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

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 ¥13,012 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dartmouth Crossing and Playdium Dartmouth. Mic Mac Mall and Alderney Landing ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,023 reviews)
"Liked it very much - odd shower set up where you have to turn on the shower within reach of the water spray and so cold at first"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax - Dartmouth
Residence Inn by Marriott Halifax Dartmouth
Residence Inn by Marriott Halifax Dartmouth
3 out of 5
35 Shubie Drive, Dartmouth, NS
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥14,367 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Playdium Dartmouth and Dartmouth Crossing. Emera Oval and Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (277 reviews)
"Excellent hotel. Staff is great and the place is very clean. The free breakfast is incredible and worth getting every morning. One thing, do not eat at the Bistro. It is revolting."

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Residence Inn by Marriott Halifax Dartmouth
Doubletree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth
Doubletree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth
4 out of 5
101 Wyse Rd, Dartmouth, NS
The price is ¥13,101 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Located in Harbourview, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Dartmouth Sportsplex and within 3 mi (5 km) of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Casino Nova Scotia. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (971 reviews)
"Very clean and polite staff that are very helpful"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

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.
A bright suite with lots of room for fun and relaxation, just 5 minutes from the Halifax ferry!
A bright suite with lots of room for fun and relaxation, just 5 minutes from the Halifax ferry!
Dartmouth, NS
The price is ¥6,506 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
This family-friendly apartment building is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Canadian Legion Military Museum and Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk. ...
A bright suite with lots of room for fun and relaxation, just 5 minutes from the Halifax ferry!
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 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Canadian Legion Military Museum and Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk. Scotiabank ...
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
Windmill walk
Windmill walk
3 out of 5
63 Windmill Rd, Dartmouth, NS
The price is ¥11,295 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in Harbourview, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Dartmouth Sportsplex and within 3 mi (5 km) of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Scotiabank ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (16 reviews)
"Very quiet apartment in a residential neighbourhood. Easy drving to restaurants and quick access to routes leading out of the city or to the airport. Also only a few minutes to downtown Halifax via the toll bridge. Our late arrival was accommodated as promised. Minor problems were resolved quickly ..."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

Windmill walk
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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