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Fall cleanup in our gardens and homes

The leaves are beginning to fall and bulb planting season is upon us.

Along with spring flowering bulbs that are planted in the fall, did you know that fall is the perfect time of year to plant trees and shrubs? Planting trees in the fall prior to the ground freezing allows the tree to get settled in its new home before it goes dormant for the season.

Late fall is the perfect time for putting our gardens to bed for winter. This usually involves the removal of annual plants, working amendments into your existing flower beds, the planting of spring flowering bulbs, trees and shrubs, and also the raking and removal of leaves, especially those that are diseased from your lawns.

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Stadium walking track, skating great options to stay active

Colder days ahead but that doesn’t mean you have to stop being active.

Did you know that recreational skating is offered free of charge as part of the Town of Amherst’s Physical Activity Strategy to be the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia?

Our Stadium walking track is also open Monday to Fridays from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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Oct 3: Recreational skating, walking help keep you active

Happy October Amherst! Did you know that Recreational Skating is offered free of charge as part of the Town of Amherst’s Physical Activity Strategy, which aims to make the town the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia?

Some upcoming skates to take advantage of are happening on Saturday, Oct 13, from 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., Sunday Oct 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and October 28 from 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Please remember, CSA-approved helmets are mandatory for public skating.

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Oct 17: Get physical and get ready for Halloween, Christmas


Be sure to get outside and take some time to enjoy the beautiful colours of fall.

Studies show physical activity is essential for good mental health. Many citizens are missing out on the mental health benefits of physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that reduce feelings of pain and increases feelings of pleasure, boosting your mood. Exercise also reduces the amount of stress hormones floating around in your body. So, visit one of the outdoor trails or tracks, or simply take a walk to clear your head and enjoy the fresh crisp air!

Recreational skating at the Amherst stadium has resumed for the season, offering free daily skates as part of the Town of Amherst’s goal to be the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia.  Free skates include adult/senior skates, parents & tots skates, after the bell skates & open skates.  For full stadium schedule visit Amherst.ca.

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Sept 26: Keep active outdoors or at the stadium

There’s coolness in the air and the leaves are starting to change colour and fall from the trees. Don’t let that stop you from being active in all our outdoor recreational spaces.  All parks, trails, tennis courts and washrooms are open daily. Please note our washrooms are open daily from dawn to dusk.  

The Amherst Stadium has gone through many changes this summer through our capital projects. Our ice condition plant got an overhaul, two new humidifiers installed, new rink boards, new sound system and Wi-Fi and a new paint job throughout parts of the facility.

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