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.