FREE FARES FRIDAYS, FREE SAIL SATURDAYS AND PARKING PEACE OF MIND
It’s always a great time to visit downtown Dartmouth, but this summer it’s even better to visit on Fridays and Saturdays with free public transit options. From July 1 to August 31, transit service will be FREE ON FRIDAYS and Alderney ferry service will be FREE EVERY SATURDAY during this period.
On Fridays in July and August, you can take any Halifax Transit bus, Access-A-Bus, regional express service and/or any ferry – as often as you like – for free. It’s a fantastic opportunity to visit downtown Dartmouth’s unique patios, eateries, shops, and services – which are all located within a short walk from the ferry terminal and numerous bus stops. There’s even a supervised swimming beach nearby at Lake Banook.
Every Saturday, you can ride the Alderney Ferry for free all day. Why not plan to start or finish your ferry ride with a beverage, meal, or adventure on the Dartmouth side? Within a short stroll of the waterfront terminal, you’ll find cafes, restaurants, patios, craft breweries and a cider house, shops, galleries, and urban parks.
The Dartmouth ferry terminal’s home, Alderney Landing, also offers a farmer’s market on Saturdays, an artisan’s market on Sundays – in addition to shops, eateries, an art gallery, a public library and waterfront beer gardens. You’ll also find the Back to the Sea Touch Tank Hut on the Dartmouth waterfront, along with the Kiwanis playground and the Harbourwalk Trail. You can also take a self-guided art and selfie tour to check out the award-winning murals and street art throughout downtown Dartmouth. This summer, there are free outdoor concerts every Saturday and Sunday in Ferry Terminal Park during the Summer Sunshine Concert Series.
“Downtown Dartmouth is such a vibrant community! There really is so much to see and do on this side of the harbour. I’ve lived in Dartmouth for more than 25 years and the ferry ride never gets old for me – it’s a mini-Halifax Harbour cruise with incredible views in both directions,” says Tim Rissesco, executive director of the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission.
For those who prefer to drive to downtown Dartmouth, you’ll be interested in the new parking ticket forgiveness program. Until September 30, 2022, any parking station ticket can be waived by submitting a receipt for $35 purchase made at a business in downtown Dartmouth (and other HRM business districts.)
In addition to HRM’s onstreet parking program, there are also parking lots that offer hourly, daily and longer-term parking options – find out more here. There is also free parking available on some downtown Dartmouth side streets.