Recreation Programs

CBRM Recreation is committed to catering to children, youth, adults, and seniors of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality by offering a variety of recreational programs year-round. Through the strategic planning of our Program Coordinators, we work to offer recreational activities through the communities of our municipality to make Cape Breton and enjoyable and fulfilling place to live.

From swim programs, family trails days, children's after-school programs, to senior's socials and fitness, we work to offer recreational programs accessible to many different age groups and capabilities.

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Fun Van

Fun Van is a mobile fun program for children. Games and activities are aimed to keep children engaged and excited for summer fun.


Summer tennis is a great way to stay fit and have fun. With instruction for ages 5-15, participants learn through fun activities and games suited to their skill level.


With swim camps and classes throughout the summer, children are able to practice safety and build capability with help from knowledgeable instructors.

Youth in Music

From songwriting to production to studio work, Youth in Music allows youth to make music on their own terms.



Breaking down entry barriers to this exciting sport, the CBRM Skateboard program pairs beginners with internationally certified instructors to develop skills in a safe and respectful environment.

Better Bike Camps

Cycling is an excellent method of Active Transportation and a great way to keep physically fit. CBRM Bike Camps teach youth the essentials needed to develop a lifelong love of cycling.

After the Bell

A free after school program for young girls, After the Bell encourages physical activity with confidence building activities in a positive environment.




Fun Van

Area: Throughout CBRM

Dates: Program runs July & August

Fun Van is a mobile day camp for children and youth, encouraging physical activity across the municipality. The van offers half-day camps, with activities involving water, trails, biking, geo-caching, games, and physical activity education. The Fun Van caters to all communities in the CBRM and offers fun-filled half day camps for children as young as 3.

Fun Van also offers theme days, under the instruction of qualified individuals from organizations like: Football Cape Breton, Cape Breton Gymnastics, Cape Breton Track & Field (and in-house High 5), Tumblebugs, and Run, Jump, and Throw staff. The Fun Van is made possible through partnership with Riverview Y's Men.

Participants are encouraged to take sneakers, water, and sunscreen when participating in the program.

For more information, contact 902 563-5510 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Area: Louisbourg, North Sydney, Marion Bridge

Dates: Program runs in July & August - register online with PlayyOn (North Sydney) - call Cindy Hynes at 902 733-2351 (Louisbourg/Marion Bridge)

Recreation Tennis Program provides tennis games and tennis instruction to CBRM residents ages 5 and up. The tennis program is led by a qualified coordinator during the summer months and encourages youth to try out tennis and get physically active. The tennis program is part of CBRM Recreation's commitment to promoting physically active lifestyles.

For more information, contact Jonathan Penny at 902 563-5512 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Area: Marion Bridge, Catalone

Dates: Program starts July 11th (Catalone) and July 31st (Marion Bridge) - register online with PlayyOn

Swimming is a great alternative to traditional sports for getting fit and staying active. Swim Program encourages youth to stay physically active for life, educates in water safety and rescue, and also helps youth build swimming skills. Building on Recreation's community involvement, CBRM Recreation has collaborated with community groups in the areas Swim Camp is offered. Groups include: Catalone Recreation Association, and Marion Bridge Community Group. All swimming locations, waterfront and pools, are safe and suitable for those participating.

For more information, contact Jonathan 902 563-5512 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Youth In Music

Area: Whitney Pier Youth Club, 111 West St, Whitney Pier

Dates: Program runs October and November - register online with PlayyOn

Youth participation in all aspects of the music industry is essential to the long term sustainability of the industry. Youth in Music Program is intended to provide engage Middle School and High School aged youth to make music on their own terms. Participants may find themselves interested in songwriting, production, studio engineering, performance, or other aspects of the music industry. The interests exhibited will shape the direction each unique group of participants.

For more information, contact 902 563-5510 or email Joe Costello This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Area: Undercurrent Youth Centres - 75 Prince St, Sydney and 224 York St, Glace Bay

Dates: starts in October Monday 6:00 - 7:30pm (Sydney) and Thursday 6:00 - 7:30pm (Glace Bay) - no registration required (waiver must be signed by parent)

An exciting alternative to traditional sport, skateboarding is an excellent way for persons of all ages to remain physically active as well as to participate in active transportation. The CBRM Skateboard Program breaks down the entry barriers to the sport with internationally certified instructors in our skateparks in the summer months and indoors for fall/winter. Drop in clinics occur once per week and focus on beginner skills such as etiquette, stance, riding, and transitions. More experienced participants can use the instructors' wealth of knowledge to further their skill on the skatepark.

For more information, contact 902 563-5510 or email Jonathan Penny


Better Bike Camps

Area: Etoile  de L'Acadie

Dates: Monday - Thursday Camps in July and August - register with PlayyOn

For more information, contact 902 563-5510 or email Colleen Clare at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


After the Bell


Dates: 2016: COMPLETED

After the Bell is a free after-school physical activity program offered to girls in grades 7-9 in select rural areas of the CBRM. Currently offered in Louisbourg and Donkin, the program breaks down transportation and participation financial barriers by offering a bussing service at no cost, and offering the program free to the girls.

Girls participating are encouraged to get physically active through confidence-building activities like: cardio kick, Zumba, dance, yoga, swimming, bowling, judo, hiking, etc. After the Bell is funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness, and operated by CBRM Recreation.

For more information, contact 902 563-5510 or email Ashley Eisan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.