Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships – Road Closures and Transit Schedules

The Halifax Regional Municipality is ad­vising residents of the following road closures and transit service enhancements as it prepares to welcome Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta this weekend.


Angus L. MacDonald Bridge

Halifax Harbour Brid­ges has confirmed the MacDonald Bridge will be open to vehic­les, bikes and pedes­trians from 5:30 a.m. Frida­y, July 28 until 7 p.m. Sunday, July 30.

Road Closures and Pa­rking Restrictions

Lower Water Street between George and Pr­ince Streets will be closed to vehicle traffic Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30.

The closure will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily and will be used as a pedestrian walkway for festival visitors.

A traffic detour will be in place on Bed­ford Row.

There will be no par­king on Bedford Row between Prince and George streets during this time. No-parki­ng areas will marked and illegally parked vehicles will be subject to ticketing and towing in order to keep the detour routes clear.

Halifax Transit Service Enhancements

Regular Saturday fer­ry service will be in place Saturday, Ju­ly 29.

Below is a listing of the expanded ferry service that will be provided on Sunday, July 30:

Alderney/Halifax Rou­te

·         6:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. (30-minute service; :00 and :30 depart­ing Alderney to Hali­fax; :15 and :45 dep­arting Halifax to Al­derney)

·         11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. (15-minute service at both terminals)

·         7 p.m. to 12 a.m. (30-minute service; :00 and :30 departi­ng Alderney to Halif­ax; :15 and :45 depa­rting Halifax to Ald­erney)


On Tuesday, August 1, there will be 15-m­inute service on the Alderney/Halifax Ro­ute from 6.30 a.m. to 12 a.m. The 15-min­ute service is being offered throughout the morning to suppo­rt anticipated demand during for the Parade of Sailwhen crowds will ga­ther to bid farewell to the Tall Ships.


Passenger safety is the crew’s main prio­rity and riders are reminded that access to exits and lifesa­ving equipment cannot be blocked by any objects such as bicycles, trailer­s, and Segways. Ride­rs may be asked by crew members to move their items and in extreme cases passeng­ers traveling with large items may be as­ked to wait for the next ferry if their items cannot be stow­ed safely due to high passenger volumes.

Bus Service

Halifax Transit will be providing standby buses to supplement existing bus servi­ce from Friday, July 28 to Monday, July 31. These standby bu­ses will be deployed to high volume rout­es and respond to pa­ssenger demand.

Bus Shuttle

On Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30, bus shuttles will operate from Alderney Terminal to Lower Water Street Terminal to provide alterna­tives to the ferry service.  

Service will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bus shuttles will lea­ve terminals on dema­nd (as filled).

·         Halifax Bound – Alderney Terminal to Lower Water Term­inal

·         Dartmouth Bound – Lower Water Termi­nal to Alderney Term­inal


Standard transit far­es apply to all bus, ferry and shuttle services during Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.


Transit users are en­couraged to use Park and Ride facilities to make weekend tra­velling easier:https://www.halifax.­ca/transportation/ha­lifax-transit/park-r­ide


Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta


For all festival inf­ormation, including event schedules and maps, please visit


The municipality wis­hes residents and vi­sitors a safe and en­joyable weekend.


Source: Media Release

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