Dartmouth

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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

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax - Dartmouth
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax - Dartmouth
4 out of 5
65 Cromarty Drive, Dartmouth, NS
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥10,858 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Dartmouth Crossing and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Mic Mac Mall. Alderney Landing and Casino ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"Great location-walking distance to most of the Dartmouth crossing shopping. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Only complaint would be that they still don’t have their old self serve breakfast-until they get that back, I would plan on eating breakfast elsewhere"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax - Dartmouth
Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Dartmouth
Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Dartmouth
3 out of 5
35 Shubie Drive, Dartmouth, NS
The price is ¥12,774 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Dartmouth Crossing and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Mic Mac Mall. Halifax Citadel and Art Gallery ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (390 reviews)
"This hotel is beautiful, modern and clean. The front desk staff was friendly upon arrival. We were impressed with the measures that were taken to give us confidence that our room, and everything in it, was cleaned properly before we arrived. We had a slight issue with the hair dryer, but a replacement ..."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Dartmouth
Doubletree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth
Doubletree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth
4 out of 5
101 Wyse Rd, Dartmouth, NS
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥10,939 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Harbourview, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dartmouth Sportsplex and Alderney Landing. Royal Canadian Legion Military Museum and Ferry Terminal ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (921 reviews)
"Such a nice property, rooms were very nicely decorated and the bed was massive and comfortable. Very pleased with this hotel."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Doubletree 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.
 Fast internet air conditioner ocean<br>View close to beach’s  smart tv 📺 🌊👍🐶⛵️👍🏄🏼‍♀️🚴🏿
Fast internet air conditioner ocean<br>View close to beach’s smart tv 📺 🌊👍🐶⛵️👍🏄🏼‍♀️🚴🏿
Dartmouth, NS
The price is ¥18,287 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in the center of Dartmouth, this family-friendly vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Alderney Landing and Ferry Terminal Park. Royal Canadian ...
1/5 (2 reviews)
Nightmare
"This experience ruined my vacation. I arrived after a long day of travel in a strange city at night, to find someone else in our accommodation! It was double booked. We were put up for one of 4 nights but then left on our own to find somewhere to stay. Going into a long weekend, there were no rooms ..."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

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Simply Comfort. King's Wharf Apartments
Simply Comfort. King's Wharf Apartments
3.5 out of 5
15-67 Kings Wharf Pl, Dartmouth, NS
Located in Downtown Dartmouth, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Canadian Legion Military Museum, Ferry Terminal Park, and Alderney ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (45 reviews)
"It was just what I needed just wish the parking situation was better from the beginning... Parking garage was a really tight fit for my suv. I wasted a lot of time in there when I could of parked across the street in a open parking lot the whole time. Other than that it was awesome and I would ..."

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Simply Comfort. King's Wharf Apartments
Spacious Downtown Location in a Trendy Neighbourhood Near Everything
Spacious Downtown Location in a Trendy Neighbourhood Near Everything
Dartmouth, NS
Located in Downtown Dartmouth, this beachfront vacation home is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Sullivans Pond Park, Dartmouth Heritage Museum, ...
3.3/5 (3 reviews)
Historic house
"We enjoyed staying in this historic house across from the pond. The owners are lovely and super helpful. Lucked out to enjoy the natal day parade."

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

Spacious Downtown Location in a Trendy Neighbourhood Near Everything
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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