Reasons to visit & live the other side of the Harbour - see what Dartmouth, Cole Harbour & eastern Shore communities have to offer.

Published 18 September 14 10:20 AM | Merv Edinger 
 
Don't limit yourself by staying on the Halifax side of our Port city. Cross the Macdonald or McKay Bridges, jump,on one of the ferries and venture across to see everything that Dartmouth, Woodside, Cole Harbour & the communities on the eastern shore have to offer.

The harbour ferry to Dartmouth only takes 10 minutes and is North America’s longest running salt water passenger ferry, and costs only $2.50 to board. Once here, check out the fresh goods at Alderney Landing Farmer’s Market and the World Peace Pavillion showcasing over 100 rocks and bricks from around the world including a piece of the Berlin Wall and the Great Wall of China. http://www.halifax.ca/transit/Schedules/documents/FerryAlderney.pdf

Enjoy the view of the Halifax Harbour from a roof top patio from The Wooden Monkey and sample their menu from locally grown organic produce or check out all the Celtic Corner has on tap! Both offer a friendly staff and great atmosphere.

Stroll up Portland Street to check out the many locally owned unique shops and services in downtown Dartmouth including Sugar Shok http://www.sugarshok.com/  to satisfy your sweet craving,  Lemon Dogs Lemonade for a unique twist on the refreshing beverage, plus so many more restaurants, pubs, boutiques, & businesses.

Visit and shop at the many art galleries http://halifaxartmap.com/index.php/home/Dartmouth for Dartmoquth and the Eastern Shore http://halifaxartmap.com/index.php/home/coast-country-east

PodCamp - It's completely free to attend, sessions range from introductory courses for newbies to advanced debates for digital hobnobbers. 

Enjoy a your favorite cup of Java and a sweet treat at Ma Belle Cafe or Two If By Sea Cafe.

Grab a copy 

Enjoy the vistas along the Harbourfront trail or explore the natural beauty that the Trans Canada Trail offers along the Dartmouth Lakes and Historic Shubenacadie Canal. Great for walking, bird watching & cycling.

Cole Harbour Heritage Farm - go back in time to appreciate how the local farmers worked the land that is now Dartmouth & Cole Harbour. Kids will love visiting the various animals or enjoy tea. Check their websites for events including plant sale, wagon rides, and more. http://coleharbourfarmmuseum.ca/

the Black Cultural Centre - Historical information, upcoming events, music, heroes, and stories. A great learning opportunity. http://www.bccns.com

Enjoy a picnic at the Dartmouth Commons or make use of the community park oven  
http://www.parkoven.ca/

Fisherman's Cove where you can enjoy the amazing fish & chips and other fare at Wharf Wraps or live music on the deck at Boondocks.

Check out Lawrencetown Beach or Cow Bay Beach ( just look for the "Moose" ) known for their waves in North America, making them prime surfing destinations. You can take surfing lessons at Lawrencetown Beach. No gear, no worries, you can rent it.

Go for a dip or take the kids fishing in the City of Lakes. For swimming, the beach at Lake Banook, MacDonald Beach on Morris Lake, Bell Lake or at Shubie Park. Many of Dartmouth's lakes are stocked with fish. 

Introduce the kids to the city's wildlife by strolling along the many networks of trails through Portland Estates, Forest Hills, & Cole Harbour that link into the Trans Canada Trail. Cycling along the trail to Lawrencetown Beach is a favourite Summer time. Enjoy the sights of the osprey tending their nests, look for the beaver dams along the trails, look for various birds of prey such as bald eagles, hawks, & falcons as they hunt for their next meal. You may also spot muskrats, hares, deer with their fawns, raccoons, porcupines. Bears, coyotes and occasionally wild cats have also been seen. Their is also lots of flora to be enjoyed such as our provincial flower, the May flower, pitcher plants, various berries, wild roses, lady slippers and more. http://www.halifax.ca/trails/

Watch the dragon boat races or learn to paddle one yourself at Lake Banook at the Abenaki Aquatic Club. 

