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Halifax Waterfront Marina

Our sailing season generally runs from May to October. Step off your vessel and onto the town. If you’re looking for seaside fine dining or curbside fish and chips, gallery exhibits or nightlife, you’re docked in the heart of the city and it’s all here for you. The Halifax waterfront offers more than 1 kilometre (.6 mile) of public berth space including over 457 metres (1500 feet) of floating docks. We’re a proud member of the US Superyacht Association and ready to welcome you to our waters.

Some items to explore!
Boating Guide to Nova Scotia
Halifax Marina Visitor’s Guide
Lunenburg Marina Visitor’s Guide
2017 Atlantic Boating Guide

Public Berthing

Daytime berthing is FREE with your registered Berthing Pass (must have pass to register). Visit our Marina Toolkit for more information about free daytime berthing and overnight berthing.

(Note: Cable Wharf South Side, and Queen’s Wharves North (South Side) are not available for berthing during the 2017 season, with the Queen’s Marque project underway).

Overnight Berthing

We offer competitive rates on overnight berthing. Vessels 24.4 m (80 ft.) or less:  $1.75 + HST/ft. Vessels greater than 24.4 m (80 ft.):  $3.00 + HST/ft.

(Note: Cable Wharf south side, and Queen’s Wharves North (South Side) are not available for berthing during the 2017 season, with the Queen’s Marque project underway).

Atlantic Canada’s First Blue Flag Award Winner

As Atlantic Canada’s First Blue Flag recipient in 2012, the Halifax waterfront is recognized for meeting high environmental standards and continues to receive this recognition annually. Blue Flag is a highly respected international eco-label (administered in Canada by Environmental Defence) that works towards the sustainable development of beaches and marinas.  Please review our Waterfront Development Marina Code of Environmental Conduct.

Visiting Ship Program

As part of our Visiting Ship Program, ships and crew from around Canada and the world visit our waterfronts in Halifax, Bedford and Lunenburg. Through this program, the public has an opportunity to learn more about the vessel and often take advantage of free public boardings. Past visits have included Tall Ship Gloria (Colombia), Tall Ship Cuauhtemoc (Mexico), Schooner Katie Belle (Canada), USCGC Eagle (US), STS Lord Nelson (UK), MV Planet Solar (Switzerland), Sedna IV (Canada), Bluenose II (Canada), Tall Ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway), and Tall Ship Esmeralda (Chile). Contact our Marina Office at marina@wdcl.ca for more information.

Ferry

North America’s oldest continuous salt-water ferry system is a distinctive feature of the historic Halifax Harbour. Travelling between Dartmouth (from both Alderney Landing and Woodside) and Halifax, the ferries crisscross the harbour daily and have become modern day icons of our region. Learn more about the Halifax ferries.

Water Taxis (Seasonal)

Harbour Water Taxi
Anchored by King’s Wharf in Dartmouth, the Harbour Water Taxi is fast, safe, and fun method of travel in the way we’ve always done it here in Nova Scotia—by sea. Whether you’re commuting to work, meeting friends for a day of shopping, or planning an evening on the town, the Harbour Water Taxi will get you there in style, comfort, and ease.

Chebucto Water Taxi
An on call service with option to book in advance. Offering a variety of pick up and drop off points, as well as sightseeing tours.

Marina Toolkit

Cunard Seawall
60.9 m (200 ft.) seawall
Maritime Museum Wharf
45 m (150 ft)
McNabs Island
45m (150 ft) floating dock
Purdy’s Wharf
27.4 m (90 ft.) floating dock
Salter Boardwalk
130 m (426 ft.) seawall
South Battery Pier (near Bishop’s Landing)
85.3 m (280 ft.) floating dock
Summit Seawall
37.7 m (124 ft.) floating dock
Tall Ship Quay
106.6 m (350 ft.) seawall

Contact the Marina Office for a pass number before submitting this form
* is a required field


