Dartmouth Nova Scotia

Sandy and Judy Hines

About Dartmouth Nova Scotia

Dartmouth Nova Scotia is long known as the "City of Lakes," because it has 23 lakes. It is second in population in Nova Scotia only to Halifax. Dartmouth provides opportunities for kayaking, windsurfing, canoeing and swimming. Lake Banook boasts a world-class paddling club that has won national and international championships as well as Olympic medals in the sport. The Dartmouth Nova Scotia lakes are popular in winter for skating and ice hockey and offer five supervised freshwater beaches in summer.

The Dartmouth Waterfront has been developed with boardwalks that lead East and West from the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal, providing visitors with excellent views of McNab's Island, George's Island and the two bridges. The Dartmouth Events Plaza accommodates a variety of special events, such as the Multicultural Festival and Canada Day celebrations.

Extensive recreation and sports facilities and programs are available for all ages in Dartmouth Nova Scotia . There are two major indoor aquatic centers, Cole Harbour Place and Dartmouth Sportsplex, that offer Olympic size swimming pools and much more. There are many parks and walkways for the walking enthusiast.

Commuting to Halifax from Dartmouth is achieved by several  different methods. You can drive your car or take a bus over either of two bridges or you can take either of two ferries that travel between Dartmouth and downtown Halifax.


House styles, ages and prices vary in Dartmouth Nova Scotia . Houses can be purchased in virtually any price range.


Dartmouth Nova Scotia has excellent shopping. There are two major shopping centers including Atlantic Canada's largest shopping mall, Mic Mac Mall and Dartmouth Crossing which hosts Big Box stores and a unique Main Street shopping area.


Dartmouth Nova Scotia Real Estate and Homes For Sale

There are many very nice subdivisions in the Dartmouth Nova Scotia area. These include Portland Estates, Russell Lake West, Portland Hills, Forest Hills, Colby Village, Keystone Village, Montebello and many others. We have created detailed descriptions and photos of most of them . On the Index line above click on NEIGHBOURHOODS then scroll to Dartmouth Subdivisions. A sub menu will come up with the various subdivision pages.
To search MLS Real Estate and Homes for sale in Dartmouth click 
For more information on real estate in Dartmouth go to our DARTMOUTH NOVA SCOTIA HOME BUYING GUIDE.


Dartmouth Nova Scotia Schools


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There are too many Dartmouth Nova Scotia elementary and junior high schools to list. Eventually all children end up at one of 4 high schools in the area. Dartmouth High School is located in downtown Dartmouth close to the bridges. Prince Andrew High School is located in the Woodlawn area of Dartmouth. Cole Harbour High School and Auburn High School are located very close to each other in the Forest Hills area of Cole Harbour.

Dartmouth Nova Scotia has two French schools located close to Keystone Village and Montebello Subdivisions. Between the two schools children can attend French school from grade primary to grade 12. These French schools are operated under a separate school board from the English schools.

The Halifax Regional Municipality public school system has many differences depending on what area you decide to purchase. There are also many similarities. For example there is no universal kindergarten. Parents enroll their child in private preschool or child care programs if the children are under age 5 years old. In order to register for grade primary children must be 5 years old by December 31 of the year they start school.

French Immersion is very popular in Dartmouth Nova Scotia . Early French Immersion is a program where children start French Immersion from grade primary. Late Immersion starts in grade 7. Late Immersion is offered in almost all areas but not all. If you are transferring from another school system your child cannot start Early Immersion part way through. For example a child in grade 3 cannot start Early Immersion unless they had been enrolled in a similar program in the school system you are transferring from. The Halifax English public school system is administered by one school board called the Halifax Regional School Board.

Commuting Times and Options in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)


There are a several options in Dartmouth Nova Scotia for getting to and from work or school. Unfortunately there are no train or subway systems. However you can drive, take a bus, take a ferry, drive a bike or use a combination of these. Which method you might choose will depend on where you live. For example if you live in Dartmouth and work in Halifax you might use the ferry on a regular basis. A ferry runs from two locations in Dartmouth to downtown Halifax. Commuters will either take a bus or drive to the ferry terminal and then take a ferry to Halifax. Ferries take about 12 minutes each way.

The bus system in HRM run by Metro Transit is not perfect but is always improving. There an express bus,called Metro Link, that runs from Cole Harbour ( just outside Dartmouth) to downtown Halifax. You can Park and Ride from a  free parking lot at the Cole Harbour terminal. These buses
can be faster than driving because they have only a few stops and the ability to keep a traffic light green until they go through the light. The commute time varies depending on the time of day and location but on average it is between 30 and 45 minutes.

Cost and availability of parking in Halifax might be a consideration for the means of transportation you choose. Parking is very limited and the cost can be high. If you are in the military there is limited parking at the Halifax dockyard, on a first come first served basis, and some limited off site parking on the streets. For this reason many military commuters often decide not to drive to work.


Things to Do in Dartmouth Nova Scotia

Dartmouth Nova Scotia is a fair size city so there are very few recreation and leisure activities that can't be found in the city.


Dartmouth Nova Scotia has excellent indoor recreation centers at Dartmouth Sportsplex and Cole Harbour Place. The Dartmouth Sportsplex offers two indoor pools, including Treasure Cove, which has several large water slides, an indoor track, rink, fitness center and more. Cole Harbour Place offers rinks, a pool complex, squash courts, fitness center, community meeting rooms, a library and more.

Paddling is very popular in Dartmouth, which is understandable since Dartmouth is nicknamed the

" City of Lakes" because it has over 25 lakes. World Class paddlers from Dartmouth have won Olympic and World Championship medals. The city has wonderful paddling clubs including the  Senobe Aquatic Club, Banook Canoe Club, Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club and Abenaki Aquatic Club. Dartmouth has hosted international competitions.


Dartmouth Nova Scotia has 3 excellent golf courses. All offer yearly memberships and green fee play. Brightwood Golf Course and Grandview Golf Course are both excellent 18 hole golf courses. The Links of Montague is one of the best manicured executive 9 hole course and golf training facilities you will find anywhere.

There are plenty of outdoor sports fields so sports such as soccer, football, baseball, etc are very popular in Dartmouth. Many of the organized sports are operated by private associations run by volunteers.


There are several rinks in Dartmouth Nova Scotia so hockey, ringette and figure skating are also very popular activities. Outdoor water activities such as swimming or skating at one of the many lakes in Dartmouth are also enjoyed by the residents.


Shopping in Dartmouth Nova Scotia


There are plenty of shopping options in Dartmouth Nova Scotia from big box stores and large shopping malls to smaller specialty stores. The two most popular shopping locations in Dartmouth are Dartmouth Crossing and Mic Mac Mall.


Dartmouth Crossing is one of metro's most popular shopping areas. Dartmouth Crossing has big box stores such as Costco, Walmart, Home Depot, Golf Town, Staples and many more. It also has a very unique main street style of shopping that has stores on both sides of the street so you can get out of your car and shop much like you would in a downtown shopping district.


Mic Mac Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in Eastern Canada. Mic Mac Mall has hundreds of stores of all sizes. This mall is one of the most popular places to
shop in Dartmouth.

If you choose to live in Dartmouth Nova Scotia there is plenty of good shopping
close by.





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