Dartmouth. It’s one of the most vibrant areas in Nova Scotia. Known as the City of Lakes, it’s located right across the Harbour from Halifax. Although it’s still known as “Dartmouth” on its own, the area is actually a part of the Halifax Regional Municipality. But it definitely has a personality and vibrancy all its own!
Not surprisingly, Dartmouth has the same urban energy and charm as Halifax, but with its own unique twist. It’s at the centre of the action, and for those who love to see and experience it all, Dartmouth is the place to be.
A little bit of history…
The area was settled in 1750 by British settlers and named after William Legge, Britain’s Secretary of State for the American Colonies and the second Earl of Dartmouth. The community focused primarily on farming and fishing until the Shubenacadie Canal was constructed in the mid 1800s, which linked the Bay of Fundy to Halifax Harbour. This great asset led to the building of many factories during the industrial revolution. The booming success led to the evolution of a thriving community, making Dartmouth one of the most vibrant areas in Nova Scotia. Today, it’s a community of artisans, entrepreneurs, start-ups and long established businesses, mixed with families and a youthful, hip vibe.
Things to See in Dartmouth
Thanks to Dartmouth has tons of cool shops and eateries, but it doesn’t stop there. The area offers plenty of things to see, including the Dartmouth Waterfront, Shubie Park, and the Quaker House.
· Dartmouth Waterfront: The waterfront offers a scenic view of the Shubenacadie Canal, which was, of course, once connected to Halifax Harbour. A walk along the waterfront’s boardwalk will reveal even more landmarks to see and visit, including George’s and McNab’s Islands, the Halifax Skyline, and Alderney Landing.
· Shubie Park: Shubie Park’s main attraction is a restored section of the Shubenacadie Canal. However, the park also features an interpretive centre, locks, and scenic trails located alongside the canal.
· The Quaker House: Built in 1785, the Quaker House on Ochterloney Street is an important part of Dartmouth’s history. It’s the preserved home of a family of whale hunters who moved to Dartmouth from New England in the 1780s. The Evergreen House, another fascinating historical home, is located right down the street from the Quaker House.
Things to Do in Dartmouth
Today, Dartmouth is a stunning centre with many things to do. Visitors and residents alike will find plenty to do, as it features 23 lakes and many walking trails and parks. It’s truly a wonderful place for anyone who loves the outdoors. The lakes offer the opportunity to swim, canoe, kayak, and windsurf. In fact, Lake Banook is often the site of regattas, and is home to a world-class and renowned paddling course.
Whether you’re planning to make a move to Dartmouth or will be visiting in the near future, King’s Wharf is the perfect base from which to explore all that this wonderful area has to offer. Please contact us for more information on apartments to rent in Dartmouth, NS, or to inquire about buying one of our luxury residences.