picture1 of 2
2 of 2
Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

Key Info

Alderny Drive

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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. Walking on the trails at Shubenacadie is a favorite activity for many recent visitors.

You should 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. The area is also adorned with different street art, making the walk between boutiques and eateries entertaining.

Dartmouth is just a 12-minute ferry ride from downtown Halifax, though you can also 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.

See all Hotels in Halifax »

More Best Things To Do in Halifax

1 of 18
2 of 18
Type
Time to Spend
#1 Halifax 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 Edward Cornwallis, a career British military officer, governed the region; the fort that stands today dates back to 1856. Visitors can wander the Citadel's corridors and learn about Halifax's involvement in major wars, such as the American Revolution, the American Civil War and both World Wars. The on-site Army Museum offers a closer look at the fortress's history. And to truly feel what it was like to be on the hill back in its heyday, make sure to come at lunchtime, when reenactors of the Royal Artillery fire the traditional noon gun.

You can also interact with members of the 78th Highland Regiment. From May through October, these kilted reenactors offer free guided tours of the fort and provide insight on what it was like to be a soldier there. You can even learn to shoot a 19th-century rifle from one of these reenactors (for an extra fee and age restrictions apply).  

Read more
Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism
See full list of Best Things To Do in Halifax »

Explore More of Halifax

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.