Spectacular outings

If you are looking for outdoor activities or full-fledged eco-tourism adventures while you’re visiting Dartmouth, then there are a wide range of urban, coastal and park experiences to choose from.  

In its ranking of Canada’s most active cities, Expedia has ranked Dartmouth #18 for the past 2 years. Dartmouth is the only Atlantic Canadian community to score in the top 20.


Our trail systems have the advantage of some impressive scenery, be they the best views of Halifax or outstanding beaches and coastlines, most within forty-five minutes of where you are staying. Below are some suggestions for hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, surfing, kite surfing, bird watching and picnicking in Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Eastern Passage, and within a short drive up the Eastern Shore.

Be prepared

Wear comfortable shoes and take your camera, binoculars, water, sunscreen and an umbrella or rain gear if rain happens to be in the forecast. Pack a picnic lunch, too. If you’re planning on visiting any beaches on a sunny summer weekend, a morning arrival is recommended in order to find parking.