Active Living Resources

Recreation & Sport

Active Healthy Kids Canada

The mission ofActive Healthy Kids Canada states that they are committed to inspiring the nation to engage all children and youth in physical activity.

Active Living Coalition for Older Adults 

ALCOA, a partnership of organizations and individuals having interest in the field of aging, encourages older Canadians to maintain and enhance their well-being and independence through a lifestyle that embraces daily physical activities.

Active Living Alliance

The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) promotes, supports and enables Canadians with disabilities to lead active, healthy lives. They provide nationally coordinated leadership, support, encouragement, promotion and information that facilitates healthy, active living opportunities for Canadians of all abilities across all settings and environments.

Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport (CAAWS)

To ensure that girls and women have access to a complete range of opportunities and choices and have equity as participants and leaders in sport and physical activity. CAAWS is an advocate for equity for girls and women in sport and physical activity, and promotes the values of equity, inclusiveness, fairness, and respect.

Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic

The Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic (CSCA) is part of a national network of multisport centres that link high-performance athletes and coaches with sport-related services. The Centre's aim is to work with the existing sport system to offer efficient services for the sport community.

Canadian Sport For Life

Canadian Sport for Life is a movement to increase sport's contribution in Canadian society recognizing sport as an important part of everyone's life by promoting each child's healthy and logical development in a sport or physical activity.

Canadian Parks & Recreation Association (CPRA)

The CPRA is a national voluntary-sector organization dedicated to realizing the full potential of parks and recreation services as a major contributor to community health and vibrancy. Our members are parks and recreation professionals represented in over 2,600 communities in Canada.

Canada Revenue Agency - Childrens' Fitness tax Credit

Starting with the 2007 tax year, the Government of Canada allows a non-refundable tax credit based on eligible fitness expenses paid by parents to register a child in a prescribed program of physical activity.

Coaching Association of Canada

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is a not-for-profit amateur sport organization with the mandate to improve the effectiveness of coaching across all levels of the sport system.

Coalition for Active Living

The CAL is a national action group of more than 100 organizations committed to making sure that the environments where we live, learn, commute, work and play support regular physical activity. CAL is working to achieve this goal by advocating for public policies that support physical activity.

Fundy Connect

Fundy Connect is a regional initiative that allows people to search for all things recreation (events, sports, programs, etc.)

Government of Nova Scotia – Health Promotion & Protection – Physical Activity, Sport, and Recreation

The Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation responsibility centre provides leadership by developing healthy policy, supporting the sport and recreation delivery system at all levels and building and maintaining effective collaborations amongst partners. With the help of the many resources available, we support the development of physical activity, sport and recreation opportunities in the province.

Government of Nova Scotia – Department of Health Promotion and Protection - Active Kids Healthy Kids Nova Scotia (AKHK)

AKHK is an action plan for government and non-government organizations to help kids be active healthy kids. It is ultimately a philosophy, or concept, that aims to permeate all sectors having the responsibility to make Nova Scotia a province where children, youth, and their families choose to regularly participate in all forms of physical activity..

Gymnastics Nova Scotia - Tumblebugs

Caregivers and leaders of young children in child care, family resource and recreation centres guide basic movement activities appropriate for early childhood. Offers: regional workshops, equipment and activity plans.

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia - Make a Move

Training for health practitioners to counsel adult patients and clients for participating in physical activities for healthy benefits.

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia

Sign up for a free account and you can start logging your steps, creating your own walking groups and checking out great routes to walk.

High Five

A Quality Assurance System that supports the safety, well-being and healthy development of children in recreation and sport programs. Provides parents and professionals with tools, training and resources.

Hike Nova Scotia

Hike Nova Scotia encourages and promotes hiking, walking and snowshoeing throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Fitness Association (NSFA)

The NSFA provides a clear standard for fitness leadership quality in Nova Scotia. We're a not for profit organization made up of fitness members and leaders across the province. The Association offers fitness certification for fitness leaders.

Nova Scotia Trails Federation

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation is a not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of trail users and community-based recreational trail groups in Nova Scotia. NS Trails supports the work of community groups in the planning, building, maintenance and management stages of recreational trails.

