Where it happens

Join us in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Welcome to Nova Scotia

Located in eastern Canada and almost completely surrounded by the ocean, Nova Scotia is a place where you can feel yourself relax. Let yourself adjust to the pulse of the ocean and immerse yourself in the beauty, culture, great people and food of the region.

Halifax is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia and the largest municipality within Atlantic Canada. A major business center in the region which is also known for its maritime history. It is one of the world's largest deep-water harbors. The city rises from the waterfront to the star shaped Citadel, a fort completed in the 1850s. The Halifax Citadel offers amazing views of the city and its Waterfront.

A popular downtown public space is the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, which stretches approximately three kilometres and integrates several squares and monuments. The waterfront warehouses, known as Historic Properties, recall Halifax's days as a trading hub for privateers, notably during the War of 1812. Also notable is the Halifax Common. It was granted for the use by citizens in 1763 and is Canadas oldest public park. Centrally located on the Halifax peninsula, the wide fields are a popular location for sports and concerts. The Halifax Public Gardens, closeby, is a Victorian era garden formally established in 1867 and designated a National Historic Site in 1984.

Peggy's cove, which is a short distance away from Halifax, is an often visited landmark. Peggy's Cove is home to the world famous lighthouse, and SwissAir Flight 111 Memorial.

The Halifax area has a variety of wonderful spaces ranging from urban gardens and public squares to expansive forested parks and historic sites. Halifax is also known for its numerous pubs and craft-breweries along with the local love of bands. "Haligonians" will be more than happy to share their city with the visitors to our conference.

Find much more information about Nova Scotia here.

Atlantica Hotel

The Atlantica Hotel is located across the street from the Halifax Common, a short walk from the Public Gardens.

  • Recently renovated
    230 guestrooms spread over 14 stories, available in three room categories.
  • Seasons by Atlantica
    Full service restaurant and lounge, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with an expansive wine list and live entertainment Thursday and Friday.
  • Parking
    Underground, heated and secured parking available over four levels with valet service upon request.
  • Wireless Internet
    Complimentary service throughout hotel common areas, event spaces and guest rooms.
  • 4 Green Key Designation
  • Swimming pool
    Large indoor swimming pool, children's wading pool, Whirlpool, sauna and fitness center.
  • Laundry
    Coin operated laundry and on-site dry cleaning service.
  • Car Service
    Complementary downtown car service available (M-F, 7:30-9:30am and 5:30-7:30pm).
  • Business centre
    24-hour free printing, faxing and photocopying.
  • Coffee
    Complimentary fresh coffee available from 5am until 7am daily.


Atlantica Guestrooms are spacious (approximately 300 sq. ft), featuring one king or two double beds. The rooms offer all the amenities you would expect to find in a Canada Select Four Star hotel and are newly refreshed to include:

  • Complementary Services
    Local calls, coffee, wireless Internet and a daily delivered newspaper (Mon-Sat).
  • Triple-sheeting bedding package
  • Clock radios with iPod connection
  • NEST bath products
  • LCD flat screen television with cable
  • In-room mini fridge


For all AHS Regional 4 Conference attendees, a special rate applies if you book before June 27th, 2018. To book your room, please click here and the special rate will automatically be applied. You may also make your reservation by phone. Call 1-902-490-3338 and use the code "AHS Regional 4 Conference". You can use the same number for additional guestroom assistance.

  • Atlantica Guestroom: CAD $145*
    Based on Single or Double Occupancy.
  • Parking: 50% off*
    Discount for overnight parking in underground, secured parking garage.

*Plus applicable federal, provincial, local taxes

Getting There

Whether you are travelling by car, motorcycle or RV or sitting back and relaxing on a train or bus, you'll be amazed at the scenic beauty and friendly folks you'll meet along your travels in Nova Scotia. If you'd rather be there faster, you can also fly of course.

By Ferry

Arrive by sea by ferry and bring your car, motorcycle or RV. For booking and more information visit Bay Ferries.

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By Car

Most visitors make their way to Nova Scotia by car. The main entrance point is Amherst as you enter the province via New Brunswick. There is an excellent Visitor Information Centre in Amherst.

By Bus

Greyhound from New York and Voyageur from Montreal connect with Maritime Bus which serves Atlantic Canada. At Amherst, intraprovincial bus lines link most major communities.

By Train

VIA Rail Canada provides transcontinental train service; there is a station in Halifax. Call toll-free 1-888-842-7245.

By Air

Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) is located approximately 33km/20mi from the capital city of Halifax. It contains pre-clearance for U.S. Customs and is the Atlantic Canadian hub for all domestic, regional and international services. Visit the Halifax Stanfield airport website to view a list of airlines providing flight options to Halifax. Scheduled and chartered air service into Nova Scotia is available from all major Canadian cities and from all major United States cities through connecting hubs in Boston, Newark, Chicago and Philadelphia.

To get from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to the Hotel, there are limousine services, car rentals from international car rental agencies, as well as an airport shuttle service. Car rental companies are located in the lower level of the airport.

Shuttle Service

Various shuttle options are available, some of which are listed below. Please contact them to arrange your trip.