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No Glass Slipper but Not a Pumpkin Either

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A May 2002 trip to Dartmouth by Re Carroll

Cairn commemorating the founding of Dartmouth Photo, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia More Photos
Quote: Dartmouth is just a short ferry trip across the Harbour from Halifax. The waterfront is attractive and it has good restaurants and tourist attractions.

No Glass Slipper but Not a Pumpkin Either

Overview

Cairn commemorating the founding of Dartmouth Photo, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
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As a kid, I thought of Dartmouth as the ugly stepsister because of the oil refineries that were always belching smoke. They’re still there today but overshadowed by Dartmouth’s downtown revival that includes a modern ferry terminal building, some interesting museums and a waterfront boardwalk that offers great views of Halifax across the Harbour. The boardwalk leads to the Peace Pavilion, a modern geometric structure that houses rocks and stones from over 70 countries as a tribute to global peace and harmony. As well as part of a brick from the Great Wall of China, there is a piece of the Berlin Wall and rubble from a dismantled U.S. nuclear missile silo. We visited the Bedfor...Read More

MacAskill's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "MacAskills"

MacAskill's Restaurant Photo, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
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This restaurant is located at the waterfront, on the 2nd floor of the ferry terminal building and as well as good food, it offers great views of Halifax across the Harbour. We stopped in for lunch and the menu was pretty extensive and innovative. Seafood entrees like cajun halibut, shrimp fettucine and a mixture of shrimp, scallops and haddock in a pesto cream sauce. There were lots of pasta dishes, appetizers, soups, salads, etc. I started with tomato basil soup and it was thick and rich with a garnish of feta cheese. My main course was a chicken and vegetable wrap with a curried mayonnaise dressing and it was delicious. The wrap was huge - filled with crisply steamed vegetables ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2002

MacAskill's Restaurant
88 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 2N5
(902) 466-3100

Salty's

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Restaurant

Salty's Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Saltys is actually across the harbour in Halifax but it’s right next door to the ferry terminal and we spotted it on our ride back from Dartmouth. It’s at the end of the pier in Historic Properties and right next door to the Casino. It’s a comfortable place - sort of a cross between a pub and a casual restaurant. There is a more formal dining area upstairs with a separate (and more expensive) menu. Much of the tables are along the back walls with windows that look out over the Harbour with views of Dartmouth. We could watch the ferry come and go and it seemed almost close enough to reach out and touch. In good weather (not during our visit unfortunately), there is lots of outdoor dining wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2002

Salty's
1869 Upper Water St
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1S9
+1 902 423 6818

Bedford Institute of Oceanography

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Attraction

Bedford Institute of Oceanography Photo, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
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This is the largest oceanography research centre in Canada and is run by the Federal Government. It’s located under the A. Murray MacKay Bridge, near the water’s edge. The first part of the tour is in the main building and we followed the painted "feet" on the floor to the various exhibits which are spread over two floors. The first room is titled "Mapping Canada’s Ocean Frontiers" and there are a number of maps on the wall, including the Halifax Harbour and the Bay of Fundy. The fun thing is that the maps are 3D and glasses are supplied to bring the maps to life. There is a small theatre with videos that are supposed to run continually but we were there in the off se...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 30, 2002

Bedford Institute of Oceanography
1 Challenger Drive
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Fisherman's Cove

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Story/Tip

Captain Mike Photo, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
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Fishermens Cove is located in Eastern Passage, about 15 minutes from downtown Dartmouth. At one time, fishermen (including my uncles) had their boat houses here and stored bait, tools, etc. There are still some private boat houses but most of the area is now filled with small replica buildings that house shops and restaurants. There are picnic tables throughout the site and a wooden boardwalk that allows for a waterside stroll. As well as a large restaurant called "Boondocks", there is a Subway and an Irish tea room. The stores carry typical tourist merchandise - souvenirs of Nova Scotia, post cards, Saltwater taffy, books, etc. but it’s fun to wander through the small shops and stop...Read More

About the Writer

Re Carroll

Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia

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