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The Lodge That Gives provides warm and welcoming accommodations to those who come to Halifax for cancer treatment. In 2009, the Lodge was home to 1100 guests.
A home away from home
"The Lodge That Gives gave me so much more than a place to stay. It gave me peace of mind so I could focus on getting better." - Seretha MacIsaac, cancer fighter
The Lodge is fully accessible and offers single and double rooms with a private bath. Make sure to bring any special needs to our attention when you book your reservation – we will do our best to accommodate you.
Nova Scotia residents who are receiving cancer treatment stay free of charge, and meals are provided at no cost.
There is no charge for a parent or guardian staying with a child or an escort required by a transplant patient or by a patient who requires support for their tube feeding. Family members and support persons are invited to stay for $65 per person per night. This fee covers the cost of the room and 3 meals per day. Fees may be waived in special circumstances at the discretion of the Lodge coordinator.
We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or cheque made payable to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Fully accessible, the lodge is a tobacco-free, alcohol-free and scent-free environment.
The Lodge offers an outdoor patio, laundry facilities, lounge room, 2 computers located on the main floor with Internet access and wireless Internet in each room. Guest will find a television room on each floor and one on the main floor. Guests are welcome to make themselves comfortable in any of these common areas and are encouraged to entertain visitors on the main floor.
Monday to Friday checkout time is 11:00 a.m.
Assigned parking spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon arrival, be sure to ask if a space is vacant, obtain a parking pass and clearly display it on the dash of your car. Return the pass before you leave. If all spaces are occupied, your name can be put on a waiting list.
As an alternative, there is paid parking available close to the Lodge. Contact Imperial Parking at 902-452-0362 or Victoria General (VG) at 902-473-2143 for more information.
If you have not brought your own vehicle, local cab companies and metro transit are available. Two bus stops are located right outside the Lodge. A list of town shuttle services are available on request.
The Lodge does not offer medical services, nursing services or the provision of medication. While in Halifax, your medical care should be coordinated under the supervision of your physician. If emergency medical treatment is required, you should seek help at the Emergency Department of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, located at the Halifax Infirmary site.
Newspapers, stamps, laundry detergent and fabric softener can be purchased at the reception desk.
Activities and programs
Weekly activities are posted online, on our message board and our digital signs located in the Wellness Centre. Activities include everything from movie nights to spa-like pampering sessions. Support groups and information sessions are also available. Visit our Centre Program Schedule to find out what activities are happening this month.
Guests will find a sewing machine, dart board, puzzles, cards and books. Those who would like to remain physically active are welcome to use our exercise bike and treadmill.
Hair care room
Our professional hairstylist is only too happy to offer complimentary hair care services to all of our residents. The hair care centre also provides free wigs and head wraps for those who wish to use them.
The Lodge offers a family style kitchen with a professional chef who prepares nutritious meals. The dining room is conveniently located on the main floor.
Our kitchen is open 24 hours a day for your use. Breakfast is self-serve, so feel free to prepare what you like at your convenience. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with soup, salad bar and sandwich options prepared by our chef. Dinner is served from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Snacks and drinks are available for a nominal fee. Visitors are welcome to stay for a meal with a resident for a small fee. Check with our chef to ensure that adequate servings have been prepared.
First time reservations
First time reservations can be made through a booking clerk at the Nova Scotia Cancer Treatment Centre, a family physician or a cancer specialist. Call us at 1-800-639-0222 if we can assist you.
If you have been a lodge resident within the year, you are welcome to complete a reservation form. We only ask that you show your medical appointment card upon arrival.
Out of province reservations
Out-of-province guests are responsible for full payment of room and meal fees during their stay, unless otherwise indicated. Contact us for more information at 1-902-420-1849.
Family members and support persons
A maximum of 2 family members and support persons are welcome to stay at the Lodge for a nightly fee of $65 per person, meals included.
Hours of operation
Sunday 4:00 p.m. to Friday 4:00 p.m.
Holidays: Monday 4:00 p.m. to Friday 4:00 p.m.
Length of stay
Residents may arrive the night before and stay one night following their appointment. Inform our staff if your treatment will be extended, shortened or delayed. If the length of your stay changes, we appreciate notification to manage our room availability.
If your appointment has been cancelled and your room is no longer needed, call the Lodge 24 hours in advance to cancel your reservation.
"Volunteering at The Lodge That Gives has given me such warmth and comfort. The guests who stay there are so giving and beautiful, it is incredible. I am so glad to be a part of it and to be able to give of my time. It really is about creating a sense of home and community." -Devera Giles
There are many ways to make a difference by volunteering at The Lodge That Gives. Volunteers fill roles such as:
- kitchen helper
- hair stylists
- bingo callers
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our online registration form or call 423-6183.
Please note: All volunteer positions require a Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check. Our staff will help you with this process.
The Lodge That Gives is located within walking distance of all cancer treatment facilities. The Lodge that Gives offers a home away from home for cancer patients and their families living more than 50 kilometres away from the cancer treatment centre in Halifax.
The Lodge That Gives Canadian Cancer Society 5826 South Street Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Society provides affordable accommodation support for people with cancer who must travel to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre to receive treatment.
For more information, contact 902-567-7771.
The Lodge runs entirely on funds donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Donate now.