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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.

Doubletree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth
Doubletree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth
4 out of 5
101 Wyse Rd, Dartmouth, NS
The price is CA $78 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
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 Maritime Museum of ...
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Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Dartmouth
Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Dartmouth
3 out of 5
35 Shubie Drive, Dartmouth, NS
The price is CA $99 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
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. Emera Oval and Halifax Citadel ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (266 reviews)
"Clean and great location"

Reviewed on Jun. 20, 2021

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Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax - Dartmouth
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax - Dartmouth
4 out of 5
65 Cromarty Drive, Dartmouth, NS
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $86 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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 Halifax ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (990 reviews)
"Friendly staff"

Reviewed on Jun. 23, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax - Dartmouth
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Newly Renovated Cape Cod Style Home in the Heart of Dartmouth
Newly Renovated Cape Cod Style Home in the Heart of Dartmouth
Dartmouth, NS
This family-friendly Dartmouth vacation home is located in Harbourview, within 1 mi (2 km) of Dartmouth Sportsplex, Albro Lake Park, and Ferry Terminal Park. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Quarantine
"Good place to self isolate and work from home"

Reviewed on Nov. 10, 2020

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1-bedroom Furnished Apartment Overlooking Halifax Harbour
1-bedroom Furnished Apartment Overlooking Halifax Harbour
Dartmouth, NS
Located in Harbourview, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Dartmouth Sportsplex and within 3 mi (5 km) of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Maritime Museum ...
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Windmill walk
Windmill walk
3 out of 5
63 Windmill Rd, Dartmouth, NS
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 Maritime ...
4.4/5Excellent! (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
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