AMHERST – When Trayci Metzger was looking for an outdoor activity for the younger members of her powerlifting club it didn’t take long for her to visit the Amherst Stadium to borrow several sets of snowshoes.
“They loved it,” she said of the activity. “We did a lot of training activities wearing the snowshoes and they really seemed to enjoy it. We’ll definitely be using them every week if they’re available.”
In 2015, Cumberland County’s three community health boards purchased 50 sets of snowshoes and Nordic poles. Of that number, 24 are available for daily and weekend use through the Amherst Stadium, Cumberland YMCA and Four Fathers Library.
For Amherst, it’s part of the town’s goal to become the most physically active community in Nova Scotia. While unsure how popular the snowshoes would be, they are amazed at how much of a hit it has become.
“We can’t keep them in supply they’re so popular,” active living co-ordinator Tamara Porter said.
Porter said they are encouraging users to go to places like Dickey Park and the Rotary Centennial Park as well as the town’s extensive trail system. She said the snowshoes are useable pretty much everywhere and their popularity has been helped by the fact there’s lots of snow to walk on.
The program has also become an addition to the popular after school program After the Bell that also includes shinny hockey, skating and ringette. That program, designed to keep children active, runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Snowshoes are also available at the E.D. Fullerton Municipal Building in Upper Nappan as well as through the libraries and other locations in Springhill, Parrsboro, Advocate, River Hebert, Pugwash and Oxford.