Visit the Bedford Institute of Oceanography fyor a terrific learning experience. Tours run in the summer, Monday to Friday, 9 to 4.  Some of the many things to take in are a room with pics of the Titantic showing how much it has changed over the years. Pictures of funky and scarey fish that live in the gully just off NS. We got to use microscopes to look at different sands collected all around NS. BUT they save the best for last when you walk up the hill to a large shed that has 2 big touch tanks where they let you hold rock crabs, lobsters, sea cucumbers, starfish, clams and mussels. You also get to feed the fish. There is a very small gift shop which they opened especially because we requested it. If you want a fun and informative tour, this is definitely a must. http://www.bio.gc.ca/index-eng.php

Take fido for some play time at the off leash area at Shubie Park.

Want to lay back and relax in the sun or perhaps build sand castles, then visit Conrad's or Rainbow Haven beaches. 

Shop at Dartmouth Crossing for some great deals or a new outfit for that upcoming special occasion. http://www.dartmouthcrossing.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=3

Not in the mood to shop, visit the pavilion at Dartmouth Crossing where a variety of events occur all Summer long or take in a movie at the Cineplex. http://www.dartmouthcrossing.com/index.php?option=com_jcalpro&extmode=cal&Itemid=46

The entire family will enjoy a visit to the Shearwater Aviation Museum where some of our beautiful vintage airplanes and the history of aviation in Canada can be found. http://www.shearwateraviationmuseum.ns.ca/

Take the kids to the Maritime Reptile Zoo http:/www.maritimereptilezoo.com where they can learn about these often misunderstood creatures.

The Quaker House is a wonderful little museum about the Quaker times in Dartmouth. Lots of period furniture, a garden typical of a house garden and the friendliest hosts anywhere. Take the tour. It's short and you will learn a lot. http://www.dartmouthheritagemuseum.ns.ca/quaker-house/

Enjoy a ice cream at Crocodile's on Cumberland Drive.

Looking for more exciting adventures? Check out the Atlantic School of Circus Arts http://www.atlanticcirque-halifax.com & Ground Zero Climbing Gym http://www.climbgroundzero.com/

Looking for the old charm of a neighborhood pub where the staff know their clientele by name and remember your order, then visit the Mic Mac Tavern, http://www.micmacbarandgrill.com recently moved to it's new building next door to the location where they served for decades or The Perfect Pour Pub. http://www.theperfectpourdartmouth.com

Looking to curb your craving for grease, visit John's Lunch in Woodside where they have been dishing up their Canadian recognized fried seafood and home made fare for decades. It is a busy spot with limited seating so you may have to settle for take out or expect a wait. http://johnslunch.com

Once a year, the VW Dubbers Club hosts a show and shine for classic VWs in the parking lot adjacent to John's Lunch. http://intervest.ca/vdub/events.html

A car fanatic? There is an Automotive / motorcycle swap meet flea market in Dartmouth. All things Automotive.......toys etc. welcome. Rain dates are scheduled. 
A classic car show and sale is held at the Buffalo Club as well as the Summer Carnival Car Show in Eastern Passage. A seasonal Cruise is held on Thursdays evenings in Woodside where you can enjoy and talk about a variety of classic and antique cars with their owners. It is a great place to get advice on your own classic car. http://www.maritimeclassiccars.com/disp_events_list.php

Enjoy a wide variety of theatrical events, Symphony Nova Scotia performances, and cultural activities at the indoor and outdoor theatres located at Alderney Landing. http://www.alderneylanding.com/events/ 

Weekly flea markets can be a source of great deals. https://www.facebook.com/harbourviewmarket

Go sailing! The Dartmouth Yacht Club is nestled in a sheltered recess with high land on both sides (historically known as Wright's Cove) on the eastern shore of Halifax Harbour.  It is ideal for mooring, with a convenient marina for the launch and recovery of boats. It also offers a racing program. http://www.dyc.ns.ca/

And do not forget all the recreational activities & events that occur at Cole Harbour Place and the Dartmouth Sportsplex: aqua size, swimming, water slides, exercise programs, skating, hockey, antique auctions, festivals, concerts, etc. http://www.dartmouthsportsplex.com/ &/or http://www.coleharbourplace.com/

As you can see there is so much to do, see, and experience on the "Dark Side" LOL. So venture across the Halifax Harbour to see for yourself why so many love to call The east side of the bridges home.











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