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Fourth winter carnival well underway

The Fourth Annual Amherst Winter Carnival is in full swing! 

Although the weather hasn’t been co-operating, we are still making the best of the week and providing lots of events and activities for all ages that will keep you active! In support of our goal to be the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia, this week-long festival is offering over 100 ways to celebrate heart, culture, and play. Visit for a full calendar of events.

Friday’s schedule includes Frosty Fun Times with Maggie’s Place, public skating, Big Block Walk with MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, Aquafit class at the YMCA, a town free swim at the YMCA, pickleball at West Highland school, Steak n’ Stein at Bella’s, Youth Friday Night Fun at the YMCA, a Chocolate & Wine Tasting at the Apothic Inn, and a game of 45s at the Amherst 50 + Club.  

The fifth Valentine’s Run will kick off Saturday’s events with over 100 runners registered for a 3k, 5k, 10k, or half marathon route. 

You are encouraged to come out and cheer on these runners/walkers who dare to brave the cold! 

Things will heat up as local politician’s battle it out to claim the title of chili champion at the Chili Challenge at Dayle’s Grand Market. 

Come listen to live music, shop local, while taste testing five pots of chili.  Cast your vote for your favourite! 

Will the reigning champ, Town Of Amherst Deputy Mayor Shelia Christie, triumph once again? Join local artist Denice MacDonald at Maritime Mosaic for an Art Workshop to create a winter deer, one-of-a-kind 8x10 mixed media on wood.  Registration is required. 

Taking place on the second floor of Dayle’s will be an Intro to harmony Tae Kwon-Do (50+) and Intro to Tai Chi. 

The AYTC is hosting a Hawaiian Luau Skating party at the outdoor skating surface on the corner of Victoria Street and Maple Avenue.  Taking place at the CCUBIC, on 5 Ratchford St., Showcase productions Youth Players will present Shakespeare: A Musical Comedy, great for all ages. 

Also taking the stage, Live Bait Theatre presents Love Letters: Theatre and Desserts. Enjoy gourmet desserts from Birkenshaw’s Tea Room & Coffee House.  Tickets are $15.  Other evening attractions include the Amherst Jr. A Ramblers Hockey game vs. the Woodstock Slammers, and the Amherst 50 + Club Dance. 

Returning this year on Sunday is the popular Outdoor Play Day at Victoria Square, street hockey with the Ramblers, and horse and wagon rides. There is a Children’s Wish Foundation Breakfast at the Lion’s Club from 8 to 11 a.m. Dogs to Divas is hosting a Doggie Social at the new off-leash dog park pilot at Robb Complex. Bring your four legged friends for a chance to run and play with other dogs.  The L.A. Animal Shelter will be there with hot chocolate and chili. 

Monday’s events compliment Heritage Day with African heritage displays, Flight of the Honey Bee Community Gardens Play, Yoga Class with HaTha Yoga Room, and a free one-hour meditation and self-exploratory class. 

In hockey action, the Jr. A Ramblers take on Miramichi at the Amherst stadium at 2pm. 

Follow Town of Amherst and Amherst Recreation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit for a complete listing of activities and events in our community. If you have community events and information to share, email or call 902-667-6500. Let’s make Amherst the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia.  Here’s a taste of what’s upcoming in Amherst:

  • Amherst Valentine’s Run
  • Children’s Wish Foundation Breakfast at the Lion’s Club
  • Heritage Fair & Traditional Crafts Demo
  • Girls Come Try Baseball Camp

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