Wanderers Amateur Athletic Club

The Halifax Wanderers, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada were the amateur athletic teams of the Wanderers Amateur Athletic Club, organized in 1882,[1] and in existence until 1982.

Halifax Wanderers
Full nameWanderers Amateur Athletic Club
Nickname(s)The Wanderers
Short nameWAAC
Founded1882; 140 years ago (1882)
Dissolved1982; 40 years ago (1982)
GroundWanderers Grounds
Halifax, Nova Scotia


The Club was founded by members of the Wanderer's Cricket Team in 1882. It was initially active in cricket, track and field and rugby football. The Wanderers had their own playing field, known as Wanderers Grounds, which still exists today. A field house was built in 1896 on the city-owned grounds, which were leased for $100 per year. The field house was destroyed by fire in 1938.[2]

The WAAC disbanded in 1982, and its assets reverted to the City of Halifax.[2] A new WAAC was founded in 2009 by the combined Halifax Rugby Football Club and the Halifax Tars Rugby Football Club.[2]

The legacy of the 'Wanderers' name was continued with HFX Wanderers FC, a new professional soccer club founded in 2018, who play at the Wanderers Grounds.

Ice hockeyEdit

Team picture, 1899

The Wanderers sponsored an ice hockey team, which won the Starr Halifax Championships twice in the 1890s, and won the Maritime amateur championship in 1898.[1]



  • Farrell, Arthur (1899). Hockey: Canada's Royal Winter Game.
  1. ^ a b Farrell 1899, p. 97.
  2. ^ a b c "Wanderer's Grounds Field House Rehabilitation Project" (PDF). p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2010-08-04.