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.
Have you always wanted to learn how to skate but haven’t had the opportunity? Well here is your chance!
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.
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 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.
Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst: