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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 (YHZ IATA), the largest airport in the Maritimes, is about half an hour from Dartmouth by road. A shuttle bus runs hourly with stops at all the major hotels in Halifax and Dartmouth ($16 one-way, $28 return). There are cabs for a $53 flat rate. MetroX Route 320 is an express bus from the airport to downtown Dartmouth and downtown Halifax ($3.50 one-way) which runs once or twice an hour; the trip from the airport to the Bridge Terminal in downtown Dartmouth takes about 40 minutes.

Halifax offers direct daily flights from Toronto, Montreal, Newark, Ottawa, Calgary, and limited service to a number of regional and holiday destinations. Air Canada flies to London's Heathrow airport with a stop in St. John's, Newfoundland; Thomas Cook Airlines flies direct to London Gatwick.

By train[edit]

VIA Rail's station in the south end of Halifax has trains arriving from Montreal a few times weekly.

By car[edit]

Highway 118 connects Dartmouth to Highway 102, which runs between Halifax and Truro. From there, Highway 104 (the Trans-Canada Highway) goes west to New Brunswick and east to Cape Breton.

Two toll bridges join Halifax to Dartmouth. Any local taxi will make the crossing from Halifax.

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 downtown 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.


  • The A. Murray MacKay Bridge, linking Halifax and Dartmouth
  • George's Model Trains, 802 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 in the first week of August since 1895 to commemorate the arrival of the railway.
  • 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 House, 59 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 Gym, 105 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 Wing, 187 Pleasant St, +1 902 466-4242. Chinese food near the Dartmouth waterfront.
  • Queen of Cups Teahouse Ltd, 44 Ochterloney St, +1 902 463-1983. This English-style tea house serves a variety of traditional, contemporary and unique items. Lunch, afternoon tea and other goodies. Reservations are required for afternoon tea, and strongly recommended for lunch. Open year-round.
  • Smitty's Family Restaurants, 800 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 & Grill, 612 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 Grill, 4 Panavista Dr, +1 902 434-4114. M 4PM-10PM, Tu-Su 11:30AM-10PM. Take out available.
  • The Wooden Monkey, 88 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.

  • Our Friends Pub, 19 Norm Newman Dr, +1 902 462-7827.
  • Monte's Bar & Grill, 245 Waverley Rd, +1 902 435-1770.
  • Ralph's Place, 132 Main St, +1 902 462-2253. An adult entertainment venue.
  • Celtic Corner, Public House, 69 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2Y 2N7 (Corner of Queen St. and Alderney Drive), +1 902 464-0764. 11am-12am. Pub hours: Su-Th 11AM-midnight; F & Sa 11AM1AM. Kitchen hours: Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM; F & Sat 11:30AM-11PM. Great food and traditional Maritime music with origins from Ireland, Scotland, England, Newfoundland, PEI, and Nova Scotia, enriched by local tales and history. moderate.


  • Holiday Inn, 99 Wyse Road.


  • Caroline's Bed & Breakfast, 134 Victoria Rd.
  • Burnside Hotel Dartmouth, 739 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 Bedford, 773 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 Dartmouth, 240 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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