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COLUMN: Free skating part of healthy living program at Amherst Stadium


HL: Free skating part of healthy living program at Amherst Stadium

Ice skating is a great activity to keep you active and fit and also provides many health benefits!  Skating provides a great aerobic workout, better balance, improves joint flexibility, builds leg muscles, endurance, and can be a stress reliever.  Skating is a fun and healthy activity for all ages. 

The Amherst Stadium provides free recreational skating as part of the town’s goal to be the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia.

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Figure skaters and hockey players are on the ice daily gearing up for competitions and tournaments.      

Coming up this weekend, Nov. 3 to 5, the Amherst Figure Skating Club is proud to partner with Skate Nova Scotia, hosting the Skate Canada Sectionals for the Maritimes at the Amherst Stadium.

Many young, talented skaters will descend upon Amherst and we encourage you to come out and show your support for our skate community and visitors alike.

A full schedule is soon to be released. Please stay tuned for updates via our town website or on our Amherst Recreation Facebook page.

On Nov. 11, our annual Remembrance Day ceremony will take place at the cenotaph at Victoria Square at 11 a.m.

 Citizens are encouraged to come out and honour the men and women who sacrificed for our freedom.

We are proud to announce that the Vimy Oak has been replaced and that we have planted our it next to town hall on the corner of LaPlanche and Victoria Street.

We were happy to plant this Vimy Oak with the assistance of a few legion members present, including veteran Jack Perry. This tree is not just an oak tree planted in a park. This tree represents a legacy and has been planted in honour of the many soldiers who fought in the battle of Vimy Ridge.

There will be a dedication ceremony to commemorate and honour the planting of our Vimy Oak and its history in honour of our soldiers and veterans following the Remembrance Day service on Nov. 11 at the planting site.

Christmas is just around the corner and we will kick off the season on Nov. 17 with our annual light up celebration at Victoria Square with music starting at 6 p.m. and the light up slated for 7 p.m.

On Nov. 18 the annual Christmas parade will take place starting at 6 p.m.

This year’s theme for the parade is 150 years of Spirit and Play. 

To register a float for the Christmas parade you can drop off an application at town hall. 

On Sunday, Nov. 19 our kick off to Christmas will continue as the Tree for Boston will arrive at the Amherst Superstore at 10:30 a.m. 

Amherst Stadium will play host to some exciting exhibition hockey action on Friday, Dec. 8, as Canada West takes on Team Russia as part of the World Junior A Hockey Challenge.

Game time will be 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are now available at Amherst town hall, Amherst Stadium, Maltby Sports and Crystal Cafe at Dayle's Grand Market for $10/ticket.


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If you have questions, community events and information to share, email or call 902-667-6500.

Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst:


- CFTA presents an Inspirational Evening With George Canyon – Nov. 3

- Skate Canada Sectionals – Nov. 3-5 (Amherst Stadium)

- Remembrance Day Ceremony – Saturday, Nov. 11 (Victoria Square)

- Amherst Christmas Parade – Saturday, Nov. 18 (6:00pm)

- Valley Wildcats vs. Amherst Jr. Ramblers – Saturday, Nov. 18 (7:30 p.m.)

- Truro Bearcats vs. Amherst Jr. Ramblers – Sunday, Nov. 19 (2 p.m.)


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