Contact Details

Vessel Details



Terms & Conditions:
  • Pass must be clearly displayed on a window or windshield in order to be visible by WDC marina staff.
  • Free Daytime Berthing Pass entitles your vessel to short term visitation to the Halifax, McNabs Island, Bedford and Lunenburg public berth locations.
  • The pass does not entitle overnight berthing. Overnight berths are available at a reasonable rate. Please contact the marina office to make a reservation.
  • Berths marked as 'Reserved' are not available for daytime berthing.
  • WDC reserves the right to reduce availability of berth space as required by special events (i.e. Tall Ships).
  • Free Daytime Berthing Pass is restricted to non commercial, recreational vessels.
Note: The privacy rights of online visitors to our Website are fully protected by Nova Scotia's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any personal information collected from visitors relates directly to the operation of programs and will not be used for any other purpose. To obtain access to or correct personal information you have submitted, use this form to send your request.

PLEASE NOTE
Overnight booking requests for the Halifax waterfront are tentative at this time. Once we finalize our berthing plan for the season we will confirm. Thank you.


Please complete the online reservation request form below if you are interested in berthing overnight or for a longer term stay. Please complete the form and note preferred waterfront in the Preferred Location section.


Vessel Details

Extra Information

 





Terms & Conditions:
  • Pass must be clearly displayed on a window or windshield in order to be visible by WDC marina staff.
  • Free Daily Berthing Pass entitles your vessel to short term visitation to the Halifax and Bedford public berth locations.
  • The pass does not entitle overnight berthing. Overnight berths are available at a reasonable rate. Please contact the marina office to make a reservation.
  • Berths marked as 'Reserved' are not available for daily berthing.
  • WDC reserves the right to reduce availability of berth space as required by special events (i.e. Tall Ships).
  • Free Daily Berthing Pass is restricted to non commercial, recreational vessels.
Note: The privacy rights of online visitors to our Website are fully protected by Nova Scotia's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any personal information collected from visitors relates directly to the operation of programs and will not be used for any other purpose. To obtain access to or correct personal information you have submitted, use this form to send your request.
Parking

Pay & Display parking is located at various locations along Lower Water Street and close to the boardwalk.

$3/hour   ·  $16/day (8am to 6pm)   ·    $6/night (6pm to 8am)

Power Service

Please inquire with our Marina Office for available berths with power and applicable rates. 30, 50, 100 and 200amp services are available for overnight berths in select locations.

Security

General security is provided 24/7 along the Halifax waterfront. Please contact the security office at 902.471.5070 or email security@wdcl.ca for assistance or after hours arrival check in.

Waste Disposal

Waste and recycling locations are available for visiting vessels.

Water Service

Water is available for overnight visiting vessels at select locations. Please inquire with our Marina Office.

Wireless Internet

Nova Scotia’s most visited destination is wireless. The Halifax waterfront offers free wireless service in key public areas from the Cable Wharf to Tall Ships Quay.

Find out what waterfront events are taking place, look up restaurant menus, check the hours of your favorite store or make your overnight berthing request.

Bedford Waterfront Marina

Welcome to our waters.

Spectacular views of the cityscape and coastline and a seaside trail make the Bedford waterfront an unforgettable destination.

Please note that the floating docks in Bedford are closed for maintenance and repairs. Our Daytime Berthing and Overnight Berthing programs are temporarily unavailable on the Bedford waterfront. The Recreational Small Boat Launch at South Jetty is available.

Please visit our main Marina Page for berthing options on the Halifax and Lunenburg waterfronts.

Some items to explore!
Boating Guide to Nova Scotia
Halifax Marina Visitor’s Guide
Lunenburg Marina Visitor’s Guide
2017 Atlantic Boating Guide

Marina Toolkit

Parking

Parking is located at various locations along the Bedford waterfront.

Recreational Small Boat Launch – South Jetty
Lunenburg Waterfront Marina

Explore our port of call.

