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Neighbourhood watch: Downtown Dartmouth

There are many reasons why we love this (part of) town.


Dartmouth’s welcoming committee (clockwise from top): Two if by Sea, The Bike Pedalar, Sugar Shok and Celtic Corner. - RILEY SMITH
  • Riley Smith
  • Dartmouth’s welcoming committee (clockwise from top): Two if by Sea, The Bike Pedalar, Sugar Shok and Celtic Corner.

Few communities in the HRM wear neighbourhood pride on their sleeves like Dartmouth. (Actually, in this 'hood, they wear it on their t-shirts, their buttons and their sandwich boards, too.) Downtown Dartmouth has been certainly been working its way out of the shadow of its big sister, downtown Halifax, for the past few years, so to label it an up-and-comer seems a little unfair. Regardless, if you're on the hunt for a home this is definitely location to keep an eye on. Whether you're strolling the flower streets, praying to see a For Sale sign, or dreaming of the sunrises your could wake up to from King's Wharf, there's tons to experience on this side of the bridge.

The Alderney Landing Farmers' Market: For its local meat, product, crazy-healthy donuts (er, one can dream), Caribbean food and handmade goods and crafts.

The keen entrepreneurs that keep shop windows lively: Like the Bike Pedaler, Sugar Shok, Dartmouth Yarns, Janet's Flower Shop, Uptown Girl Fashion Boutique, Fisher's Stationery and more.

The fine fleet of vessels, otherwise known as ferries, that taxi us between Dartmouth and Halifax: Tourists pay top dollar for a jolly old harbour tour, and these babies get the job done for a cool $2.25. Sweeten the sailing schedule with late-night service and we'd be laughing.

You guessed it, Two if by Sea: In all its caffeinated, buttery glory, TIBS is clearly a landmark here. But there are other great eats and drinks to be had too, like at Celtic Corner, The Wooden Monkey, Caroline's Bakery, Nectar and La Perla.

The oodles of green space, just waiting for the arrival of your picnic blanket, running shoes or Frisbee: Plant something at Dartmouth Commons' community garden, bake a pizza in the community oven, stroll around Sullivan's Pond or spin along the Trans-Canada trail.


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