Known as the “City of Lakes”, Dartmouth rests on the eastern shore of Halifax Harbour and is fringed by the Waverley-Salmon River Long Lake Wilderness Park. The waterside city is brimming with maritime heritage, from ferry rides to lobster rolls and coastal hikes.
Things to do in Dartmouth
Stroll along Dartmouth Waterfront and take in the views of the Halifax Skyline. See the former Shubenacadie Canal, which once connected to the Dartmouth and Halifax harbours, before exploring Alderney Landing where Dartmouth began over 250 years ago. For a unique perspective of the harbour, hop aboard the Dartmouth-Halifax Ferry.
Delve into the story of Dartmouth’s early settlers at the Quaker House. The beautifully preserved 18th-century building was the home of a New England family who arrived in Dartmouth for whaling. Wander through the recently restored rooms on a guided tour with a costumed historian before relaxing in the heritage gardens.
Enjoy the spectacular view of the Halifax Harbour from the rooftop bar at The Wooden Monkey. In the restaurant, tuck into local farm-to-table food, which celebrates the heritage of the Nova Scotia with dishes like sustainable salmon and grass-fed braised beef. Beer enthusiasts can sample Nova Scotia draughts, such as the IPA from Bad Apple Brewhouse.
Keen to keep active? Walk or cycle along the Great Dartmouth Trail, which traces the Shubenacadie Canal and the lakes of Micmac and Banook. After working up an appetite, stop by the Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market to taste fresh local produce and home-baked goods.
Getting around Dartmouth
Dartmouth is serviced by Halifax Stanfield International Airport, a 25-minute taxi or one-hour bus ride away. Dartmouth in connected to Halifax by the Angus L. Macdonald and A. Murray MacKay bridges. Buses, ferries and taxis are available in Dartmouth.