Welcome to Lunenburg’s historic waterfront. Our picturesque waterfront is home to tall ships, schooners, dories, fishing vessels and floating docks. Our marine season generally runs from May to October.

We’re a proud member of the US Superyacht Association and ready to welcome you to our waters.

Some items to explore!
Boating Guide to Nova Scotia
Halifax Marina Visitor’s Guide
Lunenburg Marina Visitor’s Guide
2017 Atlantic Boating Guide

Public Berthing

Daytime berthing is FREE with your registered Berthing Pass (must have pass to register). Visit our Marina Toolkit for more information about free daytime berthing and overnight berthing fees.

Overnight Berthing

$1 + HST/ft

Visiting Ship Program

As part of our Visiting Ship Program, ships and crew from around the world visit our waterfronts in Halifax, Bedford and Lunenburg.  Through this program, the public has an opportunity to learn more about the vessel and often even take advantage of free public boardings. Past visits have included STS Lord Nelson (UK), MV Planet Solar (Switzerland), Sedna IV (Canada), and Tall Ship Esmeralda (Chile). Contact our Marina Office at marina@wdcl.ca for more information.

Marina Toolkit

Fisheries Museum Wharf
Contact Us
Marina Wharf
13.7 m (45 ft.) available at the floats
Zwicker Wharf
82.2 m (270 ft.) floating docks

Contact the Marina Office for a pass number before submitting this form
* is a required field


Contact Details

Vessel Details



Terms & Conditions:
  • Pass must be clearly displayed on a window or windshield in order to be visible by WDC marina staff.
  • Free Daytime Berthing Pass entitles your vessel to short term visitation to the Halifax, McNabs Island, Bedford and Lunenburg public berth locations.
  • The pass does not entitle overnight berthing. Overnight berths are available at a reasonable rate. Please contact the marina office to make a reservation.
  • Berths marked as 'Reserved' are not available for daytime berthing.
  • WDC reserves the right to reduce availability of berth space as required by special events (i.e. Tall Ships).
  • Free Daytime Berthing Pass is restricted to non commercial, recreational vessels.
Note: The privacy rights of online visitors to our Website are fully protected by Nova Scotia's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any personal information collected from visitors relates directly to the operation of programs and will not be used for any other purpose. To obtain access to or correct personal information you have submitted, use this form to send your request.

Please complete the online reservation request form below if you are interested in berthing overnight or for a longer term stay. Please complete the form and note preferred waterfront in the Preferred Location section.


Vessel Details

Extra Information

 





Terms & Conditions:
  • Pass must be clearly displayed on a window or windshield in order to be visible by WDC marina staff.
  • Free Daily Berthing Pass entitles your vessel to short term visitation to the Halifax and Bedford public berth locations.
  • The pass does not entitle overnight berthing. Overnight berths are available at a reasonable rate. Please contact the marina office to make a reservation.
  • Berths marked as 'Reserved' are not available for daily berthing.
  • WDC reserves the right to reduce availability of berth space as required by special events (i.e. Tall Ships).
  • Free Daily Berthing Pass is restricted to non commercial, recreational vessels.
Note: The privacy rights of online visitors to our Website are fully protected by Nova Scotia's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any personal information collected from visitors relates directly to the operation of programs and will not be used for any other purpose. To obtain access to or correct personal information you have submitted, use this form to send your request.
Parking

Parking is located along the streets and at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

Power Service

Please inquire with our Marina Office for available berths with power and applicable rates.

Security

General web cam security is provided along the Lunenburg waterfront.

Waste Disposal

Waste and recycling locations are available for visiting vessels.

Water Service

Water is available for overnight visiting vessels at select locations. Please inquire with our Marina Office.

Wireless Internet

Free Wi-Fi is available along the Lunenburg waterfront. Plus be sure to check out the Lunenburg Waterfront Walking Tour app.