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Family fun packed into winter carnival

Join us while we celebrate our sixth annual winter carnival! 

Activities and events from our community partners and businesses have filled up our schedule. The festival, which began on Feb. 11 and ends on Feb. 17, is packed with fun, active and healthy activities the whole family can enjoy!

We are hosting a mesmerizing experience with Mentalist Kevin Robart on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre. Tickets are $15. They can be purchased at Amherst town hall, the Amherst Stadium and eventbrite.ca.

The ticket price includes snacks and chocolate-covered strawberries. A cash bar will also be available.

The night will be full of head-scratching fun and laughs. Get your tickets before they are gone! It’s a fun girl’s night out or a great date night idea!

The Indoor Walking Challenge continues through the whole week on the walking track at Amherst Stadium. Help us reach our goal of walking to Amherst Island, Ont.! Track your laps on the sign-up sheet and don’t forget to stop in to the stadium office for a ballot. You could win a Fitbit!Walking Challenge B

Like prizes? How about a chance to win a $50 gift card! All you need to do is tag your fun-filled winter carnival photos with #AmherstWC2020 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We can’t wait see why you love it! 

Join us Feb. 15 at the outdoor skating surface on Maple Avenue from 2-4 p.m. It will include skating, wagon rides and carnival games, Empire Theatre popcorn and Tim Hortons hot chocolate. Don’t forget to bring your own cup to help us help our planet!  But don’t worry, if you forget, we will have cups available.

We also have Town of Amherst sponsored family bowling! Free for you to enjoy on Feb. 17. Be sure to call the King Pin Bowling Alley at 902-667-5678 to reserve your time in advance. 

Our famous Chili Challenge is being held at Dayle’s Grand Market on Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. until noon. Things are sure to heat up as our local politicians battle it out to claim the title of Chili Champion. Come out and sample each one and cast your vote for the best.

A huge thank you goes out to all of our local community groups, partners and businesses for participating in this year’s winter carnival. What a great community we live in! It is sure to be a fantastic week for all to celebrate.

There are too many great activities to list here, please be sure to check out the full schedule of events at https://amherst.ca/recreation.html or on the Amherst Recreation Department Facebook page.

African Heritage Month

The month of February has been proclaimed African Heritage Month in the Town of Amherst.

This year’s African Heritage Month theme is: The Ties that Bind: Faith, Family and Community. It recognizes the unique bond people of African decent share through faith, family and community.

The theme also celebrates the longstanding legacy of faith and spirituality, acknowledging strong family ties and honouring the togetherness of the African-Nova Scotian community.

The Sand Hill Historic Walking Trail Exhibit was unveiled on Feb. 1 at the Cumberland County Museum as part of the launch of African Heritage Month in Cumberland County. We encourage you to learn the history of Sand Hill and engage in conversation about the historic trail as well as the benefits of connecting this heritage to recreation in our community.

Living Well Program for older adults

Have you heard about the Living Well program?

There are still a few spaces available. Sign up for a free, fun-filled, six-week program where we will explore health and wellness topics for older adults.

Topics include nutrition, gardening/outdoors, staying healthy, mental health and more. There will be a light fitness class each session, time to mingle, refreshments, and a guest speaker each week. 

The program starts on Feb. 19. To register or for more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-667-6500.

What’s happening

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting our free community events listing and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for our Weekly Skinny and we will send you a weekly listing of events and activities happening in the community. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today for more information.

Here’s a taste of what’s happening around town:

  • Mediterranean Cooking Demonstration, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. Call Simply For Life for more details and to register.
  • Adult Pickleball, Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m., West Highlands Elementary School.
  • Family Fun Learn to Curl Night, Feb. 14, 7-9 p.m., Amherst Curling Club.
  • Winter Carnival Snowshoe or Hike, Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m. Meet at Victoria Square.
  • Town of Amherst sponsored free swim, Feb. 15, 4:30-6:30 p.m., YMCA of Cumberland.
  • Family Valentine Evening, Feb. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Amherst Wesleyan Church.
  • Alpine Curling, Feb. 17, 2-4 p.m., Maple Avenue outdoor skating surface.
  • Skate with the Jr. A Ramblers, Feb. 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Amherst Stadium.