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All hotel reservations should be made through a conference link exclusive to OCEANS 2024 Halifax conference attendees. MCI USA is the OCEANS 2024 official housing and conference services provider. Directly support OCEANS 2024 by booking within the block at the lowest rate available. You’ll stay amongst your OCEANS Community peers, gaining valuable network connections inside and outside the convention centre.

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Explore & Discover Halifax

Welcome to our OCEANS Conference 2024 Host Region!

As Canada’s Ocean City, Halifax offers ocean innovators and companies from around the world access to a deep and diverse ecosystem of customers, partners, and suppliers.

Located on North America’s East Coast, Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia (pop. 480,600) and the educational, cultural, and economic hub of Atlantic Canada. Halifax is a prime location for moving goods in and out of North America, travelling to and from international destinations, and delivering services across time zones. On top of that, the city offers an excellent east coast lifestyle that attracts top talent from around the world.

With a growing and increasingly diverse economy, booming local tech community, and universities and colleges driving R&D, Halifax is supporting the growth and success of over 500 ocean sector companies – including the most ocean tech startups in Canada. Nova Scotia’s ocean economy generates approximately $6 billion annually (13.5% of the province’s GDP). Areas of expertise include marine transportation, marine defence and security, ocean science and observation, acoustics, sensors and instruments, and offshore and coastal energy.

Halifax is a global centre for marine R&D and innovation with ocean-technology accounting for approximately one third of total R&D among Nova Scotia businesses. Dalhousie University is a world leader in ocean research and education, while The Bedford Institute of Oceanography is Canada’s largest ocean research centre with over 600 scientists, engineers, and technicians.

The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) brings together an expansive network of innovators, collaborators, researchers and investors that are propelling the development and growth of Canada’s marine technology sector. Halifax is also a key partner in Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, an industry-led transformative cluster model that drives cross-sectoral collaboration, accelerates innovation, and grows Canada’s ocean economy in a way that has never been done before.

Major players in Canada’s ocean economy are located in Halifax including Irving Shipbuilding – the most modern shipbuilder in North America currently building Canada’s next generation of combat vessels – Lockhead Martin, MetOcean, and Kraken.

Halifax has a strong Maritime Naval history and presence. The city is home to Maritime Forces Atlantic, the naval branch of the Canadian Forces, which is a key contributor to marine defence and security and a major employer and economic driver. CFB Halifax is the largest military base in Canada serving a workforce of approximately 7,500 military and 2,300.

Testimonial:There are so many opportunities in Halifax. A few notable ones would be the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Marine Renewables Projects, and Canada’s Ocean Supercluster.  All showcase the immense possibility for long-term, sustainable business here.” – Andrew Palmer, General Manager, MacArtney Underwater Technology

Find out more about Halifax’s ocean economy at www.canadasoceancity.com

Download / link to Halifax Ocean Sector Profile: HP Ocean Sector 2023 (1).pdf

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Getting There

Flying In

The Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) is your gateway to the OCEANS 2024 venue. This airport offers excellent connectivity, and you’ll find various transportation options to reach your destination.

Alternative Airports

While Halifax Stanfield International Airport is the primary choice, there are alternative airports within a reasonable driving distance:

  1. Moncton Airport (YQM): Located approximately a 2.5-hour drive from Halifax.
  2. Saint John Airport (YSJ): About a 3-hour drive from Halifax, Saint John Airport is another alternative for travellers

OCEANS 2024 Venue

The OCEANS 2024 conference will take place at the Halifax Convention Centre, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Halifax.

Halifax Convention Centre

1650 Argyle Street

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 0E6

Phone: (902) 421-8686

Directions

Travelling from the airport

  • If you’re driving from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, follow signs for Highway 102 South towards Halifax.
  • Merge onto Barrington Street via EXIT 0B toward Halifax/Downtown.
  • Continue on Barrington Street, then turn right onto Sackville Street.
  • Finally, turn left onto Argyle Street, where you’ll find the Halifax Convention Centre on your left.

Local Transportation

Halifax offers an efficient transportation network to explore the city and the surrounding areas. You can use taxis, rideshare services, public buses, or even explore the city on foot, as many attractions and restaurants are within walking distance of the convention centre.

2024 Visa Letter

If you need a visa to attend, your registration confirmation email will include a link to a questionnaire. Completing this questionnaire will provide us with the additional information required to create a Letter of Invitation for you.

OCEANS 2024 Visa Information

Nova Scotia Attractions & Weather

Halifax, Nova Scotia: Your Gateway to Ocean Exploration

Halifax is a vibrant city with a rich maritime heritage and a thriving ocean industry. Whether you’re a marine researcher, technologist, student, engineer, military personnel, or government official, Halifax has something to offer everyone.

Weather in Halifax & Forecast

Halifax experiences a temperate maritime climate, making it an ideal year-round destination. In September, you can expect pleasant temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F). It’s a comfortable time to explore the city and enjoy outdoor activities.

To plan your activities accordingly, keep an eye on the weather forecast for Halifax in September 2024. Visit a trusted weather source for up-to-date information on temperature and conditions during your stay.

Attractions and Activities

  1. Maritime Adventures: Halifax is a maritime hub, and you can’t miss the opportunity to explore its waterways. Try kayaking, paddleboarding, or take a scenic boat tour to appreciate the stunning coastline.
  2. Historic Sites: Immerse yourself in the maritime history of Halifax by visiting the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, where you can learn about the city’s military past.
  3. Culinary Delights: Halifax’s culinary scene is booming. Enjoy fresh seafood at waterfront restaurants, savor fusion cuisine, and discover the flavors of the region. Don’t miss the chance to try some delicious local lobster.
  4. Cultural Gems: Explore the city’s cultural heritage at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. For a unique experience, visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 to learn about the immigrant history of Canada.
  5. Peggy’s Cove: Take a short drive from Halifax to Peggy’s Cove, a picturesque fishing village known for its iconic lighthouse and breathtaking coastal views.
  6. Waterfront Boardwalk: Stroll along the Halifax waterfront boardwalk, where you can shop for local crafts, dine at charming cafes, and enjoy street performances.
  7. Casino Entertainment: If you’re looking for nightlife and entertainment, Halifax has several casinos offering gaming, live shows, bars, and restaurants.
  8. Parks and Trails: Enjoy the natural beauty of Halifax by exploring its parks and trails. Point Pleasant Park and Shubie Park are popular choices for outdoor enthusiasts.
  9. Public Gardens: Visit the Halifax Public Gardens, a Victorian-era horticultural masterpiece with meticulously maintained gardens and scenic paths.
  10. Whale Watching: Experience the thrill of whale watching tours, where you can see majestic marine life up close.

Be sure to check out the OCEANS Conference website for information on the Halifax Attractions Pass, which can help you make the most of your visit.

Halifax is ready to welcome you with open arms, exciting experiences, and a deep appreciation for the world’s oceans. Get ready for a memorable and enriching OCEANS Conference in this maritime gem!