Dartmouth Common – downtown wilderness

Dartmouth Common over looking Halifax Harbour

Recently, I set out to walk the Dartmouth Common.  It’s just a little bit wild – maybe because it sits on a hill, unlike the Halifax Common which is completely flat and open. In Dartmouth, the common is mostly open;  but the steeper parts of the hill are overgrown and covered in trees and shrubs, a piece of downtown wilderness.  The common was farther than I anticipated and so I ran out of daylight and will have to go back to explore all the paths that run across the common.

The view to Halifax Harbour is excellent and reaches past Georges Island to the Atlantic.

Thistle St. entrance to Dartmouth Common, Nova Scotia

Thistle St. entrance to Dartmouth Common, Nova Scotia

Reflecting its origin as public grounds, the common is bounded on one side by schools and on another by the Dartmouth Public Cemetery founded in 1842.   These controlled spaces mean that access to the common is through specific entrances.  Check my map (4) for these.  (I will add all the entrances as I find them.)

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