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Don't let winter stop you from being active

Keeping up with the freezing temperatures can be challenging. To meet that challenge, dress in layers to stay warm, safe and dry when exercising in cold weather.

Staying active, even during the winter months, is also important. Give snowshoeing a try. Snowshoes are available for lending as part of the Town of Amherst equipment lending program. They can be signed out at the Amherst Stadium, Four Fathers Library or the Cumberland YMCA free of charge.

Other ways to stay active include venturing out on one of our trails, hiking through a field or putting in some laps around an outdoor walking track, such as the Big Block Walk. The 0.8-kilometre walk follows Victoria Street to Church Street to Prince Arthur Street to Havelock Street.

Making the Big Block Walk safe for citizens to travel on is a priority for town staff when they clear sidewalks after a snowfall. On those messy snowy days, you can still get your steps in at the Amherst Stadium indoor walking track, which is open daily.

Adult learn to skate

Have you always wanted to learn how to skate but haven’t had the opportunity? Well here is your chance! Adult learn to skate B

Join us for the FREE Adult Learn to Skate sessions on Tuesdays at the Amherst Stadium from 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.  Get familiar with the ice, skating and stopping. The sessions are for those with limited or no experience.  If you need a helmet, we have some available for lending! To sign up please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (902)667-6500. 

Also new for adults is the Amherst Sport and Social League. Come to West Highlands Elementary on Wednesdays at 8 p.m., starting on Jan. 16. This is a great way to meet new people while playing different sports including basketball, soccer, floor hockey, pickleball and more! For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

After the Bell

The After the Bell youth skating program starts this week at the Amherst Stadium. It allows students to enjoy free skating, shinny hockey and ringette Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. This program gives youth a fun way to stay active at no cost. After the Bell programing is part of the Town’s Physical Activity Strategy that aims to make Amherst the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia. 

Outdoor skating magical

Town staff continue to maintain and flood the downtown outdoor ice surface to keep it smooth, weather permitting.  It’s up to Mother Nature to keep it solid. Evening skates feel magical under the decorative lighting at the outdoor rink, which is located at the corner of Victoria Street and Maple Avenue. It is open until 10 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Volunteers are welcome to bring shovels and clear the surface as needed.  Please respect the guidelines as posted. We all have to do our part in making Amherst a great place to live, work and play.  Dig out your skates and gather some friends and family for some fresh air, a few laughs, and fun activity, while making memories.

Planning for winter carnival underway

Planning for the fifth annual Amherst Winter Carnival has started.  The Town of Amherst is seeking partners to participate in the carnival, which takes place Feb. 12-18, and is encouraging all to join us in celebrating heart, culture and play. Popular activities will be returning to the schedule including an outdoor skating party, Chili Challenge, Outdoor Play Day and swimming, along with some new events.

If your organization would like to be part of the Winter Carnival and you have an event or activity you would like to add to the schedule, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What’s happening

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-667-6500.

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

  • Adult Pickleball
  • Public Skating
  • Youth Friday Night Fun
  • Amherst Junior A Ramblers Home Game vs South Shore