Located in the southern portion of the province, Dartmouth covers 58.57 square kilometres near the communities of Shearwater, Cherry Brook, Loon Lake, and Lakeview.
This city of over 67,000 people is situated directly across the Halifax Harbour from the city of Halifax.
Dartmouth has numerous lakes within its boundaries, which has earned it the nickname “City of Lakes,” and these include Lake Micmac, Topsail Lake, Lake Banook, Albro Lake, Russell Lake, and Frenchman Lake.
Highways 7, 107, 111, 118, 207, and 318 run through and around the city, and connect it to other areas of the province, including nearby Halifax.
Province: Nova Scotia
Area: 58.57 km2
The northern section of Dartmouth includes residential areas, a correctional facility, parks, lakes, large commercial areas (with service providers, stores, and restaurants), a racetrack, a yacht club, a rehabilitation centre, accommodations, a movie theatre, schools, and churches.
Amongst the residential areas in the central section are the city’s downtown area, a golf course, museums, commercial areas (restaurants, shops, service providers), parks, lakes, a library, a ferry terminal, schools, churches, a sportsplex, beach areas, a college campus, accommodations, and a power plant.
Dartmouth’s southern section includes residential areas, an industrial park, two hospitals, schools, a college campus, a bowling alley, a provincial court building, an arena, parks, lakes, commercial areas, and an oil refinery facility.
The Dartmouth Heritage Museum tells the story of the city’s past and present through exhibits, artifacts, photographs, and events. Topics include the industrial, commercial, and social history of the area, and also changing exhibits such as historical maps of Dartmouth, an old photography studio, and a presentation about the 1917 Dartmouth explosion. Events held at the venue include afternoon teas, film screenings, and privategatherings. Two historic homes are part of the museum and include Evergreen House, built in 1867, and Quaker House, built in 1785.
Shubie Park features a fully serviced campground right in the heart of the city, as well as a playground, a tennis court, shower facilities, canoe/kayak rentals, an off-leash dog area, an information centre, a café, forested areas, a canal with locks, walking trails, interpretive signage, birdwatching and wildlife viewing opportunities, and a beach area.
Trades, healthcare and social assistance, agriculture, energy, fishing, manufacturing, transportation, government, and education are all key industries in Dartmouth. Some of the largest companies in the city include Lawton’s Drug Stores, M & M Manufacturing Ltd., Nova Scotia Hospital, Dartmouth General Hospital, Halifax County Regional Rehabilitation Centre, Hershey Canada Inc., Imperial Oil Ltd., Metropolitan Authority, and Purolator Courier Ltd.
The Halifax municipal government provides a variety of services and resources for new and existing businesses in the region, including marketing and promotion, training, networking, site selection, and assistance with permits and licensing.
Plenty of large commercial properties can be found in the northern section of Dartmouth. Many tend to be industrial in size and set-up. Low- to mid-priced single-family homes can also be found here, and tend to be older builds, but there are also a few high-priced newer builds close to the outskirts of town. There are some affordable condo options in this section, as well as more expensive, newer condo options located along the waterfront.
Single-family homes tend to be very affordable in the central section of the city, as are condo options. Most of the properties are older and somewhat smaller than the properties found in the northern section. Lot sizes tend to be smaller here, and vacant land is reasonably priced. There are also many commercial options in this section.
Newer, higher-priced homes can be found in the southern section of Dartmouth, as can affordable mobile home options. Lakefront properties come at a high price, and so does vacant land in this section. Large industrial commercial properties can be found in certain areas of this section as well.
Examples of schools in Dartmouth include Hawthorn Elementary School, Dartmouth High School, Bicentennial School, John Martin Jr. High School, Ian Forsyth School, Southdale – North Woodside School, Caledonia Jr. High School, Crichton Park School, Prince Andrew High School, Churchill Academy, John MacNeil Elementary School, Prince Arthur Jr. High School, and Harbour View School.
Post-secondary options in Dartmouth include Maritime Business College and Nova Scotia Community College. Other options are available in Halifax and include Dalhousie University, Academy of Learning College, daVinci College, Eastern College, and Mt. St. Vincent University.