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  • St Georges Island in Halifax Harbour
    St Georges Island in Halifax Harbour
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    Dining Area
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Dartmouth Things to Do

  • Memorial to where it all started.

    Before anyone starts having a go at me, I fully appreciate that the Mi'qmak people had been in the area of Halifax / Dartmouth for centuries if not millenia and I do not wish to decry that at all. I wish to draw attention to a memorial of not even the first European settlers to the area but perhaps the most significant group. Sited in the...

  • Legendary, and rightly so.

    I dislike the words legend / legendary as I find them much overused by lazy journalists tring to "spice up" a headline. Why then, would I use it in regards to a small eatery in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia? I'll tell you, it is simply because this place deserves the accolade.I was travelling there recently with my dear friend VT member RavensWing and she...

  • A fascinating piece of history.

    It would be true to say that as far as travellers are concerned Dartmouth, which is across the bay from the Nova Scotian capital of Halifax probably suffers a little in comparison. However, a bit of digging, especially using some of the excellent free publications that seem to be so readily available locally, will turn up some fascinating little...

  • Great Irish pub.

    I am not generally a great fan of "theme" pubs be they Irish, Scottish or Outer Mongolian as I think they lack authenticity for the great part. Occasionally, however, I'll find one that I do like and this tip concerns Ceilidh's pub in Dartmouth which is excellent. I still haven't worked out if it is meant to be Scottish or Irish themed or perhaps a...

  • ~ Quaker House ~

    The first wave of Quakers came to Dartmouth in the early 1700's. Whaling was their way of life. It took the men away for long periods of time. Men were at sea for up to 2 years, although the longest trip was 11 years. While the men were gone the women had to find a way to pass the time and find ways to fill their pantries. The women would churn...

  • ~ Ceilidh's Pub ~

    Ceilidh's Pub is a small cozy pub. The staff is very friendly. We stopped in for a pint and had a very friendly chat with the barmaid. There is live music played on the weekends. Unfortunately the weekend we were there the live music had been cancelled. There musicians that usually booked their gigs there were off at a Ceilidh in Cape...


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Dartmouth Restaurants

  • ~ The Tastiest Fried Clams ~

    John's Lunch is a small - or tiny might be more appropriate - restaurant in Dartmouth. John opened his restaurant in 1969 and has been going strong since. Fotus Fatouros is a co-owner and has been asked how much longer John's Lunch will stay open. He is training his sons and his wife works at this amazing restaurant and he expects at least another...

  • Great atmosphere opposite the Alderney...

    The Celtic Corner is a great pub to visit. Nothing special; come as you are and inhale the atmosphere.I remember I enjoyed a wonderful soup, that could easily feed a family.The main course Spaghetti was excellent as well.Service was like being in a family home.Pub hours:Mo-Th: 11AM - MidnightFs-Sa: 11AM - 1AMSu: 11AM - Midnight

  • Don't miss this gem of a lunchstop

    John's has been around since 1969 and the tables and counter stools have been packed since it opened.They serve a good variety of foods but specialize in fresh Nova Scotia seafood. From deep fried clams, scallops, haddick tips, shrimp and crispy battered fish to burgers, hot sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and the list goes on.The staff are very...


Dartmouth Transportation

  • Catch the Ferry.

    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...

  • ~ Bob's Taxi ~

    "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.

  • ~ Toll Bridges ~

    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.


Dartmouth Shopping

  • Bargains

    Just another Flea Market I discovered on a Sunday morning. At this part of Dartmouth sometimes Farmer Markets are held too.It's next door to the Bargain Brothers; shops seems to come and go here.The place is not that big, but I found some records here. Second hand goods. Reasonable prices.

  • Second hand CD's and Records

    Third Eye is one of the small businesses inside the Harbourview Weekend Market.There is a small amount of records in the merchandise.Business hours:Sa-Su: 9AM - 4PM 2nd hand CD's or records. Reasonable prices.

  • Second Hand Records

    Alan the Record Man is one of the small businesses inside the Harbourview Weekend Market.He has some nice records in his merchandise.Business hours:Sa-Su: 9AM - 4PM 2nd hand records Reasonable Prices


Dartmouth Local Customs

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    ~ How Much Do I Tip? ~

    by RavensWing Written Jul 9, 2014

    It is expected here when you go to a restaurant, spa, bar, and other areas like this to tip the server, bartender, or whomever is working on you. The expected rate varies from 5% to 20%.

    If you head into a restaurant and the server takes too long with your drinks, messes up your order -- well that would be in the 5% range. If that server has been interacting with you, your food comes on time, your drinks replenished quickly, that might fall into the 10% to 15%. If you've had extraordinary service then that's when you would tip 20%.

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Dartmouth Warnings and Dangers

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    ~ Hurricanes and Tropical Storms ~

    by RavensWing Updated Jul 9, 2014

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    Since 1901 Nova Scotia has averaged a land falling tropical storm or hurricane once every 2 1/2 years.

    The winds can be extremely high and the rains extremely heavy.

    If you happen to be visiting and a hurricane or tropical storm is due to hit follow the alerts on The Weather Network

    2014 ~ Hurricane Arthur
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Dartmouth Sports & Outdoors

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    The Shubenacadie Canal

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Oct 16, 2012

    The Shubenacadie Canal was finished in 1861 after 35 of construction trouble. In served Nova Scotian transportation for a decade, when the Railroad toke over. The canal links 7 lakes and it is the longest waterway in Nova Scotia.

    Equipment: Canoe or sailboat.

    Shubenacadie Canal Shubenacadie Canal Paddle the canal
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Dartmouth Favorites

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    The 2003 Nova Scotia International Air...

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 20, 2003

    Favorite thing: The 2003 NSIAS was held on September 6 and 7 at the Shearwater Airfield. The show on the first day started later due to the delayed arrival (fog) of most aircraft.

    For the pictures see my travelogues

    Official NSIAS site

    NSIAS Flyer
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