Province invests in Mariners Center

The province is providing $4 million to expand a community hub for sport and recreation in Yarmouth.

The redevelopment of the Mariners Center includes the expansion of the aquatic and wellness centers, the creation of new multi-purpose spaces and an indoor walking track, as well as improvements to the arenas.

“The Mariners Center provides important opportunities for people across the Southwest region to connect and be active,” said Colton LeBlanc, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services and MPP for Argyle. , on behalf of Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage. “This expansion will create more accessible and inclusive spaces that will benefit young people, families, seniors and visitors. Centers like these play a vital role in ensuring stronger and healthier communities.

The federal government is contributing $15.9 million to the project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program. The municipalities of Argyle and Yarmouth and the Town of Yarmouth are contributing a combined $10 million.


The expansion of the Mariners Center provides the community with new opportunities to come together and stay active while supporting two key elements of a thriving community: tourism and commerce. I am delighted that the federal government can support this initiative through our Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program and I am fully confident that the community will be much better served by such a comprehensive facility.
Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and communities

Quality of life is extremely important, and this project will certainly play a huge role in ensuring that this region benefits from it. It will take continuing to have a committed team of partners to make this happen, and a huge thank you today to the federal and provincial governments for their commitment to be part of this through their incredible funding announcement.
Pam atmosphere, Mayor, Town of Yarmouth

After many years and countless hours of effort by the community and local governments, I am thrilled that this project is officially moving forward. The modern swimming pool at the Mariners Center will become an integral part of community recreation in the region, helping to foster economic development and inspire newcomers to make our region their new home.
John Cunningham, Director, Yarmouth District Municipality

This historic funding announcement is a wonderful first step in bringing a world-class fitness experience to all area residents. Today’s announcement is proof that when municipalities work together, they can develop strong relationships with their federal and provincial partners and achieve great things for their residents.
Danny Muise, Director, Municipality of the District of Argyle

As Chair of the Expansion Committee, I could not be more proud of our collective accomplishments to date. I am thrilled to be part of a team of municipal, federal and provincial governments coming together to support a fantastic addition to our region, and I am thrilled to see the contributions of our residents to this heritage project.
Nicole Albright, Chair, Seafarers’ Center Expansion Committee

Fast facts:

  • the upgraded sailor center will feature improved energy efficiency, barrier-free design and improved emergency shelter
  • the expanded aquatics center will include a 25-metre, six-lane pool that can be used for regional training and competitions



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