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Climate

Nova Scotia is known as a place where the four seasons are refreshingly distinct. Average daily temperatures in the summer range from 16°C to 24°C (60.8°F to 75.2°F).

In late July, when the conference will be held, daytime temperatures are mild, but it is recommended that you bring warm clothing for evening activities. Also, if you are planning to visit coastal locations, please note that the temperatures may be a bit cooler near the water. For current weather conditions and forecasts for the Halifax region, please visit Environment Canada’s website.

Currency and Banking

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 found at the airport, the visitor information centre and various other locations around Halifax. You can also exchange currency at financial institutions throughout Nova Scotia.

Most banks are open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, and some are open on Saturdays. Automated banking machines and debit services are widely available.

Time Zone

Nova Scotia is on Atlantic Daylight Time, which is four hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time and one hour later than North America's Eastern Time Zone. Daylight Saving Time is in effect annually from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November.

Getting Around

Halifax is very pedestrian friendly, with pleasant downtown parks and green spaces. Halifax Metro Transit offers bus services around the city, and also operates a ferry service between Halifax and Dartmouth. Taxis are also readily available, with stands located outside of most hotels.

If you are getting around by driving, please note that speed limits and distances are posted in metric. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit within urban and residential areas is 50 km/h and on the highways it is 100 km/h. It is legal to turn right on a red light after making a full stop, unless otherwise posted.

Map of Halifax . . .