Ok, so it’s not quite the same as a sunny holiday to a fabulous Southern destination, but we can dream. No, there isn’t a swim-up bar either, but it does get us out of the cold and in a warm pool for some timeless memories with the kids! Here are the best places to swim in HRM – enjoy a splash with your tot, tween, teen or family!

Some of the schedules will change from time to time or for special events so please check the website before you go. Pre-booking is required for most facilities.

Best Places to Swim in HRM – Halifax

The Canada Games Centre swims are some of the most affordable and interactive. The kids will love the waterslides, and leisure pool with all the sprinklers, and for the littlest swimmers, there is a warmer baby pool.

Parent and Tot Swim
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Open Swim/Waterslides
Tuesday: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (waterslides open)
Saturday: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (waterslides open)

Cost: $4/person (children under 3 are free)


The Centennial Pool is currently closed for swimming due to ongoing mechanical repairs.


The Needham Pool and Recreation Centre hosts parent and tot swims and all-ages open swims.

Parent and Tot Swim
Tuesday and Thursday: 10:15 am – 11:15 am, Friday: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Open Swim
Thursday: 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm, Friday: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Cost: 1 parent and 1 tot – $4.50/Adult $4/Preschooler $1.75/Child 5-12 years $2.25/Youth 13-18 $3/Family $9


The Captain William Spry Community Centre Pool has a graduated entry area and is the only wave pool in HRM. During wave swims, the kids will get to experience 0.5 to 1.5-meter waves!

Parent and Tot Swim
Monday to Friay: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 10:00 am, 10:00am – 11:00 am, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wave Swim
Tuesday and Friday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm,
Saturday: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Cost: 1 parent and 1 tot – $4.50/Adult $4/Preschooler $1.75/Child 5-12 years $2.25/Youth 13-18 $3/Family $9


Best Places to Swim in HRM – Dartmouth

The Zatzman Sportsplex is looking fabulous after their big renovations and their Aquatics Centre has many new features, including a new waterslide, splash pad and a Tarzan rope!

Parent and Tot Swim
Sunday: 8:00 am – 9:00 am, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Tuesday: 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Family Swim
Sunday: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, 2:45 pm – 4:10 pm
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Tuesday: 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Cost: 1 parent and 1 child – $10.00


Cole Harbour Place hosts Parent and Tot Swims 6 times a week.

Parent and Tot Swim

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00 am – 10:00 am, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Family Swim

Monday: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Teen Swim

Friday: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cost: 1 parent and 1 child under 5 – $7.50, 2 parents and child under 5 – $10.00, Family (up to 5 members) – $15.00, Children – $5.50, Adult – $8.00


Best Places to Swim in HRM – Sackville

The Sackville Sports Stadium has a lane pool and leisure pool with spray features. They do not have a delegated Parent-Tot or Family Swim but they have many open swims throughout the week. Check their website for swim times.

Cost: Parent and Child $7.75, Child (8 yrs and under): $3.50, Youth (9 to 21 yrs) $5.75, Adult (22 to 59 yrs) $6.75, Family (max 5) $13.00


In addition to the fun pools in HRM, you will find the best out-of-town pool, a short jaunt away in East Hants. Their beautiful new facility includes two pools, a waterslide, a climbing wall, sprinklers, a lazy river, and a hot tub!