Your Guide to Halifax’s Outdoor Pools

Richard Payne
Published on July 16, 2019

Your Guide to Halifax’s Outdoor Pools

Summers can get quite hot in Halifax and sometimes a trip to one of our many wonderful beaches or lakes is not feasible. Well, luckily for us, Halifax has quite a few outdoor pools to help you cool off and keep the little ones entertained.

Lions Pool, 277 Shore Drive, Bedford

*This outdoor pool is operated by HRM. Although only open during July and August, it is definitely worth a trip for the views over Bedford Basin alone.
It consists of two pools, a shallow kiddie pool that is only a few inches deep in places with sprinklers and sprays and a 25 metre 9 foot deep pool with a slide where bigger kids can have a blast. Lifeguards are on duty covering both pools. There’s a changing area, bathrooms and parking.

With lots of swims throughout the day (including swim lessons) and a fun playground and basketball court to mix up the day, you’ll be sure to have a great time!

More info can be found here:

Cole Harbour Outdoor Pool, 609 Colby Drive, Dartmouth

*Another Community outdoor pool operated by HRM featuring a five lane swimming pool, a toddler wading pool, slides and a diving board. This is an older pool that has just completed many upgrades in time for the summer season. Lifeguards are on duty.

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Halifax Commons Outdoor Pool, 5824 Cogswell Street, Halifax

* The Halifax Commons is an older complex in a great location, right in the heart of the City. It has a large, simple splash pad and a good sized swimming pool that offers free swimming and free swimming lessons throughout the summer (register through HRM Reconnect). As a result, it can get extremely busy with families and young children. There’s a playground and skate park close by and it’s often a central place for summer family events and festivals.

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The Waegwoltic Club, 6549 Coburg Road, Halifax

The Waeg is a membership-focused, family-oriented sport, recreation and social club located on the Northwest Arm in Halifax, N.S. It has four saltwater outdoor pools, one of which includes the Lido with stunning views over the Northwest Arm. It features a diving board, slides and a sand pit in the most beautiful setting.

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Atlantic Splash Adventures, 1200 Lucasville Rd, Lucasville

Formerly known as Atlantic Playland, this waterpark/amusement park is under new ownership and undergoing many upgrades. There are six new water slides along with a kiddie splash pool and water mushroom and many amusements. Reviews are mixed so you may want to check it out for yourself.

I hope this give you a few ideas to beat the heat and enjoy the summer weather in Halifax. As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about living here. I’ll be more than happy to share my experiences of living, working and raising a family in this beautiful City.


Richard Payne Realtor, Halifax Homes and Lifestyles

*HRM Swimming ratios

Children must be accompanied by an adult in the water if under the age of eight. Family swims must have adults in the water regardless of age. 

  • 1 adult for every 3 children under 6 years old
  • 1 adult for every 6 children aged 6–7 years old
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult in the water within arm’s reach if under the age of eight.

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