Splashpads, Beaches, and Water Testing

Lifeguard supervision and water quality testing at all municipal beaches will end for the summer season on Thursday, August 31, 2023.

Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised beaches during the summer months. 

High bacteria levels can be caused by a number of factors, including dogs, birds, wildlife, and high temperatures. Staff will continue testing the water until bacteria levels return to safe levels. The municipality will advise residents when beaches close and reopen.

Needham Pool


3372 Devonshire Avenue

Needham pool features:

  • a 20-yard, 5-lane pool
  • cozy atmosphere with music
  • tarzan rope
  • viewing areas on and off pool deck
  • Birthday party packages are available.
  • See how much it costs to go swimming at one of these pools.
A picture of the Needham pool.

Needham Pool

Wave Pool at Captain William Spry Community Centre


16 Sussex Street
902.477.POOL (7665)

The Spryfield Wave Pool features:

  • a 25-metre, 4-lane lap area
  • a 15-metre diameter graduated beach area
  • waves, waves, waves: from 1/2 to 1 1/2 metres (only on during wave swims)
  • 5 in-pool therapeutic water jets
  • Rock climbing wall
  • 2-yard ape pool slides
  • a deck-side patio area

Group discounts and passes are available. This facility is wheelchair accessible.

A picture of the Capt Spry Wave Pool.

Wave Pool at the Captain Spry Community Centre

Sackville Sports Stadium (SSS) 

409 Glendale Drive

The Sackville Sports Stadium pool feature: 

  • a 25-metre, 6-lane lap area
  • a separate leisure/tots pools 
  • rope swing 
  • diving board 
  • spray features
  • small slide
Swimmers at the Sackville Sports Stadium Pool.

Sackville Sports Stadium Pool

Bedford Outdoor Pool


Shore Drive, Bedford

The pool features:

  • a 25- meter pool
  • Small leisure pool with spray features 
The outdoor pool in Bedford.

Bedford Outdoor Pool

Cole Harbour Outdoor Pool


609 Colby Drive, Dartmouth
902.490.5458 ext. 4

The pool features:

  • diving board
  • 5-lane swimming pool
  • slide 
  • Splashpad
Cole Harbour Outdoor Pool
Cole Harbour Splash Pad

Halifax Commons Outdoor Pool

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The pool features:

  • 5-lane swimming pool
  • 3 climbing walls
  • Beach Entry with play features
  • Water plaza
  • Large Universal Change rooms
The new Halifax Common Aquatic Facility pool

Halifax Commons Outdoor Pool

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.

Swimming programs and activities at Halifax pools

Pools in Halifax offer many levels of swimming lessons and activities, for all ages and abilities. Check the swimming calendar for schedules for the following activities:

  • adult lessons (including private and semi-private lessons)
  • aquacise/aquafit arthritis therapy
  • instructor and lifeguard training programs
  • preschool swim classes
  • Red Cross Swim Kids (for children aged six and up)
  • youth swim
  • specialty courses, including:
    • synchronized swimming
    • first aid training
    • junior lifeguard

Browse the various programs on halifax.ca/myREC which include complete descriptions, levels, and availability.

Don’t know what level you are? Please contact the appropriate facility to arrange testing. 

Regional pools (Non-HRM Operated)