Outdoor Adventure August 14, 2015

The Top 5 Ways to Cool Off in Halifax this Summer!

Looking for a fun way to cool down? We have the list for you and your family – from kayaking and boating – to swimming and splashing the day away!

Here are 5 fun ways to cool down this summer:

1. Splash Pads: There are five splash pads in the Halifax region for kids of all ages to enjoy. The newest splash park just opened in Sackville. Splashpads feature waterspouts, buckets of water and megaphones (the Sackville splash pad even has a water piano)! Bonus: splash pads usually have playgrounds, picnic tables and shade nearby, so there’s something for everyone.

Click here for the list of Splash Pads in the Halifax region
Click here for the link to the new Sackville Splash Pad

2. Outdoor Pools: There are four outdoor pools in the Halifax region, including ones in Bedford, Halifax, St. Margaret’s Bay and Cole Harbour.

  • The Margaret’s Bay Pool is heated and available to rent for birthday parties.
  • The Cole Harbour Pool has synchronized swimming and diving lessons, as well as a swim team and water polo.
  • The Bedford Pool is comprised of two heated pools – side by side – overlooking the Bedford Basin.

Click here for the list of outdoor pools in the Halifax region
Click here for the St. Margaret’s Bay Pool

3. Lakes: Halifax is full of lakes, many with lifeguard supervision between 11am and 5pm. Check ca to see if your chosen lake is open or closed for swimming, since some lakes will be closed when bacteria levels are high. Many lakes border scenic walking trails, so it’s easy to make for a full day outing!

4. Water Slides: Atlantic Playland in Hammonds Plains has two water slides, a kiddie pool and a water balloon fight game. Yes, a “water balloon fight game”! It is as awesome as it sounds! Admission is free and you pay per ride.

Map to Atlantic Playland: http://bit.ly/1VPreGo

5. Boating: You can borrow canoes at Mary’s Boat Club or rent kayaks, canoes and life jackets from Mountain Equipment Co-Op on Granville Street. You can also take a boat tour on a tall ship, Theodore Tugboat or the Harbour Hopper! A cool ocean breeze is a wonderful way to revitalize you on a summer day.

What is your favourite way to cool down in summer?! Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!