Short guide to Dartmouth for visitors

Dartmouth Castle and Church, ©The Alternative Rice/Flickr

Dartmouth Castle and Church, ©The Alternative Rice/Flickr

Dartmouth is a town located in the province of Nova Scotia in Canada. Located on the eastern shore of the Harbour of Halifax, Dartmouth is also known as the “City of Lakes”, due to the large number of lakes located in the city. The city of Dartmouth was founded in the year 1750.

The Halifax International Airport is located at about a half an hour distance outside of Dartmouth. It is the largest airport in the Maritime provinces, with daily direct flights from Toronto, Montreal, Newark, Ottawa, Calgary and limited services to regional and holiday destinations. Let’s give you a short tourist guide to Dartmouth.

Tourist attractions

Dartmouth is a paradise for nature lovers, offering numerous opportunities of hiking, biking and canoeing. With footbridges built over extensive beaches, offering stunning views of the ocean, the Waterfront Park is an excellent place for visitors.

Dartmouth, ©osde8info/Flickr

Dartmouth, ©osde8info/Flickr

The costumed tour guides explain the history of the Quaker House, a house dating back from 1786, which now serves as a tourist attraction. You may also visit the Dartmouth Heritage Museum, located in the historic Evergreen House. The Black Cultural Center shows the remarkable history of black people. Of course, no trip to Dartmouth would be complete without a stroll along the Shubenacadie Canal. The Military Museum exhibits authentic war costumes; the Shearwater Aviation Museum attracts visitors with its unique artifacts.

Dartmouth Castle and Church, ©The Alternative Rice/Flickr

Dartmouth Castle and Church, ©The Alternative Rice/Flickr

The oldest structure in Dartmouth is the home of William Ray, one of the whalers. It is situated at Ochterloney Street no 59 and is believed to have been built around 1785 or 1786. Today it is a museum furnished as a typical modest home by a dealer at that time.

Accommodation options in the city

Tourists can stay at the Burnside Hotel, the Comfort Inn Dartmouth, the Howard Johnson Hotel & Suites Dartmouth, the Braeside Court Bed & Breakfast or the Knightswood B & B & Carriage House Private, among others.

The Royal Castle Hotel in Dartmouth, ©Jim Linwood/Flickr

The Royal Castle Hotel in Dartmouth, ©Jim Linwood/Flickr

The best local restaurants

Gourmets can enjoy menus offered by the many restaurants in the town of Dartmouth, among which we mention the Alexandra Pizza, the Hing Wing (Chinese food), the Cupe Ltd Teahouse, which is an enchanting English-style tea house, the Smitty restaurant and many more. In Dartmouth there are many bars, you can try the Monte Bar & Grill and the Celtic Corner.

The Station Restaurant in Dartmouth, ©Jim Linwood/Flickr

The Station Restaurant in Dartmouth, ©Jim Linwood/Flickr

Shopping in Dartmouth

And last, but not at least, a short guide to Dartmouth for visitors must presnt some shopping places as well. You can shop at Mic Mac Mall that has over 160 stores and services, at the Dartmouth Crossing or at the Penhorn Mall.

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