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After the Bell program gaining in popularity


While it seems Mother Nature is playing games with us, keeping up with the changes in temperature can be challenging.

It’s best to be prepared, keep warm and dress for the weather! Dress in layers, topped with a warm insulated jacket. Insulated, water-proof boots will keep your feet comfortable and ready to face the cold. Staying active, even during the winter months is important.

Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated or herbal teas to keep you warm. 

The After the Bell youth skating program has officially started at the Amherst Stadium, offering students free skating, shinny hockey, ringette and snow shoeing Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

This youth-oriented program makes it easy for kids to have fun and be active.

The YMCA is also offering an After the Bell program for girls in Grades 7 to 9 including outdoor activities such as geocaching, trailblazing, snowshoeing, and dog walking. After the Bell programing is part of the town’s Physical Activity Strategy to make Amherst the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia.

Plans for the 4th annual Amherst Winter Carnival are coming together, with more than 100 ways to celebrate heart, culture, and play.

To fit it all in, we’ve extended the carnival to a full week, from Feb. 13 to 19. Highlights include a Hawaiian luau skating party organized by the Amherst Youth Town Council, a Heritage Day fair with traditional craft demonstrations, and a hypnotism comedy show on Valentine’s Day. Returning again this year are the popular Outdoor Play Day, street hockey with the Ramblers, and horse and wagon rides.

Local restaurants are getting into the spirit with special menu items, like the Piano Tea Room’s Carnival Latte, made with honey, ginseng and chia. A full calendar of events is available on the town website

The off-leash dog park pilot at Robb Complex on LaPlanche Street is seeing lots of activity, as dog owners make use of the space to let their dogs run and play with other dogs.

While the dogs sure love the chance to run free, another benefit of the new space is the opportunity for dog owners to socialize and meet other people in town. With at least one thing in common (the love of dogs) it’s easy to start up a conversation!

Town staff continue to flood the downtown outdoor ice surface every couple of days to keep it smooth, weather permitting. It’s up to Mother Nature to keep it solid. Lots of people have been using the skating surface located at the corner of Victoria Street and Maple Avenue, open until 10pm daily, weather permitting. 

When was the last time you laced up your skates? It’s good for a laugh, at least, and you’ll be making memories while you’re at it. You can warm up with a hot chocolate at a nearby restaurant when you’re done.

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. 

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