Recreation in
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Sandy and Judy Hines


Dartmouth is a fair size city so there are very few recreation and leisure activities that can't be found in the city.


Dartmouth has excellent indoor recreation centers at Dartmouth Sportsplex and Cole Harbour Place. The Dartmouth Sportsplex offers two indoor pools, including Treasure Cove, which has several large water slides, an indoor track, rink, fitness center and more. Cole Harbour Place offers rinks, a pool complex, squash courts, fitness center, community meeting rooms, a library and more.

Paddling is very popular in Dartmouth, which is understandable since Dartmouth is nicknamed the

" City of Lakes" because it has over 25 lakes. World Class paddlers from Dartmouth have won Olympic and World Championship medals. The city has wonderful paddling clubs including the  Senobe Aquatic Club, Banook Canoe Club, Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club and Abenaki Aquatic Club. Dartmouth has hosted international competitions.


Dartmouth has 3 excellent golf courses. All offer yearly memberships and green fee play. Brightwood Golf Course and Grandview Golf Course are both excellent 18 hole golf courses. The Links of Montague is one of the best manicured executive 9 hole course and golf training facilities you will find anywhere.

There are plenty of outdoor sports fields so sports such as soccer, football, baseball, etc are very popular in Dartmouth. Many of the organized sports are operated by private associations run by volunteers.


There are several rinks in Dartmouth so hockey, ringette and figure skating are also very popular activities. Outdoor water activities such as swimming or skating at one of the many lakes in Dartmouth are also enjoyed by the residents.




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