Dartmouth (Portland Estates/Portland Hills and Colby Village), Nova Scotia 

Portland Estates and Portland Hills are connecting subdivisions in the centre of Dartmouth, a small city that is part of the Halifax Regional Municipality and is located across the harbour from Halifax. The only difference between the two subdivisions is that houses in the Estates began being built in the early 1980's, and houses in the Hills were built about 20 years later. They are safe, clean and friendly communities, with schools and shopping nearby. 

Dartmouth has the oldest saltwater ferry system in North America. It began in 1752 as a sailboat transporting people across the harbour to Halifax. Today there is a passenger ferry as well as two bridges linking Dartmouth to Halifax. In the early 1800's shipbuilding yards were more numerous on the Dartmouth side of the harbour, and this encouraged Halifax families to move across the harbour.  

Dartmouth has 23 lakes and is known as the City of Lakes. In the subdivisions of Portland Estates and Hills, there is a three mile long lake that is used for swimming and boating in the summer. Dartmouth has four canoe clubs and many walking and biking trails throughout the city. 

In 2001, the population of Dartmouth was 65,741, or 7% of the province of Nova Scotia. The population has remained pretty stable over the past twenty years, whereas Halifax's population has been increasing. Dartmouth has more young workers in the 25-44 year age range than older people. 

Colby Village is another subdivision, but it is in the Cole Harbour region on the outskirts of the city instead of  in the centre of town. Houses here also began to be built in the early 1980's, and it is a safe and welcoming community with schools and shopping nearby as well. This is considered one of the best areas of Dartmouth to live and raise a family.