Conference Venue

The CNSM 2019 and its co-located Workshops / Tutorials will be held at the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites at 1515 South Park Street in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, from October 21st to 25th, 2019.

The CNSM 2019 Welcome Reception will be at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, 5425 Sackville Street, on October 22nd, 2019, starting at 18:30.

The CNSM 2019 Banquet will be at the Murphy’s on the Water, 1751Lower Water Street, on October 23rd, 2019, starting at 18:30.

Ground Transportation

Airport Ground Transportation Information

Currently, Uber and Lyft do not operate in Halifax. However, you can rent a car, take a taxi/cab available curbside in the arrivals area (it is flat rate – C$64 including HST tax – or you can pre-arrange / book it if you would prefer), or use public transportation (C$22 for Airport Express, or C$3.50 for #320 bus), from the airport to the conference venue or downtown Halifax.

Halifax international airport is around ~40km (~25 miles) outside of Halifax and it can take close to an hour in rush hour traffic. During regular times of the day, it is around 30-45 minutes by taxi / cab. Using public transportation is cost effective but can take considerably longer.

It is easy to catch a taxi / cab anywhere downtown at the public taxi stops or you can call one to your location. Here are two taxi companies you can call: Casino: +1 902 429 6666, Yellow Cab: +1 902 420 0000.

About Halifax

Halifax (/ˈhælɪfæks/, locally /ˈhɛlɪfæks/), legally known as the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. Halifax is a major economic centre in Atlantic Canada with a large concentration of government services and private sector companies. More

A Brief Halifax Harbour Cruise

If you have a bit of time and would like to see Halifax from the water then you could consider taking the ferry across the harbour from Halifax to Dartmouth. As part of our public transit system this service is very reasonably priced ($2.50) and takes 12 minutes for the crossing. Depending on the time of the day, the ferry comes every 15 minutes, or every 30 minutes. You could spend a bit of time in Dartmouth and take the ferry back again, or you could consider a longer excursion involving walking back across the MacDonald Bridge. On a fine day it's a beautiful trip.

You can also hop onto one of the Harbour Hopper tours and see Halifax both from the land and the sea. This is a guided bus tour of Halifax with a twist: the bus is an amphibious vehicle that not only drives along the historic streets and avenues but drives straight into the harbour to continue the tour from the water.

For online bookings visit: There are many other sightseeing tours (historic to whale watching) that you can choose from:

Walk the Halifax


Halifax is a port city with a long military and industrial heritage. In recent years much of the waterfront has been reclaimed for pedestrians with a scenic boardwalk, shops, restaurants, buskers and attractions for tourists. This is a popular place to take a walk or to spend some time looking out over the water. For further details:

Dining Nearby

The Coast Halifax Restaurant List

Other Nearby Attractions

Conference Venue Lord Nelson Hotel is on the corner of Spring Garden Area, which is a dynamic and vibrant neighbourhood at downtown Halifax with lots of option to dine and shop! Some of the popular shops on Spring Garden Road are: Roots, Lululemon, Lolë, Park Lane Mall and many others.

Just across the road from Lord Nelson Hotel is the Halifax Public Gardens. It is the oldest Victorian Garden in North America. Officially opened in 1867, the Public Gardens has retained the original Victorian character!

What’s more, Discover the Halifax Waterfront, just a 10 to 15 minutes downhill (!) walk from the conference venue. Explore the most visited attraction :-)

Events in Halifax in October 2019: