Sports & Recreation


Dartmouth is an active city

Did you know that Expedia ranked Dartmouth as #18 among most active Canadian cities in 2017 and 2018? 

A healthy lifestyle leaves you feeling energetic and at a reduced risk of disease. One of the foundations for continuing good health is daily exercise. 

Improve your health and well being by participating in the many recreational activities offered in Dartmouth.

Lake Sports

Our 23 lakes in Dartmouth, City of Lakes, offer paddling, rowing, swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing, skating, sea-dooing and jetskiing.

Lake Banook is home to three paddling clubs, two rowing clubs, and two Dragon Boat clubs. Our paddlers and rowers have brought home many medals from world-class competitions as well as national competitions. 

Lake Banook Judging Tower (Photo Source: Flitelab)

Sports & Recreation Facilities

See the directory of Dartmouth Sports & Rec Facilities below, also the Recreation and Open Spaces Asset Map prepared by the Dartmouth Community Health Board. 

Click on the links below for more information.

Aquatic Clubs

Banook Canoe Club - Lake Banook

Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club - Lake Banook

Senobe Aquatic Club - Lake Banook

Abenaki Aquatic Club - 902 Bell Lake


East Dartmouth Community Centre

Dartmouth High School

Bicycle Rentals

SUP Monkey Cycle


City of Lakes Boxing Club

Queensberry Rules Boxing Studio

Twin City Boxing

Dragon Boat Clubs

Dragon Boat East

Bosom Buddies of Nova Scotia


Dartmouth Destroyers

Dartmouth Minor Football


Brightwood Golf & Country Club (Private)


Dartmouth High School Hockey

Horseshoe Pitching

City of Lakes Horseshoe Club   

Lawn Bowling

Dartmouth Lawn Bowls Club

Model Yacht Club

Halifax Area Model Yacht Club (HAMYC)                                           

Nordic Skiing

Shubie Park

Spider Lake Trail

Paddle Boarding

Shubenacadie Canal Waterway

SUP Monkey Cycle


East Dartmouth Community Centre

City of Lakes Pickleball Club

South Woodside Community Centre

Rowing Clubs

North Star Rowing Club - Lake Banook

Mic Mac Rowing Club - Lake Banook


Dartmouth Pigdogs RFC


Dartmouth Yacht Club

Scuba Diving

Torpedo Rays


East Coast Combat Hapkido

Sisu Women's Self-Defence


Dartmouth Skatepark


Storm Soccer Club

United DFC Soccer Club

City of Lakes Football Club


Note: Most Dartmouth lakes are suitable for swimming, but not all lakes offer lifeguard service. Lifeguard service is provided at:

Birch Cove (end of Oakdale Cres.) 

Penhorn Beach (Penhorn Dr.)

Dartmouth Crusaders Swim Club

Target Shooting

Charles Davis Indoor Range

Dartmouth Clay Target Association


Maps of walking trails are available at HRM Recreation.

Dartmouth Recreation and Open Spaces Asset Map

The Dartmouth Community Health Board is pleased to introduce the Dartmouth Recreation and Open Spaces Asset Map. Find all the free and accessible activities to keep you and your family active this year. Each colored icon represents a different activity or asset that will promote physical activity and well-being, We hope you have fun discovering new activities in Dartmouth!

Click on the image below to enlarge and access the interactive map. Once inside the map, expand the viewport by clicking on the three vertical dots inside the red bar (top left), then click 'Zoom to Viewport'.