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.

Where to stay in Dartmouth

Hearthstone Inn Boutique Hotel Halifax - Dartmouth
Hearthstone Inn Boutique Hotel Halifax - Dartmouth
3.5 out of 5
313 Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 1N3
The price is CA $114 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Dartmouth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4/5 Very Good! (995 reviews)
"the hotel is in an older area of Dartmouth. walking distance to a lake,convenience store and supermarket. onsite hotel bar/pub. the facilities are aged but have been upgraded,the room AC worked great 👍"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hearthstone Inn Boutique Hotel Halifax - Dartmouth
Best Western Plus Dartmouth Hotel & Suites
Best Western Plus Dartmouth Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
15 Spectacle Lake Dr, Dartmouth, NS, B3B1X7
The price is CA $161 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Dartmouth. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (982 reviews)
"The rooms were fantastic and very large. The pool area was excellent for our family plus clean. The over all inside of the hotel was well maintained but the area around the hotel was not pleasant. Garbage, no curb appeal and cigarette butts everywhere. The overall experience was good especially if ..."

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

Best Western Plus Dartmouth Hotel & Suites
Doubletree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth
Doubletree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth
4 out of 5
101 Wyse Rd, Dartmouth, NS, B3A 1L9
The price is CA $163 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 14
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Dartmouth. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (986 reviews)
"I enjoyed my stay there. Expedia over booked our room but they made it right. There was a lot of loitering at front entrance. It was very clean and staff was very friendly and accommodating. Great food."

Reviewed on May 15, 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.
Warm and modern 1 bedroom with fireplace
Warm and modern 1 bedroom with fireplace
Dartmouth, NS
The price is CA $55 per night from Jun 10 to Jun 11
Stay at this vacation home in Dartmouth. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Dartmouth Crossing and Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Clean and Quiet
"The place is spotless! The moment I entered the place, it smelled so good, was clean, quiet and very comfortable bed. I definitely recommend choosing this place"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2022

Warm and modern 1 bedroom with fireplace
Windmill walk
Windmill walk
3 out of 5
63 Windmill Rd, Dartmouth, NS, B3A 1C8
The price is CA $150 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Dartmouth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (18 reviews)
"Roomy and comfortable. Kitchen well equipped."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Windmill walk
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Dartmouth, NS
The price is CA $199 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Dartmouth. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk ...
1/5 (2 reviews)
Nightmare
"This experience ruined my vacation. I arrived after a long day of travel in a strange city at night, to find someone else in our accommodation! It was double booked. We were put up for one of 4 nights but then left on our own to find somewhere to stay. Going into a long weekend, there were no rooms ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 30, 2021

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