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Dartmouth is a city in the Halifax Region of Nova Scotia. Located on the eastern shore of Halifax Harbour, Dartmouth has the nickname the "City of Lakes" due to the large number of lakes located in the city. City 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 residential and commercial growth.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

1 Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport (IATA: YHZ) is located about a half hour drive outside of Dartmouth. It is the biggest airport in the Maritime provinces, with direct daily flights from Toronto, Montreal, Newark, Ottawa, Calgary, and limited service to a number of regional and holiday destinations.

Direct connections to Europe are provided by an Air Canada flight to London's Heathrow airport with a stop in St. John's, Newfoundland; Thomas Cook Airlines also provides a direct flight to London's Gatwick airport.

To get into Dartmouth there is a shuttle bus that leaves every hour most hours of the day and stops at all the major hotels in Halifax and Dartmouth. $16 one-way, or $28 for a return ticket. Alternatively, there are cabs that charge a flat rate of $53.

MetroX Route 320 is an express bus service from the airport to downtown Dartmouth–continuing on to downtown Halifax–and costs $3.50 one-way. The trip from the airport to the Bridge Terminal in downtown Dartmouth takes about 40 minutes. It runs on 30 minute frequencies on-peak and 60 minutes off-peak, with the first departure from the airport at 5:45AM and the last 12:15AM. Upon boarding you should ask the driver for a "Transfer" if you need to continue your trip on a connecting bus.

By train[edit]

VIA Rail train station located across the harbour via one of the two bridges. In the south end of Halifax has daily trains leaving for connection trains in Montreal and Toronto to the northeast US.

By car[edit]

Dartmouth is connected to the rest of Canada by Nova Scotia provincial highways 101, 102, 103, 104, 107 and 118. Highway 118 connects Dartmouth to Highway 102 which runs between Halifax and Truro, where it connects to Highway 104 (the Trans-Canada Highway). Going west on 104 takes one to the New Brunswick border, and then onto Maine, Quebec, or Prince Edward Island. It's about 2 hours from Halifax to the New Brunswick border; there is a $4.50 toll at the Cobequid pass. Going east on 104 takes one to Cape Breton.

A ferry service in Sydney connects Nova Scotia with Newfoundland. Highway 103 connects Halifax with the South Shore. During the summer, a high-speed ferry connects Yarmouth (3 hours from Halifax) with Bar Harbor, Maine. Highway 101 connects Halifax with the Annapolis Valley. A ferry service connects Digby (about 2.5 hours from Halifax) with Saint John, New Brunswick. Highway 107 and 7 connects Dartmouth to the Eastern Shore to Antigonish on Highway 104.

By bus[edit]

Dartmouth shares a transit system with the City of Halifax.

Regional buses run to Halifax, Bedford and Sackville.

By boat[edit]

Halifax Transit operates the Harbour Ferry service between Halifax and Dartmouth. The 2 Alderney Ferry Terminal is the more convenient of the two Dartmouth ferry terminals, located in Downtown Dartmouth along Alderney Drive near the foot of Queen Street. Service operates seven days a week, every 30 minutes, and every 15 minutes during weekday rush hours. The other option is the 3 Woodside Ferry Terminal located just off Pleasant Street and Atlantic Street in the suburban Woodside area. Service operates every 30 minutes on weekdays, no weekend or holiday service. The fare is $2.50, which includes a 90-minute transfer.

By taxi[edit]

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


  • The A. Murray MacKay Bridge, linking Halifax and Dartmouth
  • George's Model Trains802 Main St (Rte 7) +1 902 434-0268. Garden railroad with 150 m (500 ft) of track, buildings and landscaping.
  • Somme Branch No. 31 Royal Canadian Legion Military Museum The museum exhibits authentic wartime costumes, with statistics of wartime activities both at home and abroad. Collection of shoulder and divisional flashes, battalion photographs. Special tours by request. (902) 463-1050.
  • Shearwater Aviation Museum, Shearwater Airport, Dartmouth, NS.


  • Natal Day, celebrated since August 1895. It celebrates the arrival of the railway, and has been sponsored by Alexander Keith's. Usually celebrated during the first week of August.
  • Alderney Landing +1 902 461-8401. Performing arts centre with outdoor event plaza. Visual art gallery, weekend farmers' and craft market, tourist information, marina, and harbourside park.
  • Quaker House59 Ochterloney St +1 902 464-2300. 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.
  • Ground Zero Climbing Gym105 Akerley Blvd +1 902 468-8788. Suitable for all age & fitness levels. Instruction and rentals available.


  • Dartmouth Crossing
  • Penhorn Mall



  • John's Lunch. A Dartmouth fixture since 1969. Specializing in seafood, and in particular their fish & chips, John's Lunch is just across the parking lot from the Woodside Ferry.


  • Hing Wing187 Pleasant St +1 902 466-4242. Chinese food near the Dartmouth waterfront.
  • Queen of Cups Teahouse Ltd44 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 Restaurants800 Windmill Rd +1 902 468-8817. Suite 301. 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 & Grill612 Windmill Rd +1 902 468-1059. Offers casual family dining in the middle of a full-service brewery. Open seven days a week.


  • Vines Pasta Grill4 Panavista Dr +1 902 434-4114. M 4PM-10PM, Tu-Su 11:30AM-10PM. Take out available.
  • The Wooden Monkey88 Alderney Dr +1 902 466-3100. Veggie & vegan friendly bistro featuring local, organic and macrobiotic food and drink. Kid's menu available. A popular destination in Halifax for years, the Wooden Monkey has expanded to the Dartmouth Waterfront with a second location.


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.

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, Nova Scotia, and countless more places enriched by local tales and history. moderate.


  • Holiday Inn99 Wyse Road.


  • Caroline's Bed & Breakfast134 Victoria Rd.
  • Burnside Hotel Dartmouth739 Windmill Rd +1 902 468-7117. The Burnside Hotel has deluxe and economy rooms available. The property features a licensed restaurant, a cocktail lounge and a pool.
  • Traveller's Motel & Cabins Bedford773 Bedford Hwy +1 902 835-3394. Bedford. 19 cabins and 25 motel units, each with air-conditioning and private baths. Motel units also have cable TV and phones.



  • Park Place Ramada Plaza Hotel Dartmouth240 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.


Go next[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.

Routes through Dartmouth
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