Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.


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.


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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Dartmouth

The nearest airport is in Halifax, NS (YHZ-Stanfield Intl.), located 15.5 mi (24.9 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Dartmouth?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 188 vacation rentals near Dartmouth. From 81 Condos/Apartments to 86 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Dartmouth for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Dartmouth?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Dartmouth:

  • Downtown: 26 vacation rentals
  • Harbourview: 27 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Halifax: 68 vacation rentals
  • South End: 92 vacation rentals
  • North End: 71 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Dartmouth?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Dartmouth. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Royal Canadian Legion Military Museum: 257 vacation rentals
  • Lake Banook Trail Park: 254 vacation rentals
  • Alderney Landing: 260 vacation rentals
  • Dartmouth Sportsplex: 258 vacation rentals
  • Sullivans Pond Park: 257 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dartmouth listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Dartmouth?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 81 Condos/Apartments in Dartmouth. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Dartmouth include:

  • Houses: 86 rentals available
  • Cottages: 6 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Dartmouth?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 27 vacation rentals with pool available in Dartmouth. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.