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Dalhousie University is located in the south end of peninsular Halifax. The conference hotels are a fifteen minute walk to the main conference venue; The Marion McCain Arts & Social Science Building, 6135 University Ave.

Map of the South End of Halifax:

3D-map of South End Halifax and Campus [PDF]; includes markups for conference venues.
Air Travel

Halifax International Airport (YHZ) is located approximately 35 kilometres from south end Halifax, and takes about 30 to 45 minutes to drive by car.


Taxi and limousine services are available curbside in the Domestic Arrivals area for all arriving flights. A one-way trip to Halifax city center is $53.00 (Canadian) by taxi.


Airporter Inc. provides shuttle service to and from hotels in the Metro Area. Core hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. daily. Regular rates for the Airporter service are $16.00 (Canadian) one way or $28.00 (Canadian) for a return ticket. Children under 10 years of age accompanied by an adult ride for free. For more information, call 902.873.2091

Rental Cars
  • AvisCar Inc. - 902.429.0963
    Reservations - Canada: 1.800.879.2847
    Reservations - USA: 1.800.331.1212
  • Budget - 902.492.7551
    Reservations: 1.800.268.8900
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car - 902.873.4700
    Reservations: 1.800.261.7331
  • Thrifty / Dollar Automotive Group - 902.873.3527
    Reservations - Dollar: 1.800.800.4000
    Reservations - Thrifty: 1.800.847.4389
  • Hertz Canada Limited - 902.873.2273
    Reservations: 1.800.263.0600
  • National / Alamo - 902.873.3505
    Reservations - National: 1.800.227.7368
    Reservations - Alamo: 1.800.522.9696
Car Travel
  • From the airport take Highway 102 towards Halifax/Dartmouth.
  • From Highway 102, take Highway 118 to the Highway 111 towards the Murray MacKay Bridge.
  • The toll for the bridge is $0.75 (it must be three quarters, the toll booth on the far right can make change if required).
  • Once over the bridge take Robie St.
  • The Holiday Inn Select (1980 Robie St): proceed on Robie St just past Quinpool Road (5th set of lights).
  • The Lord Nelson Hotel (1515 South Park St): proceed on Robie St and turn left on Spring Garden Road (7th set of lights on Robie); proceed on Spring Garden Road and turn left onto South Park St (2nd set of lights).
  • Howe Hall Residence (6230 Coburg Rd): turn right on Coburg Rd also at the 7th set of lights on Robie (Coburg becomes Spring Garden Rd at Robie). Howe Hall is on the left in the fifth block on Coburg Rd
  • Main conference venue, (McCain Building, 6135 University Ave), proceed on Robie St and turn right on University Avenue (8th set of lights on Robie). The McCain building is on the right in the fourth (short) block Metered parking is available in the next block of University Ave. Parking permits ($7/day or $28/wk tax included) are available from the security office in the basement of the McCain building
Train Travel

VIA Rail Canada's "The Ocean" links Montreal and Halifax. The Ocean leaves Montreal in the evening, and travels along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. Continuing southwards across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the train reaches Halifax in mid-afternoon. In the other direction, the Ocean leaves Halifax in the afternoon, and arrives in Montreal the next morning. The Ocean runs every day except Tuesday. The VIA station adjoins the Westin Hotel and is about a 25 minute walk from the main conference venue.


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