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Dartmouth (Nova Scotia)

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Dartmouth (Nova Scotia)

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Dartmouth is a community within the Halifax Regional Municipality of Nova Scotia. Located on the eastern shore of Halifax Harbour, Dartmouth was previously known as the "City of Lakes" due to the large number of lakes located in the city and still retains the nickname. 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. It is now a major community within the Halifax Regional Municipality, and is home to the sprawling Burnside Industrial Park.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Dartmouth is served by Halifax's Robert L. Stanfield International Airport [5], about a half hour drive away. Direct daily flights arrive from major Canadian, Eastern U.S. and European cities.

To get into Dartmouth there is a bus that leaves every hour most hours of the day and stops at the Bridge Terminal (Dartmouth side of the Macdonald Bridge) on its way to Halifax. $3.50 one-way. Alternately, taxis charge a flat rate of $53.

Dartmouth Shearwater Airport (YAW) at CFB Shearwater is near Dartmouth and services military light aircraft.

By car[edit]

Dartmouth is directly across the harbour from Halifax, and is connected by the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge, which is closest to both the downtown cores of Dartmouth and Halifax (and known as the "old" bridge), and the A. Murray MacKay Bridge farther to the north (the "new" bridge). Both bridges can be very congested with traffic during rush hours.

Dartmouth is directly served by Nova Scotia provincial highways 107 and 118. Highway 107 (and then 7) go via the Eastern Shore to Antigonish on Highway 104, and Highway 118 connects Dartmouth to Highway 102 heading for Truro, and onward via Highway 104 (the Trans-Canada Highway) to the New Brunswick border or Cape Breton.

By bus[edit]

Dartmouth shares a transit system with Halifax; primary routes to and from Halifax are the #1 and #10.

Regional buses also connect to Bedford and Sackville.

By boat[edit]

A ferry service operates between Halifax and Dartmouth, and is integrated with the bus system.

By taxi[edit]

There are numerous taxis in the area. All are willing and able to take you to Halifax.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Alderney Landing, Alderney Drive at the ferry terminal, (902) 461-8401, [1]. Performing arts centre with outdoor event plaza. Visual art gallery, weekend farmers' and craft market, tourist information, marina, and harbourside park with a great view of the Halifax skyline.  edit
  • Quaker House, 57–59 Ochterloney St, 902 464-2300, [2]. 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.  edit
  • Lake Banook, Prince Albert Rd. First lake in the historic Shubenacadie Canal system, and a host of numerous rowing and paddling competitions.  edit
  • George's Model Trains, 802 Main St (Highway #7), (902) 434-0268. Garden railroad with 150 m (500 ft) of track, buildings and landscaping.  edit
  • Somme Branch No. 31 Royal Canadian Legion Military Museum, 54 King St., (902) 463-1050. Special tours by request. The museum exhibits authentic wartime costumes, with statistics of wartime activities both at home and abroad. Collection of shoulder and divisional flashes, battalion photographs.  edit
  • Shearwater Aviation Museum, Shearwater Airport (Pleasant St (Hwy. 322) to Shearwater base, left on Bonaventure St.), (902) 720-1083, [3].  edit
  • Fisherman's Cove, Shore Dr., Eastern Passage (Pleasant St. (Hwy 322) to Eastern Passage, right on Shore Dr.). Collection of shops and services around a small fishing port.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Natal Day, celebrated since August 1895. The celebration historically celebrates the arrival of the railway, and has been sponsored by Alexander Keith's. Usually celebrated during the first week of August.
  • Ground Zero Climbing Gym, 105 Akerley Blvd, Unit J, +1 902 468-8788. Suitable for all age & fitness levels. Instruction and rentals available.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Mic Mac Mall, 21 MicMac Blvd, +1 902 466-2056, [6]. Over 160 shops and services.
  • Dartmouth Crossing
  • Penhorn Mall

Eat[edit][add listing]


  • Alexandra's Pizza, 127 1/2 Windmill Rd, +1 902 466-2222.
  • Three Bears Smoke & Deli, 111 Ilsley Ave, +1 902 468-7602.


  • Hing Wing, 187 Pleasant St, +1 902 466-4242. Chinese food near the Dartmouth waterfront.
  • Queen of Cups Teahouse Ltd, 44 Ochterloney St, +1 902 463-1983. 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.
  • Smitty's Family Restaurants, 800 Windmill Rd, Suite 301, +1 902 468-8817. 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.
  • Brewdebaker's Tap & Grill, 612 Windmill Rd, +1 902 468-1059. Offers casual family dining in the middle of a full-service brewery. Open seven days a week.


  • La Perla, 73 Alderney Dr, +1 902 469-3241. In downtown Dartmouth. Open seven days a week for dinner and lunch Monday through Friday. Terrific view overlooking the Halifax skyline.
  • Vines Pasta Grill, 4 Panavista Dr, +1 902 434-4114. M 4PM-10PM, Tu-Su 11:30AM-10PM. Take out available.
  • MacAskill's, 88 Alderney Dr, +1 902 466-3100. 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.

Drink[edit][add listing]

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.

  • Our Friends Pub, 19 Norm Newman Dr, +1 902 462-7827.
  • Monte's Bar & Grill, 245 Waverley Rd, +1 902 435-1770.
  • Ralph's Place, 132 Main St, +1 902 462-2253. It should be noted that Ralph's Place is an adult entertainment venue.
  • Celtic Corner, Public House, 69 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2Y 2N7 ((Corner of Queen St. and Alderney Drive)), Tel: 902.464.0764, [4]. 11am-12am. Pub Hours: Sun - Thur 11am to 12am | Fri & Sat 11am to 1am Kitchen Hours: Sun - Thur 11:30am - 10:00pm | Fri & Sat 11:30am - 11:00pm Come enjoy great food and listen to traditional maritime music with origins from Ireland, Scotland, England, Newfoundland, PEI, our own Nova Scotia, and countless more places enriched by local tales and history. moderate.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Caroline's Bed & Breakfast, 134 Victoria Rd.
  • Traveller's Motel & Cabins Bedford, 773 Bedford Hwy, Bedford, +1 902 835-3394. 19 cabins and 25 motel units, each with air-conditioning and private baths. Motel units also have cable TV and phones.


  • Comfort Inn Dartmouth, 456 Windmill Rd, +1 902 463-9900.
  • Howard Johnson Hotel & Suites Dartmouth, 65 King St, +1 866 875-7666. Restaurant on the premises.
  • Braeside Court Bed & Breakfast, 34 Braeside Ct, +1 902 462-3956 [7]. Two bedroom suite. $80-150.
  • Knightswood B&B & Private Carriage House, 453 Waverley Rd, +1 902 435-3969, [8]. $100-180.
  • Holiday Inn, 99 Wyse Road. Conveniently located by the Macdonald Bridge and the Bridge (transit) Terminal  edit


  • Park Place Ramada Plaza Hotel Dartmouth, 240 Brownlow Ave, +1 902 468-8888. 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.

Stay safe[edit]

Dartmouth, like Halifax, has its share of low income neighbourhoods and related crime. Use caution walking after dark in areas north of downtown and all the way to the MacKay Bridge. Increased security is present at the Bridge (transit) Terminal, but this location has had some problems at night.

Get out[edit]

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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