Halifax Information

What to do in Halifax

Right by the sea and close to nature, with a colourful history and dynamic culture, Halifax is just waiting for you to show you her many sides. Be ready to bring home many great memories!

The Destination Halifax website will give you plenty of ideas! Learn about the many opportunities available by selecting your preferred item below:

Click here to get maps of Halifax.

Click here for Halifax travel guides.

Discover Nova Scotia

You want to extend this into a real vacation??? Then, you will have to discover beautiful Nova Scotia!

Click here to have a look at the Tourism Nova Scotia website.


Banks

Tourists visiting Halifax are able to use their credit and debit cards at ATMs, which can be found almost everywhere, providing a convenient way to exchange currency. Most banks in Halifax are open between Monday and Friday, although their opening hours are slightly shorter than regular shops and stores in Halifax. Some banks are open later or on weekends or Thursday evenings.


Climate

Climate is moderate. Summer temperatures range from daytime highs of 20-25°C (68-77°F) to evening lows of 10-14°C (50-57°F).

Check current Halifax weather conditions.


Fee to enter Canada (for foreign visitors)

Effective March 15, 2016, some travellers may need to fill out an eTA - electronic travel authorization - before boarding a flight to Canada. To complete your application for an eTA, you will need your passport, a credit card and an email address. An eTA costs $7 CAD and is valid for up to five years. Click here for a video tutorial or click here to complete an eTA application.


Languages

The official language of the Annual Meeting will be English. We do not foresee simultaneous translation.


Liability

The Canadian Urological Association, its Organizing Committees and Professional Congress Organizer shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered participants of the 2018 Annual Meeting.


Sales Taxes

Nova Scotia has a 15% HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) that combines PST (Provincial Sales Tax) and GST (Goods and Services Tax). This tax is applicable to most goods, purchased gifts, food/beverages and services in Ontario. Visitors from outside Canada may be entitled to claim a rebate of the HST paid. For rebate forms and more details, visit Canada Revenue Agency.

In addition of the HST, the Halifax hotels will add a Destination Marketing Program fee (DMP) of 2%.


Tipping

Some hotels include tips or gratuities with group programs to simplify bookkeeping. This usually includes gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. In a hotel, bell service should be tipped about $1 per bag, and housekeeping $1 to $5 dollars a day (in proportion to your room rate). Visitors should know that the standard tip in restaurants is 15%, with 20% for very outstanding service. Tip taxis about 10%, and a dollar a bag they carry for you (not just unload), or at the very least round fares up to the nearest dollar. Tipping is customary in bars, restaurants, salons/spa and taxis.


Other information

  • Halifax area code is 902.
  • The time zone in Halifax is Atlantic Time.

Contact us

  • CUA CORPORATE OFFICE
    185 Dorval, Suite 401
    Dorval, QC
    H9S 5J9
    Canada
  • (514) 395-0376
    Fax (514) 395-1664

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Future Dates

  • 75th CUA | June 27th-29th, 2020
    VICTORIA, BC
  • 76th CUA | June 26th-28th, 2021
    NIAGARA FALLS, ON
  • 77th CUA | June 25th-27th, 2022
    CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI
  • 78th CUA | June 17th-19th, 2023
    MONTREAL, QC