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Sitting across the harbor from Halifax is Dartmouth, a small town that has been around since 1750. There are two primary reasons to visit this Nova Scotia town (aside from the scenic ferry ride across the harbor): First, to enjoy its natural landscape; and second, to take in its history. Known as "The City of Lakes," Dartmouth is peppered with 23 individual ponds, many of which are surrounded by public parkland and ideal for a picnic. Another scenic stomping ground is the Shubenacadie Canal, which was created in the early 1800s to connect Halifax Harbor to Shubenacadie Grand Lake and ultimately the Bay of Fundy near Nova Scotia's interior.

You should can spend an hour or two exploring Dartmouth's harbor, where you'll find a cluster of historic buildings that now house cute shops and cozy restaurants.

Dartmouth is just a twelve-minute ferry ride from downtown Halifax, though you can choose to walk or drive there via the Angus L. MacDonald Bridge. To learn more about what Dartmouth has to offer, you can visit the official town website.

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#1 Historic Properties Wharf To sample historic Halifax, spend a few hours perusing the Historic Properties. Overlooking the harbor from its city-center locale, this neighborhood retains much of its original fin-de-siècle architecture. The historic ... Read more » Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

#2 Citadel National Historic Site Towering over downtown Halifax, the Citadel is a testament to the city's military past. Four forts have occupied this hilltop since 1749, when British Colonel Edward Cornwallis governed the ... Read more » Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

#3 Halifax Public Gardens The Public Gardens are a living testament to the Victorian era. And visitors welcome the respite from the urban atmosphere. Established in 1867, this two-acre public space -- marked by an ... Read more » Lisa Anne Paul / Flickr

#4 Dartmouth Sitting across the harbor from Halifax is Dartmouth, a small town that has been around since 1750. There are two primary reasons to visit this Nova Scotia town (aside from ... Read more » Robert Alfers / Wikimedia Commons

#5 Maritime Museum of the Atlantic It makes sense that Canada's oldest and most substantial maritime museum is located in Halifax: The city's history drips with stories from the sea. By displaying artifacts and ... Read more » Bryson109 / Wikimedia Commons

#6 St. Paul's Church Founded in 1749 by Britain's King George II, St. Paul's is Canada's oldest Protestant church. The building may look simple at first, but architecture buffs and historians ... Read more » Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

#7 Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Between 1928 and 1971, one million immigrants passed through the doors of Pier 21 and became full-fledged members of the Canadian community. This large ocean liner terminal -- often referred to ... Read more » baekken / Flickr

#8 Alexander Keith's Brewery Founded in 1820, Alexander Keith's Brewery is one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. The brewery is named for a Scottish immigrant who devoted his life to ... Read more » Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

#9 Province House This three-story Palladian building in the heart of Halifax has provided a meeting ground for the Nova Scotia House of Assembly since 1819, making it the oldest house of government ... Read more » Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

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Actors in period garb demonstrate what life was like when the 78th Highland Regiment was stationed at the Citadel. Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

The Halifax Public Gardens provide a serene setting for a picnic. Lisa Anne Paul / Flickr

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St. Paul's Church is the oldest Protestant church in Canada. Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

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After you've sampled some local brew at Alexander Keith's Brewery, try some local fare at the adjacent market. Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

This National Historic Site is the oldest house of government in Canada. Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

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