The 18th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering

Conference Venue

The main conference will be held at the new Halifax Convention Centre at 1650 Argyle Street. in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Workshops and Tutorials will be held at Dalhousie University, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Ave. in rooms 2190 (tutorials) and 2198 (workshops).

The reception will be in the Great Hall, University Club, Dalhousie University, 6259 Alumni Crescent.

The banquet will be in the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, 5425 Sackville St.

Ground Transportation

Airport Ground Transportation information

Public bus connecting the city with the airport: MetroX 320: Airport/Fall River, Route 320 Schedule, Route 320 Map If the MacDonald bridge is closed, the bus makes a stop at the Dartmouth bridge terminal, then comes to Halifax taking the MacKay bridge, adding about 15min to the trip. If you need to take a taxi, here are two taxi companies you can call: Casino: +1 902 429 6666, Yellow Cab: +1 902 420 0000. Uber does not operate in Halifax. Bus #1 southbound crosses the city, and stops on Barrington, 50m north of the corner with Duke. Its late night stops there weeknights are 1035, 1050, 1105, 1120, 1135, 1150, 1205, 1220, 1235. It is likely to come faster than a taxi, and drop you off walking distance from your accommodation. Bus #10 crosses the South End, in case you have an AirBnb there. Same stop as #1, late night stops weekdays 1009, 1039, 1109, 1139,1209, 1239.

Halifax Transit


August is peak tourist season time in Halifax, and reasonably priced accommodation may be unavailable if you leave your hotel booking until the last minute. So you are strongly encouraged to book your accommodation as soon as possible.

The following two downtown hotels have reserved until July 30, a limited number of rooms each for ACM / DocEng 2018 attendees. Please contact the hotel directly for making your reservation and request the ACM / DocEng 2018 group rate.

Additional hotels and accommodation options, plus public transit and parking information, are available here.

About Halifax

Halifax (/ˈhælɪfæks/, locally /ˈhɛlɪfæks/), legally known as the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. The municipality had a population of 403,131 in 2016, with 316,701 in the urban area centred on Halifax Harbour [3][4]. The regional municipality consists of four former municipalities that were amalgamated in 1996: Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, and the Municipality of Halifax County. Halifax is a major economic centre in Atlantic Canada with a large concentration of government services and private sector companies. Major employers and economic generators include the Department of National Defence, Dalhousie University, Saint Mary's University, the Halifax Shipyard, various levels of government, and the Port of Halifax. Agriculture, fishing, mining, forestry and natural gas extraction are major resource industries found in the rural areas of the municipality. Halifax was ranked by MoneySense magazine as the fourth best place to live in Canada for 2012, [5] placed it first on a list of "large cities by quality of life" and placed second in a list of "large cities of the future", both conducted by fDi Magazine for North and South American cities [6]. Additionally, Halifax has consistently placed in the top 10 for business friendliness of North and South American cities, as conducted by fDi Magazine [7] . more

Other Nearby Attractions

Here are a few things in town that you may find interesting (from Stan Matwin):

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 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.

Walk the Halifax Waterfront

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:

Fine Coffee with Views Over the City and its Environs

If you are a coffee lover you cannot do better than to visit Pavia: the little coffee shop on the 5th floor of the new Halifax Central Library. The Library is a new building that has won universal acclaim for its friendly, innovative and functional design. The coffee shop on the top floor has a view out over the city, the harbour, MacNab's Island and all the way out to sea. Address: 5440 Spring Garden Road. Hours: Monday–Thursday: 8am–9pm; Friday & Saturday: 9am–6pm

Ride the Harbour Hopper

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. The Harbour Hopper leaves from a waterside location at the bottom of Salter Street, but you will need to make a booking in advance. The price is $35 and tours leave hourly every day. For online bookings visit:

Dining Nearby

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