Dartmouth

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Dartmouth showing street scenes
Enjoy lots of aquatic adventures on the lakes of this waterfront community, situated on the eastern shore of Halifax Harbor.

Dartmouth lies on the eastern shore of the Port of Halifax, opposite Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. With more than 20 lakes within its borders, there is lots for nature lovers to explore. Visit the coastal community to investigate its waterways and lively downtown waterfront district. 

You can easily drive from Halifax to Dartmouth via the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge. However, the ferry makes for a much more memorable trip. Running continuously since its inaugural voyage in 1752, the ferry between the two cities is the oldest operating saltwater ferry service in North America. Buy your tickets and view timetables at the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal. 

The ferry drops you off right by Alderney Landing, the cultural and performing arts hub of Dartmouth. Between plays, concerts and special exhibitions, there is always something to see here. Its weekend farmers’ market is also a popular attraction. Either side of the ferry terminal is Waterfront Park. Stroll along the boardwalk and take in the views of the harbor and nearby islands. 

Water is a big part of life in Dartmouth. There are 23 lakes within its borders, which has earned it the nickname of the City of Lakes. Several of these water bodies form a chain that is part of the Shubenacadie Canal, a waterway that links the Port of Halifax with the Bay of Fundy. Canoe or kayak part of the route and go whitewater rafting when the tidal bore rapids power along the Shubenacadie River. Relax by the shores of Lake Banook.

Away from the water, enjoy Dartmouth's other charms. Browse the shops, dine in restaurants and learn about the city's early settlers at Quaker House. Guides dressed in period costume provide a glimpse into 18th-century Nova Scotia life.

If you are in Dartmouth during the first week of August, help the locals celebrate Natal Day. The annual fiesta features parades, live music and family activities and has been celebrated since 1895, originally to mark the arrival of the railway.

Where to stay in Dartmouth

Best Western Plus Dartmouth Hotel & Suites
Best Western Plus Dartmouth Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
15 Spectacle Lake Dr, Dartmouth, NS, B3B1X7
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥15,967 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Dartmouth. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,008 reviews)
"Very clean, comfortable beds, breakfast included."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Best Western Plus Dartmouth Hotel & Suites
Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Dartmouth
Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Dartmouth
3 out of 5
35 Shubie Drive, Dartmouth, NS, B3B 0G2
The price is ¥21,820 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Dartmouth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (565 reviews)
"Great clean friendly hotel close to restaurants, movie theatre and shopping at Dartmouth Crossing."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Dartmouth
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax - Dartmouth
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax - Dartmouth
4 out of 5
65 Cromarty Drive, Dartmouth, NS, B3B0G2
The price is ¥20,049 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Dartmouth. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,007 reviews)
"Great people Good location Fine property"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax - Dartmouth
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Bright and modern 1 bedroom with A/C, firepit & lake access.
Bright and modern 1 bedroom with A/C, firepit & lake access.
Dartmouth, NS
The price is ¥8,712 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 3
Stay at this vacation home in Dartmouth. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Dartmouth Crossing and Casino Nova Scotia are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Fantastic Stay Incredible Hostess
"Not only did we get a super comfortable bed and bathroom but we also were treated like royalty and respectfully given great advise on travel, POI's and assistance. Fabulous time and new friends."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Bright and modern 1 bedroom with A/C, firepit & lake access.
Windmill walk
Windmill walk
3 out of 5
63 Windmill Rd, Dartmouth, NS, B3A 1C8
The price is ¥13,646 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Dartmouth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (28 reviews)
"Nice and quiet location. The apartment was very clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Windmill walk
Fast internet free parking sleeps 4-6<br>air condition 5 minute to Banook Lake
Fast internet free parking sleeps 4-6<br>air condition 5 minute to Banook Lake
Halifax, NS
The price is ¥25,996 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 13
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Dartmouth. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Dartmouth Crossing and Casino ...
1/5 (4 reviews)
Filthy property
"The most filthy dirty property that I have ever experienced in years of booking with VRBO, owners clothes everywhere, the bathroom was moldy, beds unmade with dirty sheets on the floor, and the fridge full of owners food. Disgusting and I intend to seek legal advice, we turned around and left, property ..."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Fast internet free parking sleeps 4-6<br>air condition 5 minute to Banook Lake
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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