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Did you know the Town of Amherst lends out snowshoes FREE of charge for daily and weekend sign outs?

You can borrow outdoor sports equipment as a part of the Town of Amherst Physical Activity Strategy and help build Amherst as one of the most active, healthy communities in Nova Scotia. Snow shoes are available for lending at the Amherst stadium, Cumberland YMCA and Four Father’s Memorial Library. Enjoy our outdoor spaces and trails and keep active during the winter months.

If you don’t want to walk in snow shoes make your way to the Amherst Stadium and enjoy our popular walking track. Open seven days a week and you can walk for free. Walking times are Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday’s 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Coming Soon at the Amherst Stadium

On Saturday, Jan. 26 the Amherst Rambler host the Pictou Weeks Crushers and the game will be televised through Eastlink. Come join the fun at the Amherst Stadium as we look to fill the stadium with loud cheering passionate fans. The game will be special as the Amherst Ramblers will honour Service Clubs and First Responders.This game will be themed Community Service Appreciation Night. It’s guaranteed to be a family fun night at the Amherst Stadium.

‘A Place to Play…..Outdoor Skating!!!

The downtown “Outdoor Skating Surface” is back for another winter. This facility is equipped with decorative lighting, portable washroom, and benches to tie your skate, garbage cans and a bleacher viewing area. Due to our inconsistent weather the outdoor skating surface maybe closed for maintenance at times so please follow us on Facebook for any notices or call 902-667-6500 for more information. Please note that playing hockey on this surface is not permitted but you can enjoy a nice leisurely skate.

Want to stay Active during Cold Months?

The Amherst Stadium is host location to a Learn to Skate Program. Get familiar with ice, forward skating, backward skating, and stopping. This is for those limited or have no experience skating. These will take place on Tuesdays from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. from Jan. 8 thru to Feb. 26 and it’s free. A CSA approved helmet is required. Helmets are available for lending at the Amherst stadium. To register please call Tamara Porter at 902-694-2161 or email her at tporter@amhest.ca

If you’re not interested in the ‘Lear to Skate’ program, no problem. There will be an eight-week Adult Multi Sport Program offered at West Highlands School on Wednesday from 8 to 9 p.m. Enjoy some activity while playing basketball, volleyball, Pickle ball, dodgeball, floor hockey and much more. To register please email amherstsportandsocial@gmail.com

Winter Carnival Just Around the Corner

The Town of Amherst will celebrate its Fifth Winter Carnival from Feb. 12 to 18. There will be a number of activities planned around town for people of all ages and families to participate in. During our winter carnival we will celebrate Heart, Culture, and Play.

After The Bell Skating

Join us after school at the Amherst stadium for skating, shinny hockey, ringette, and walking.

This program is offered FREE of charge to support our community becoming the most active healthy community in Nova Scotia. Monday, Thursday and Friday (2:45 to 3:45 p.m.) Skating and Shinny, Wednesday’s (2:45 to 3:45p.m.) Skating and Ringette).

Let’s move and be active.

What's happening?

Do you have an event you want us to share? We love to share, so please feel free to contact us at amherstrecreation@amherst.ca with your information and we will spread the word.

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting our free community events listing and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have questions, community events and information to share, email amherstrecreation@amherst.ca or call 902-667-6500.

Corey Crocker is the recreation supervisor and facility co-ordinator/scheduler for the Town of Amherst

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