Place Names and Places of Nova Scotia (in Dartmouth Township)

dart-township-1865 map

“Whereas some uncertainty exists as regards the limits of the Township of Dartmouth… Be it therefore enacted by the Lieutenant Governor, Council and Assembly, that the lines of the Township of Dartmouth shall be established and settled as follows, beginning on the Eastern side of Bedford Basin at the head of Pace’s cove at low … Read more

Annual Report 1951


The Mayor’s Report Citizens of Dartmouth, Ladies and Gentlemen: I have the honor to submit my report as Mayor of the year 1951. The year just closed marked another year of progress for Dartmouth, one in which the official census figures showed a population in excess of 15,000, an increase of 40 percent over the … Read more

Annual Report 1952


Citizens of Dartmouth, Ladies and Gentlemen: I have the honor to submit my report and comments on the civic events of 1952. Dartmouth continued to march forward during 1952 but it is difficult to single out any particular event as the main highlight of the year. We saw the completion and taking over of the … Read more

Late 1950s (?) Aerial

dartmouth aerial

A broader aerial picture with enough developments happening to date it with some level of certainty. The Bridge is present, the Avenue is undisturbed, Crichton Park is in the process of construction. Maynard’s Lake is looking full of runoff and lighter in color compared to surrounding lakes from the construction of Lakefront Apartments.

New Metropolitan Map

dartmouth shipyards

There’s no shortage of street grid oddities on this map, post war yet pre-bridge, with two ferries crossing the harbor. Grid oddities include Broom St at the bottom of Maple St, Allison Ave and Prescott that connect Old Ferry Road and Pleasant Street to St. George’s Lane, Seaview and Starr Lane that bisect Hazelhurst from … Read more

Modern Homes


Monday July 15, 1957: Show modern trend – Modern homes are steadily increasing in number along the Cole Harbor Road and when it recieves its hard surface, already started, will probably mount by the score.

Annual Report 1953


CITIZENS OF DARTMOUTH, Ladies and Gentlemen: I have the honour to submit my report and comments on the civic events of 1953. The year 1953 showed acceleration in the progress and expansion which has been evident in recent years. The sale of Town owned land at Maynard’s Lake and on Boland Road opened the way … Read more

Dartmouth in the Legislature, Public Acts 1789-1996

A list of all of the acts passed in the Nova Scotia legislature from 1789-1996 in regards to Dartmouth, be it “Dartmouth Town”, the “Dartmouth town plot”, “Dartmouth township”, the “Town of Dartmouth” or the “City of Dartmouth”.

Dartmouth Common Ball-field

Aerial-view-of-Bridge-from-over-Dartmouth-Ball-Park- baseball

Dartmouth Common ball-field, once home to the Dartmouth Arrows (now the site of the Holiday Inn Dartmouth as well as “Metropolitan Place”). Halifax District League Champions, Dartmouth Arrows (1947).

Dartmouth, Before being strangled by a Beltway

dartmouth map

An interesting map of Dartmouth from around 1955. It’s quite detailed – in many cases aspirational. Check out the subdivision plan for what is now Mic Mac Mall – below the modern grid they had once hoped to construct, you can see the makeup of “The Avenue” quite clearly, a rarity for maps of the … Read more

The Avenue

the avenue black history

The following excerpts are from “Survival of an African Nova Scotian Community: Up the Avenue, Revisited” by Adrienne Lucas Sehatzadeh, 1998. An incredible resource of some of the Black history of Dartmouth that is certainly worth your time to read. “The part of Crichton Avenue above Lyngby Avenue is the area where the Black settlement … Read more

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