Dartmouth is a port city along the North Atlantic Ocean.

Dartmouth is part of the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), however, the city is still recognized geographically as Dartmouth as well as HRM. Per the most recent census, the population is approximately 418,000 (2015 estimate). Dartmouth is home to the Burnside Business Park, which is a major centre for sales and services as well as warehouse and distribution industries.

Dartmouth Travel Guide
Halifax Region Community Demographics
Halifax Municipal Website

Dartmouth History

After Edward Cornwallis founded Halifax, the British quickly built Dartmouth in 1750. For the years following, Dartmouth would serve as a British fortification against raids. Today, following an amalgamation of four municipalities in 1996, Dartmouth is officially known as Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM).

Dartmouth: Canadian Encyclopedia
Dartmouth Local History

Dartmouth Weather

Dartmouth’s climate is frigid and temperate. Dartmouth experiences lots of rainfall during the year, even during September (the driest month). Dartmouth averages 1433 millimeters of precipitation falling annually. The temperature in Dartmouth can vary by about 23.3°C, with July being the warmest month (17.9°C) and February being the coldest month (-5.4°C).

Climate of Dartmouth
Weather Forecast for Dartmouth

Settle In

Cost of living in Dartmouth

According to Numbeo, the cost of living in Dartmouth (exclusive of rent) is about $1,085 for a single person and $3,966 for a family of four. Compared to New York, the cost of living is about 23 percent lower. Compared to Toronto, the cost of living is about 10 percent higher, however, rent is about 30 percent lower.

Cost of Living Comparison: Dartmouth and Toronto
Dartmouth Quality of Life Index

Real Estate

Per the most recent census, there are 177,160 private dwellings in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Dartmouth contributes 10 neighbourhoods to the 200 that make up the Halifax Regional Municipality. Dartmouth is a larger area that offers neighbourhoods with all the amenities and is closely located to Halifax.

Homes for Sale in Dartmouth
Apartments for Rent in Dartmouth

Locate Key Resources


Located in the southern part of the city, Dartmouth General Hospital offers emergency services. The Nova Scotia Health Authority lists nine hospitals serving Halifax Regional Municipality as well. Among the larger institutions is QEII Health Sciences Centre of Capital Health, which operates in ten buildings at two locations: Halifax Infirmary (HI) and Victoria General (VG).

Capital Health System
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Dartmouth General Hospital


Halifax Regional Municipality is plentiful in transit options. Halifax Transit serves more than 100,000 passengers daily. If you're one for a scenic view, you can take one of the four passenger ferries. Or if you prefer a more active option of transportation, Dartmouth has plenty of cycling routes. The primary air hub is Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), which serves more than 3.6 million passengers a year.

Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Halifax Transit
Cycling in Halifax Regional Municipality


The Halifax Regional School Board oversees 134 schools, serving roughly 48,000 students. There are several private schools, including Sacred Heart School of Halifax (Catholic) and King’s Edgehill School, Canada’s oldest private school. Halifax has several institutions of higher learning, including Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Community College and the University of King’s College.

Halifax Regional School Board
Sacred Heart School of Halifax
Dalhousie University

Enjoy The City


Dartmouth offers suitable accommodations for any event. Coastal Inn provides easy access to Halifax and is a bit lighter on the wallet. If you're one for a cozy stay, Karen's Bed and Breakfast is in a peaceful Victorian style home. And if you're fond of a more untraditional option, Airbnb has many lodging options in Dartmouth. You can find a more conventional stay at the Hearthstone or Hampton Inn as well.

Top 10 Hotels in Dartmouth (TripAdvisor)
Places to Stay in Nova Scotia
Dartmouth Airbnb


Dartmouth has quite the variety of restaurants to suit your assorted taste buds. Evan's Seafood, famous for their fish and chips, is a great place to taste something flavorful from the Atlantic. If you're one for spicy food, don't skip out on Cha Baa Thai restaurant, well known locally for authentic affordable Thai dishes. You can have a piece of southern Italy at Trullo, serving genuine Italian cuisine. For a comfortable, local eat, visit the Millstone Public House with dishes ranging from Atlantic salmon to a burger.

Yelp's Best 10 Eats in Dartmouth
Restaurants in Dartmouth

Things To Do

A great place to start is the Dartmouth harbour ferry which provides a picturesque view and it'll cost you a modest $2.00. If you're one for shopping, you'll want to take a stroll through Portland street. The Trans Canada Trail runs along the Dartmouth Lakes and Historic Shubenacadie Canal, making it a scenic hiking spot. If you're interested in something a bit more family oriented, Dart river provides kayaking, surfing, and canoeing trips.

Explore Nova Scotia
Top Attractions in Dartmouth (TripAdvisor)