight Saving Time annually from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November. Atlantic Daylight Saving Time is three hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time.
CLIMATE AND WEATHER
In Nova Scotia, average daily temperatures in June are 16° - 24° C (60.8° - 75.2° F). For approximate temperature conversion, use this easy calculation:
Fahrenheit > Celsius: subtract 30 and divide by 2.
Celsius > Fahrenheit: multiply by 2 and add 30.
Nova Scotia's weather forecasts are produced from Environment Canada's Weather Services. For current weather conditions: in Halifax, call 426-9090 (English) and 426-9095 (French) for a recorded forecast.
The area code 902 must be dialled for long distance calls into or within Nova Scotia.
Call 911 (for police, fire and hospital emergencies); for details, see the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office (EMO) website at http://emo.gov.ns.ca.
Visitors to Canada are strongly urged to obtain health insurance before leaving their home country. Canadian hospital and medical services are excellent, but a hospital stay can be costly without adequate insurance coverage. Visitors taking prescribed medications are advised to take a copy of the prescription should it need to be renewed during the trip.
CURRENCY AND BANKS
Canada's currency is based on the decimal system, with 100 cents to the dollar. You can exchange your currency for Canadian dollars at authorized currency exchange counters in Halifax, and at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. You can also exchange currency at banks, credit unions and trust companies throughout Nova Scotia. For up to date currency rates, see http://www.xe.com.
Banking hours vary. Most banks are open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while others are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some banks are open on Saturday. Banks are closed on federal public holidays. Automated banking machines and debit (e.g., Interac, Cirrus, and Plus) services are widely available.
A majority of stores, restaurants and accommodations throughout Nova Scotia accept major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Debit (bank) cards are readily used (Interac, Plus and Cirrus networks). Credit and debit card charges will appear on the purchaser's statement, converted to the home currency.
SALES TAX AND REBATES
The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is applied at a single rate of 15% to a base of goods and services. If you are a non-resident (non-Canadian) sponsor, organizer, exhibitor, incentive house, or a participant in an event, you may be eligible for a rebate of this tax. Foreign visitors may also be entitled to claim a rebate of the HST paid. For rebate forms and more detailed information, click on http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca to link to the Canada Revenue Agency. Accommodations in Halifax charge a Hotel Levy of 2% on room rates to assist in marketing of Halifax as a business and leisure destination.
Final Program and Abstracts now available
Thank you to
Free and Open
Oral and Poster Presentation Instructions
Rt Hon Paul Martin,
Dr. Francis Zwiers,
Timothy Kearns and
Dr. Susan Avery -
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the Coast !
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