COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

For the most up-to-date information on gathering limits and public health guidelines visit here.

Halifax Waterfront

Please continue to follow any recommended public health guidelines. Please review current gathering limits (indoors and outdoors).

You are encouraged to wear a mask when not able to properly distance. Keep the three Cs in mind: caring, community, and common sense. If you are running or cycling, please exercise extra caution when passing pedestrians and maintain as much physical distance as possible.

Continue to put your feet (your paws, your wheels) to work along the 4km of boardwalk, while following the Province’s current guidelines. This helps to ensure your waterfront remains a safe space for fresh air, exercise, and perspective and a place to enjoy and support our local businesses and partners. The waterfront play structures are open at this time.

For the most up-to-date provincial information about COVID-19, click here.

Develop Nova Scotia’s waterfront operations

Develop Nova Scotia remains fully operational and have an active presence on the Halifax waterfront.

Here is what we’re doing to maintain access while prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and community:

  • 24/7 security services continue
  • Cleanliness and safety checks of all waterfront properties throughout the day
  • Seating has been added back in as safe to do so
  • We know busking adds to the vibrancy of our waterfront and city. Our Busking Program remains in place at this time.

For the most up-to-date provincial updates on COVID-19, please click here.

2021-22 Events

We continue to work closely with our events partners on the Halifax and Lunenburg waterfronts, following any current public health guidelines.

For the latest event information on the Halifax waterfront, click here.

For the latest event information on the Lunenburg waterfront, click here.
Please ensure you are checking current provincial guidelines and gathering limits.

You can also follow our Facebook page for event information.

Seasonal Businesses

Our seasonal businesses on the Halifax waterfront are open for the season. They follow current provincial health guidelines as well as those from all pertinent regulatory agencies.

Please ensure you are wearing a mask when not able to properly distance.

Food and beverage kiosks may be take out (or delivery only – will vary depending on business). Please move along once you pick up your order.

There is a mix of seating along the waterfront to enjoy the views and your purchases.

Also check out your favourite patios and restaurants and please follow any physical distancing guidelines they have in place.

Enjoy your waterfront responsibly.  


Our public washrooms at Salt Yard on the Halifax waterfront remain open.

The washrooms will be professionally cleaned and sanitized multiple times daily, with the final cleaning including an extra sanitization step. This takes place using an electrostatic disinfecting spray.


Please note: Hourly, daily and nightly paid parking on the Halifax waterfront is in effect. More information on locations and rates is available here.

Parking revenue is reinvested to create and maintain high-quality public spaces for people to enjoy and to support family friendly events (when safe to do so). 


For information on our marina season and contact information, please visit our Halifax and Lunenburg waterfront marina pages.

Current Work Environment

Staff are working onsite and remotely. We remain fully operational and our office is open to the public. If you need assistance, here is how you can contact us:

Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative

Develop Nova Scotia is focused on advancing existing high-speed Internet projects as quickly as possible in underserved areas across the province. We are making good progress and continue to work with qualified providers to reach as many remaining underserved as possible. Our goal is to bring access to connections to as close to 100% of Nova Scotian homes and businesses as possible. Click here to read more on the project and some common questions and answers.

Procurement Updates

Under the guidance of the Province, the Develop Nova Scotia staff are all working remotely and we remain fully operational. We recognize that this may be the case for potential suppliers. As such we have made the following changes to our procurement process during this time:

  • Tender Closing Dates: check carefully for addendums as some may have been adjusted
  • Effective immediately, all submissions are to be delivered electronically (by email) to Hard copy submissions (mailed) or faxed copies will not be accepted. Submission and file details can be found here.

Updated September 2021


Halifax Waterfront

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TIANS and the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades Step Up to Support Peggy’s Point Lighthouse

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Proposed Seawall Trail in Northern Cape Breton

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Patio Lanterns Festival

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Exploring Georges Island - 2021 Season

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Lunenburg's Working Waterfront - Projects and Progress

Thanks to everyone who joined the virtual 17th Annual Lunenburg Waterfront Association Symposium on June 24/21.  With community and project updates from the Lunenburg Waterfront Association Inc. and Develop Nova Scotia, attendees also heard from guest speaker Inbal Newman – Picton…

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Province Invests in Revitalizing Sydney's Downtown Core

A $3 million investment to revitalize Sydney's downtown core to help support local businesses and attract new investment in the heart of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

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