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    Catch the Ferry.

    by planxty Written Oct 13, 2014

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    Whilst there is much to like about Dartmouth I would suggest that most travellers who come here are intending to visit the Nova Scotian capital of Halifax, just across the Bedford Basin. If you don't drive and / or want to avoid the hassle of finding parking in central Halifax or indeed just fancy having a drink with your dinner then there are a few ways you can do this. There are regular buses over the large Angus MacDonald bridge or else you can take one of the two ferry services which both terminate at the Metro Terminal in Halifax. One departs from Woodside and one from Dartmouth and it is the latter I intend to write about here.

    If the traveller gets the Dartmouth Ferry they are not only allowing themselves a fun experience with unrivalled views of the Halifax seafront, they are also becoming a part of history. This ferry route has been running since 1752 making it the second oldest saltwater ferry in the world (after the Mersey ferry in Liverpool, UK) and you are also traversing the second largest harbour on the planet apparently. All this in 12 - 15 minutes on a very well regulated and tidy craft with a friendly and efficient crew.

    You can buy a ticket at the terminal (again spotless and comfortable) although the trick is that if you are coming from elsewhere in Dartmouth you can ask the bus driver for a transfer which is good on the ferry which I thought was good value. Indeed, your transfer is valid for a certain period of time so you can even get a further bus on the Halifax side. The same applies for the return journey. I should mention that the terminals on both sides are extremely well patrolled by security and a great deal more pleasant than some I have been in round the word.

    A little insiders tip for you here. If you are at all interested in warships go on the upstairs deck and sit on the starboard side (i.e. the right looking towards the front) as the naval dockyard is just upstream and it really depends on what vessels are in port but you might get a few decent photos. The same applies for the bridge, upstairs and starboard is the place to be.

    This is an inexpensive and very enjoyable thing to do, not to mention being extremely practical. Sounds like a good deal to me, you should try it.

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    ~ Bob's Taxi ~

    by RavensWing Written Jul 9, 2014

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    "I'll be there in a minute" - is actually a long time. I called for a taxi a couple times and each time they were there in less than a minute. It almost makes you think that they are just around the corner waiting for you to call. The drivers were courteous and the taxi's were clean.

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    ~ Toll Bridges ~

    by RavensWing Written Jul 8, 2014

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    There are two bridges that connect Halifax and Dartmouth. The Angus MacDonald and the A. Murray MacKay bridge. Both these bridges are toll bridges.

    On both bridges the toll is collected on the Dartmouth side. The cost is $1.00. Make sure you have the correct change available.

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    ~ Metro Transit ~

    by RavensWing Written Jul 8, 2014

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    If you're not interested in driving in the city, you can always take the bus. There are buses that cross the bridges between Halifax and Dartmouth daily. I found the best way to figure out how to get from one place to the other is to ask the bus drivers. It's much easier than trying to figure out the schedules. If you wish to find out when the bus is expected to arrive at the bus stop you are at you can call the number at the bottom of the bus sign, enter the bus route you are waiting for and you will receive a recording that tells you when the next bus is scheduled to arrive.

    Different routes stop running at different times. Make sure you know what time you need to be back to your accommodations or you may end up taking a taxi or walking because the route you need has stopped running for the evening.

    It is relatively cheap to ride the bus. $2.50/adult and you can ask for a transfer which will get you onto another bus or either the Woodside or Aldernay Ferry. For current rates check here.

    The buses are clean and air conditioned for those hot humid days. They also have many buses which offer handicap access and bike racks that hold up to two bicycles. Check the Route schedule information for buses that have these services.

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    ~ Metro Transit Ferry Service ~

    by RavensWing Written Jul 8, 2014

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    If you're heading to Halifax or Dartmouth you can take the Metro Ferry. It is relatively cheap to take the ferry. If you are transferring from a bus, simply show the transfer slip to the attendant or it's $2.50/adult to cross on the ferry. Click here for current rates

    It's a quick ride from Halifax to Aldernay terminal (12 minutes) and Halifax to Woodside terminal is only 14 minutes.

    The ferry has an enclosed lower level and an open upper level, with seats on each level. There is no vending machines for food or drink on the ferry.

    Make sure you check the schedules to ensure that the ferry is still running when you plan to return to the other side.

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    Ferry

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Oct 17, 2012

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    The ferries are an important part of the local transportation to and from Halifax. Buy your tickets from the man at the entrance gate (exact change). There are tickets for ferry use only or connecting tickets, so you can take the bus at the other end to go further. In Darthmouth are two ferry terminals, the Alderney and the Woodside.

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    The Angus L. MacDonald Toll Bridge

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 17, 2003

    The MacDonald bridge is one of the toll (75 cents) bridges to Halifax.

    This bridge is the only one with a pedestrian walkway at one side and a bicycle lane at the other.

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    The A. Murray MacKay Toll Bridge

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 17, 2003

    The MacKay bridge is one of the toll (75 cents)cbridges to Halifax.

    The bridge is a part of highway 111.

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