Dartmouth is a city in the Halifax Regional Municipality of Nova Scotia. Located on the eastern shore of Halifax Harbour, Dartmouth has gained the nickname the "City of Lakes" due to the large number of lakes located in the city and still retains the nickname. City population is approximately 95,000.
Dartmouth was incorporated as a town in 1873. In 1955 the town was permanently linked to Halifax by the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge which led to rapid suburban growth. The Town of Dartmouth amalgamated with several neighbouring towns and became the City of Dartmouth in 1961. The A. Murray MacKay Bridge opened in 1970, which spurred growth, both residential and commercial.
Halifax International Airport is located about a half hour drive outside of Dartmouth. It is the biggest airport in the maritime provinces, with direct daily flights from Toronto, Montreal, Newark, Ottawa, Calgary, and limited service to a number of regional and holiday destinations.
Direct connections to Europe are provided by an Air Canada flight to London's Heathrow airport with a stop in St. John's, Newfoundland; Thomas Cook Airlines also provides a direct flight to London's Gatwick airport.
To get into Dartmouth there is a shuttle bus that leaves every hour most hours of the day and stops at all the major hotels in Halifax and Dartmouth. $16 one-way, or $28 for a return ticket. Alternately, there are cabs that charge a flat rate of $53.
Dartmouth Shearwater Airport (YAW) at CFB Shearwater is near Dartmouth and services military light aircraft.
VIA Rail  train station located across the harbour via one of the two bridges. In the south end of Halifax has daily trains leaving for connection trains in Montreal and Toronto to the North East US.
Dartmouth is connected to the rest of Canada by Nova Scotia provincial highways 101, 102, 103, 104, 107 and 118. Highway 118 connects Dartmouth to Highway 102 which runs between Halifax and Truro, where it connects to Highway 104 (the Trans-Canada Highway). Going west on 104 takes one to the New Brunswick border, and then onto Maine, Quebec, or Prince Edward Island. It's about 2 hours from Halifax to the New Brunswick border; there is a $4.50 toll at the Cobequid pass. Going east on 104 takes one to Cape Breton.
A ferry service in Sydney connects Nova Scotia with Newfoundland. Highway 103 connects Halifax with the South Shore. During the summer, a high-speed ferry connects Yarmouth (3 hours from Halifax) with Bar Harbor, Maine. Highway 101 connects Halifax with the Annapolis valley. A ferry service connects Digby (about 2.5 hours from Halifax) with Saint John, New Brunswick. Highway 107 and 7 connects Dartmouth to the Eastern Shore to Antigonish on Highway 104 .
Dartmouth shares a transit system with the City of Halifax.
A ferry service operates between Halifax and Dartmouth.
There are numerous taxis in the area. All are willing and able to take you to Halifax.
The A. Murray MacKay Bridge, linking Halifax and Dartmouth
George's Model Trains Garden railroad with 150 m (500 ft) of track, buildings and landscaping. 802 Main St (Rte 7) - (902) 434-0268.
Somme Branch No. 31 Royal Canadian Legion Military Museum The museum exhibits authentic wartime costumes, with statistics of wartime activities both at home and abroad. Collection of shoulder and divisional flashes, battalion photographs. Special tours by request. (902) 463-1050.
Shearwater Aviation Museum, Shearwater Airport, Dartmouth, NS.
Natal Day, celebrated since August 1895. The celebration historcally celebrates the arrival of the railway, and has been sponsored by Alexander Keith's. Usually celebrated during the first week of August.
Alderney Landing Performing arts centre with outdoor event plaza. Visual art gallery, weekend farmers' and craft market, tourist information, marina, and harbourside park [www.alderneylanding.com]. (902) 461-8401.
Quaker House Restored house (c 1785) associated with the Nantucket Quaker whalers who were in Dartmouth from 1785 to 1792. Costumed tour guides; pioneer dress-up trunk for children. 57–59 Ochterloney St. (902) 464-2300.
Ground Zero Climbing Gym Suitable for all age & fitness levels. Instruction and rentals available. 105 Akerley Blvd, Unit J. (902) 468-8788.
Mic Mac Mall, Over 160 Shoppes and services. 21 MicMac Boulevard, Dartmouth. (902) 466-2056.
Three Bears Smoke & Deli - 111 Ilsley Ave Dartmouth - (902) 468-7602
Queen of Cups Teahouse Ltd. - This English-Style tea house serves a variety of traditional, contemporary and truly unique items, not to mention teas. Come in for a delectable lunch,or treat yourself to afternoon tea or other goodies. Reservations are required for afternoon tea, and strongly recommended for lunch. Open year-round. 44 Ochterloney Street Dartmouth - (902) 463-1983.
Smitty's Family Restaurants - Smitty's has served at this location for almost 30 years. Featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner all day as well as bottomless coffee and tea. - 800 Windmill Road, Suite 301 Dartmouth (902) 468-8817
Brewdebaker's Tap & Grill - Offers casual family dining in the middle of a full-service brewery. Open seven days a week. 612 Windmill Road Dartmouth - (902) 468-1059
La Perla - in downtown Dartmouth. Open seven day a week for dinner and lunch Monday through Friday. Terrific view overlooking the Halifax skyline. 73 Alderney Drive Dartmouth (902) 469-3241.
Vines Pasta Grill - Open 11:30 am to 10 pm, Tuesday thru Sunday and Monday from 4 pm to 10 pm. Take out available. 4 Panavista Drive Dartmouth - (902) 434-4114.
MacAskill's - MacAskill's has a variety of Nova Scotian cuisine, including steamed mussels, fried haddock, grilled salmon and fresh lobster. They also serve a variety of pastas, salads and more. 88 Alderney Drive Dartmouth (902) 466-3100.
There are several Nova Scotian pubs and bars in Dartmouth, however your best bet is to cross the bridge to Halifax where there is much more nightlife to speak of.
Burnside Hotel Dartmouth - The Burnside Hotel has both deluxe and economy rooms available. The property features a licensed restaurant, a cocktail lounge and a pool. - 739 Windmill Road Dartmouth - (902) 468-7117.
Traveller's Motel & Cabins Bedford - 19 cabins and 25 motel units, each with air-conditioning and private baths. Motel units also have cable TV and phones. - 773 Bedford Highway Bedford - (902) 835-3394.
Howard Johnson Hotel & Suites Dartmouth 65 King Street Dartmouth - 1-866-875-7666. - Restaurant on the premises.
Park Place Ramada Plaza Hotel Dartmouth - Indoor heated pool with water slide, a hot tub, a sauna and a fitness center. Complimentary shuttle service to Halifax's Waterfront and Historic Properties is provided. 240 Brownlow Avenue Dartmouth - (902) 468-8888.
Dartmouth can be a nice place to stay while visiting the Halifax area. There are many small towns and villages in the area worth exploring as well. Also, as Dartmouth is the 'City of Lakes', its quite easy to find a quiet, secluded lake and enjoy the fresh Atlantic air.
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