Parks Canada

Parks Canada's mandate is to protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations.


ParticipACTION is the national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada. Through leadership in communications, capacity building and knowledge exchange, we inspire and support Canadians to move more.

Physical & Health Education Canada (PHE)

PHE is a national, charitable, voluntary-sector organization whose primary concern is to influence the healthy development of children and youth by advocating for quality, school-based physical and health education.

Play Sport

An educational website with all kinds of great activities designed to teach kids games by playing games!

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

The mission of the PHAC is to promote and protect the health of Canadians through leadership, partnership, innovation and action in public health. Providing links to research, reports, how-to manuals, planning & assessment tools, lesson plans and student webquests.

Public Health Agency of Canada - Physical Activity Guides for Adults, Children and Youth

A guide to help you make wise choices about physical activity. Choices that will improve your health, help prevent disease, and allow you to get the most out of life. Download or order you free copies here.

Recreation Facilities Association of Nova Scotia

The mission of RFANS is to provide leadership in developing, promoting and advocating excellence in recreational facilities, operations and personnel.

Recreation Nova Scotia

Recreation Nova Scotia is a vibrant, province-wide, not for profit organization established to promote the values and benefits of recreation and leisure. In partnership with the volunteers and professional recreation community, RNS advocates on behalf of all Nova Scotians for high quality recreation and leisure opportunities.

Sport Canada

Sport Canada works to help Canadians participate and excel in sport. As part of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Sport Canada strengthens the unique contribution that sport makes to Canadian identity, culture and society.

Sport Nova Scotia

Sport Nova Scotia is a voice for sport that promotes the benefits of health, personal development and achievement for all participants.

Thrive! A Plan for a Healthier Nova Scotia

Improving the health of Nova Scotians and making life more affordable for families are two of government's top priorities. The government launched Thrive! in June 2012 to support those priorities through a 34-point plan to make it easier for Nova Scotians to be healthier.

True Sport  

True Sport is a series of programs and initiatives designed to give people, communities and organizations the means by which to leverage the many benefits of good sport from a platform of shared values and principles.

Healthy Eating

Dietitians of Canada

Dietitians of Canada provides leadership and supports its over 5,000 members to promote health and well-being through expertise in food and nutrition. We serve Canadians by maintaining high professional standards, advocating for sound public policy that promotes health, and providing trusted evidence-based nutrition information you can use.

Health Canada

You can download or order a copy of Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide free of charge.

Canadian Paediatric Society

Caring for Kids is designed to provide parents with information about their child's health and well-being. The site is developed by the Canadian Paediatric Society—the voice of Canada 's 2,000+ paediatricians.

Nova Scotia Nutrition Council (NSNC)  

The Nova Scotia Nutrition Council is a volunteer organization whose membership consists of professionals, community members and students interested in nutrition, health promotion and community capacity building.


Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI)

CFLRI is a national research agency concerned with educating Canadians about the importance of leading healthy, active lifestyles.

Lifestyle Information Network (LIN)

LIN is the home of Canada's National Recreation Database. If your organization is working to promote healthy active people and communities, LIN is Canada's repository for the knowledge and collective wisdom that will help you work more effectively.

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) is the principal body for physical activity, health and fitness research and personal training in Canada.


Green Communities - Active and Safe Routes to School

Green Communities Active & Safe Routes to School is a comprehensive community-based initiative that taps into the increasingly urgent demand for safe, walkable neighbourhoods. Our Active & Safe Routes to School web site provides resources, tools, information and links for schools and communities to create their own unique Active & Safe Routes to School program.

Ecology Action Centre - Active and Safe Routes to School

Active & Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) in Nova Scotia encourages more children, youth and their families to use active transportation – such as walking and cycling – for the environment, physical activity and traffic safety.

Nova Scotia Rural Communities Foundation

The Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia supports community based initiatives which:

1. seek to improve understanding of issues facing rural and coastal communities in NS

2. offer solutions to problems and challenges of rural and coastal NS

3. create an environment that enhances and sustains rural and coastal NS