Sport in the Halifax Regional Municipality
The HRM and provincial government maintain a network of public parks, sports fields, skating arenas, and other facilities throughout urban and rural areas of the municipality. Additionally, many schools in the Halifax Regional School Board and several universities make use of their gymnasiums and sports fields for community use outside of school programs. Ranging from walking trails and provincial parks to tennis courts, swimming pools, shooting ranges and artificial turf soccer fields, HRM residents have access to virtually every type of sport facility required, with organized leagues available throughout the area.
HRM's plentiful sheltered lakes in the urban core of Dartmouth and Halifax provide private paddling clubs with some of the best race courses in Canada, in particular Lake Banook. Lake Banook and all the clubs on the lake hosted World Senior Canoe Kayak Championships in 1997 and 2009.
- Mic Mac AAC - Lake Banook
- Banook Canoe Club - Lake Banook
- Senobe Canoe Club - Lake Banook
- Abanaki Aquatic Club - Bell Lake
- Cheema Aquatic Club- Lake Charles
- Maskwa Aquatic Club- Kearney Lake
- Orenda Canoe Club - Lake Echo
- Kinap Athletic Club - Porters Lake
The Armdale Yacht Club, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, Dartmouth Yacht Club and Bedford Yacht Club provide organized sailing competitions on a daily or weekly basis throughout the summer sailing season. St. Margarets Bay in the western part of the municipality, along with areas of the Eastern Shore, provide additional support to sailing sport enthusiasts.
The Saint Mary's Huskies Canadian Interuniversity Sport football team is a popular draw, and play their games at Huskies Stadium. Both Dalhousie and St. Mary's field ice hockey and soccer teams have a fierce rivalry.
Professional and semi-professional teams
Hockey teams are the most popular sports draw in HRM. The Halifax Metro Centre is home to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Halifax Mooseheads, who usually lead the league in attendance. The Dartmouth Sportsplex hosts the Metro Marauders Junior-A team.
On August 24 2006 it was announced Halifax would receive an American Basketball Association team. The team is known as the Rainmen. After one year in the ABA, the Rainmen left the league and have joined the Premier Basketball League.
Rumours of a Canadian Football League team have been around for decades, with one team, the Atlantic Schooners, existing only on paper. The Halifax Regional Municipality has considered lobbying to have a CFL team located in the area, though the proposal has never been formally endorsed by the municipal or provincial governments. Huskies Stadium hosted Touchdown Atlantic, a CFL exhibition game, in 2005, and planned to host another in 2006, but the suspension of one of the scheduled teams forced the cancellation of the game.
As for the major professional sports leagues, many Haligonians identify as supporters of the Boston teams, especially the NHL Bruins. This historic loyalty is often traced back to the relief Boston provided after the Halifax Explosion.  The Bruins have played several preseason games at Halifax Metro Centre in recent years.
HRM has hosted the World Junior Hockey Championships, as well as the Brier and Tournament of Hearts curling championships.
HRM was selected to host the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in May, 2007. National teams from Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, the Iroquois Nation, Scotland, and the United States participated. Canada defeated the Iroquois Nation in the final by a score of 21-4.
The inaugural World Indoor Lacrosse Championship were held in Hamilton, Kitchener, Mississauga, and Oshawa, Ontario, Canada in May, 2003. The World Indoor Lacrosse Championship is an International Lacrosse Federation-sanctioned event.
2014 Commonwealth Games bid
Halifax Regional Municipality was selected as the Canadian bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, beating other Canadian municipalities such as Hamilton, Ontario, York Regional Municipality, Ontario, and Ottawa, Ontario.
The estimated costs for the games in Halifax were projected at $800 million (CAD), to which the federal government committed $400 million in the fall of 2006. Leaked information projected these costs would escalate to $1.7 billion (CAD) as the bid committee prepared for submitting the final bid information in May 2007 to the Commonwealth Games Federation.
A major cost was projected to be the construction of a 50,000 seat stadium  and sports complex, including an athlete's village, on former Department of National Defence property at Shannon Park on the Dartmouth waterfront. Officials had estimated these facilities would cost $163 million  alone. Shannon Park was chosen as the most suitable location since it is situated on the Halifax Harbour where proposed high speed ferries could connect to other parts of Bedford Basin and the downtown central business district, as well as being situated astride several major highways and a rail line.
On March 8, 2007 the provincial and municipal governments issued a joint statement withdrawing Halifax from the bidding process for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, citing the projected costs to public finances and lack of available funding.
Halifax's withdrawal left two remaining bids under consideration: Abuja, Nigeria and Glasgow, United Kingdom. The Commonwealth Games Federation announced at a meeting in Sri Lanka on November 9, 2007 that Glasgow would host the 2014 Games.