The Town of Amherst's Physical Activity Strategy outlines our plan to become the most healthy, active community in Nova Scotia. Our Active Living Co-ordinator ensures there are plenty of opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities to be physically active and works to give our community opportunitites to participate. Keep up with all the activities happening with the Town and in our community on our Facebook page.
The indoor walking track at the Amherst Stadium is a great way to stay active all year round! During the summer. the walking track is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.
We encourage daily walking with walking challenges. Destinations can be across country or somewhere warm like Mexico or Hawaii. During each day of a challenge, walkers count the number of laps they walk each day and add them to the overall tally, trying to reach the goal before the deadline. We’ve walked more than 2,000 in just one week, walking coast to coast without leaving Amherst!
Public skating is offered FREE as part of the Town of Amherst’s Physical Activity Strategy supporting active healthy Amherst. Skating sessions offered include Adult & Senior, Parents & Tots, Public Skating and After the Bell Skating. After the Bell Skating encourages youth to be active after school with Hockey and Ringette shinny options. Ringette sticks are provided. For a full skating schedule check the Amherst Stadium Calendar.
Every June, the Town of Amherst participates in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge for the month of June. In 2021, the Town placed 4th overall in Nova Scotia and thanks to the participation of our organizations and citizens, was crowned the most active town and won $15,000 toward playground equipment at Rotary Park!
Learn 2 Lead is a series of workshops organized by Cumberland municipalities (Cumberland County, Amherst, Oxford) to offer residents opportunities to train locally. The goal is to provide additional training to leaders in our communities - volunteers, coaches and leaders of all backgrounds.
Let’s live well together! Living Well is a program designed for older adults to keep them moving while providing wellness opportunities offered by the Town of Amherst in partnership with the YMCA of Cumberland. Each week participants perform 30 minutes of activity, either a walking circuit or chair yoga, followed by a social healthy snack break and a different health & wellness topic speaker.
The current program ended on Feb. 23.
Children in grades primary and one participate in nine sports over nine months, including basketball, figure skating, curling, cheer, tae kwon-do, swimming, run jump throw, soccer, and baseball. The program builds overall skills and ability and encourages lifelong enjoyment in sport. Click here to go to the Amherst Cumberland Multisport Facebook page. Registration for the program typically opens at the end of June or early July for the following Sept-May session.
Girls At Bat is a baseball for development initiative designed to help girls across the county set lofty goals and pursue them with tenacity. In the program, baseball is used as a tool to enhance social and emotional skills of athletes, focusing on the four primary goals of increased connection, courage, leadership and love of sport.