Halifax Nova Scotia Temple

The Halifax Nova Scotia Temple is the 64th operating temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Halifax Nova Scotia Temple
DedicationNovember 14, 1999, by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site2 acres (0.81 ha)
Floor area10,700 sq ft (990 m2)
Height71 ft (22 m)
Official websiteNews & images
Church chronology

Detroit Michigan Temple

Halifax Nova Scotia Temple

Regina Saskatchewan Temple
Additional information
AnnouncedMay 7, 1998, by Gordon B. Hinckley
GroundbreakingOctober 12, 1998, by Jay E. Jensen
Open houseNovember 4–7, 1999
Current presidentThomas W. Drennan[1]
Designed byL.A. Beaubien and Associates, and Church A&E Services
LocationDartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Geographic coordinates44°40′12.00000″N 63°29′20.56919″W / 44.6700000000°N 63.4890469972°W / 44.6700000000; -63.4890469972
Exterior finishWhite Bethel granite
Temple designClassic modern, single spire design
Ordinance rooms2 (two-stage progressive)
Sealing rooms2



On October 12, 1998, Jay E. Jensen led a group of 700 members in a groundbreaking ceremony on Thanksgiving Day.[3]

When the temple was opened to the public, prior to the dedication, about 8,000 people toured the building. Because of mechanical problems with LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley's plane, the Halifax temple dedication was delayed a day so that it was dedicated on the same day as the Regina Saskatchewan Temple. This marked the first time two LDS temples were dedicated on the same day. Hinckley opted to stay in Cole Harbour while apostle Boyd K. Packer went to Regina.

Hinckley dedicated the Halifax temple on November 14, 1999.[4] The temple has a total floor area of 10,700 square feet (990 m2), two ordinance rooms, and two sealing rooms.

In 2020, the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple was closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.[5]

Hinckley waving to the crowd after the dedication

See also


Temples in Canada (edit)

  = Operating
  = Under construction
  = Announced
  = Temporarily Closed


Additional reading

  • Stahle, Shaun (January 29, 2000), "Distinguished as doers and dreamers", Church News
  • Stahle, Shaun (November 20, 1999), "Historic Sabbath in Canada", Church News
  • Stahle, Shaun (November 13, 1999), "Thousands attend temple open houses in Canada", Church News
  • "'What a happy day' as 700 attend Halifax temple ceremony", Church News, October 17, 1998


  1. ^ "New Temple Leaders Called to Serve in 2022", Newsroom, LDS Church, October 24, 2022 [26 May 2022], retrieved October 24, 2022
  2. ^ Several dozen temples, built from identical plans.
  3. ^ "`What a happy day' as 700 attend Halifax temple ceremony", Deseret News, 17 October 1998. Retrieved on 28 March 2020.
  4. ^ Bushman, Claudia L. (January 30, 2006). Contemporary Mormonism: Latter-day Saints in Modern America: Latter-day Saints in Modern America. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-0-313-06419-7.
  5. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "All Latter-day Saint temples to close due to coronavirus", The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 March 2020. Retrieved on 28 March 2020.