What you need to know for the Canada Day Weekend!

There’s so much on the go for the Canad Day weekend! There’s fireworks, pancake breakfasts, music, activities, and great weather to boot!

Looking for something to do in HRM? CLICK HERE for the city’s event page!

Also see below for other things you should know to help plan a bad as* weekend!

Halifax Transit Bus and Ferry Services

Free, all-day Alderney ferry service.

On Sunday, July 1st it’ll run from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Ferry passengers are encouraged to bring a food or monetary donation in lieu of fare payment to support FEED NOVA SCOTIA.

There will be no Woodside service on Canada Day, July 1. Woodside ferry service will operate on the following schedule on Monday, July 2: 7:37 a.m. to 9:07 p.m.

Halifax Transit buses will be operating on Sunday service on Canada Day, Sunday, July 1 and on Holiday service on Monday, July 2.

CLICK HERE for detailed holiday schedules by individual bus or ferry

Solid Waste Collection and Facility Hours

There will be no changes to curbside collection for the Canada Day holiday.

Collection services will occur as usual on Monday, July 2.

The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility, the Halifax recycling facility and municipal composting facilities will be open on Monday, July 2.

The Household Special Waste Depot in Bayers Lake will be closed on Saturday, June 30, and will re-open for regular operating hours on Saturday, July 7.

CLICK HERE for more information on the municipality’s solid waste management program visit

Recreation Facilities, Programs and Services

Municipal beaches and the outdoor pools at the Halifax Common, Bedford (Shore Drive) and Cole Harbour (Colby Drive) officially open to the public on Sunday, July 1.

There are a variety of beaches across the Halifax region, many of which are supervised by trained lifeguards, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of beaches, outdoor pools and splash pad locations.

Beginning Saturday, June 30 all splash pads, with the exception of the Common splash pad, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily.

The Halifax Common pool and splash pad will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Canada Day.

The Emera Oval is open on Canada Day.

CLICK HERE for a detailed schedule

Many other municipally-operated recreation facilities will be closed on Canada Day, Sunday, July 1.

Residents are advised to call ahead to their respective facility for operating hours and program information.

CLICK HERE for contact information for municipally-operated facilities.


On-street metered parking spaces are free on Canada Day, Sunday, July 1, however motorists are reminded to abide by other posted signage such as no-parking zones.

Customer Contact Centres

The 311 Contact Centre will be operating on regular hours on Sunday, July 1 (9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and Monday, July 2 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

The five Customer Service Centres that provide in-person access to municipal services and payments will be closed on Monday, July 2, re-opening for regular business hours on Tuesday, July 3.

CLICK HERE for more information on Canada Day performances, best firework viewing locations and more.


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