Lake Banook boosts profile as premiere paddling venue

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New and improved docks and boardwalk offer better experience for paddlers and spectators

Dartmouth – Canadian communities flourish when they have safe, welcoming public spaces where people can come together to connect, engage, and participate in recreational programs and activities.  The Government of Canada is investing so more people can discover and enjoy the world-class paddling experiences that Dartmouth has to offer.

Darren Fisher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, announced a combined, non-repayable investment of $242,144 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the Canoe ’22 Society and for Halifax Regional Municipality. The announcement was made on behalf of Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA.

A contribution of $92,144 allowed the Canoe ’22 Society to replace four deteriorating floating dock systems at the Atlantic Division Canoe Kayak Canada (ADCKC) Lake Banook facilities with new, safer, more accessible systems. The Society also installed two new dock systems to accommodate more canoes and kayaks. A contribution of $150,000 allowed the Halifax Regional Municipality to repair and replace several sections of the Lake Banook boardwalk, making the popular outdoor space safer and more accessible to visitors and patrons.

These upgrades enabled the Lake Banook facilities to host major sporting events like last year’s ICF Championships, and this summer’s North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). The improvements will help bring more world-class paddling events to Dartmouth, attracting athletes, coaches, families, and fans from around the world. This announcement highlights how the Government of Canada is contributing to Atlantic Canada’s new momentum by strengthening our communities, creating opportunities, and setting the stage for a strong, sustainable future.

“Being known as the ‘City of Lakes’ is such an advantage for Dartmouth. With these upgrades, Lake Banook is the whole package: a world-class sports destination bringing athletes and spectators from around the world, and an accessible space, where all community members can stay healthy and active.” – Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA