Dartmouth, NS, Canada

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Dartmouth, NS, Canada

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Welcome to the City of Lakes

Billed by locals as the City of Lakes, Dartmouth is Halifax’s unhurried neighbor. It more than lives up to its reputation, with numerous bodies of water dotted in and around the city. Lake Banook is a local favorite, with family friendly rec sites and beaches that are perfect for swimming, fishing, and impromptu picnics. Downtown you’ll find an upbeat waterfront scene, with plenty of traditional pubs, romantic bistros, and tasty fish and chip shops to eat your way through. Halifax is just across the harbor, with a car bridge making it easy to hop between the communities.

Take in the scenery in Dartmouth

It may be smaller than Halifax, but Dartmouth is just as energetic. You’ll find most of the action down by the waterfront, where a lively boardwalk offers unparalleled views of the Halifax skyline. While you’re there, be sure to stop at Alderney Landing, a cultural and performing center anchored by a bustling outdoor plaza. On weekends, it hosts a fantastic farmers market and craft fair. Halifax is just a short jaunt across the bridge, where you can visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration, Citadel Hill National Historic Site, and Halifax Seaport Farmers Market. Stay after dark and there’s a legendary live music scene to soak up.

Discover Dartmouth’s rich maritime legacy

Built in 1861, the Shubenacadie Canal was raised to move ships between Halifax Harbor to the Bay of Fundy. Today its legacy lives on in Shubie Park, where you can admire a meticulously restored lock, wander around an interpretive center, and explore a network of canal side trails. If you’re interested in history, Quaker House offers a fascinating glimpse at Dartmouth’s whaling roots. Nearby Evergreen House is another cultural highlight, and is also home to the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. For a unique stay, Dartmouth vacation rentals unlock access to beautifully restored heritage properties.

Summers of celebrations in Dartmouth

If you want to avoid icy winds and lashings of rain, the best time to visit Dartmouth is in the summer. Every August, Dartmouth celebrates Natal Day, its beloved civic holiday. The city explodes with celebrations, with street parties, parades, and plenty of maritime pride. You’ll want to stay close to the action so why not take advantage of Dartmouth vacation rentals in the heart of the city? Halifax also ushers in a string of festivals and cultural events during the summer, with Dartmouth serving as a great base.

Where the lakes meet the sea

Backing onto Halifax Harbor, Dartmouth is one of Nova Scotia’s liveliest cities. It still serves as a working Atlantic port, with plenty of maritime history to devour. If Dartmouth vacation rentals feel a little limited, why not look across the bay to Halifax? The provincial capital is dotted with a fantastic array of properties, from the trendy North End to the vibrant downtown core. Dartmouth is also known for its shimmering lakes formed by ancient glaciers. Today they attract legions of swimmers, kayakers, anglers, and ice skaters.