Overview of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Dartmouth 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 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. 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 two 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. Houses can be purchased in virtually any price range.


Dartmouth 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.


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