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No time like present to plan for happy, healthy 2019

We hope you all have enjoyed a very Merry Christmas and would like to extend our warmest wishes to you all for a very happy and healthy 2019.

Santa has come and gone, and a new year will soon be upon us. There is no time like the present to begin planning for a happy and healthy year in 2019. As part of our goal to be the most healthy, active community in Nova Scotia, we here at the Town of Amherst are happy to provide you with many resources to help get you outside and help you to stay active during the winter months.

We also hope to continue to brighten your nights and increase evening winter activities as we continue to illuminate Victoria Square and the downtown outdoor skating surface with our beautiful winter decorative lighting for all to enjoy.

Enjoy winter in Amherst

Are you feeling stuffed from all the turkey dinners with all the fixings?

Why not bundle up, get some fresh air and take advantage of the many great opportunities available to you throughout town such as a stroll along the Big Block Walk downtown, or go out and enjoy a skate on ‘A’ Place to Play outdoor skating surface, which is open daily, weather permitting, on the corner of Victoria St. and Maple Ave.

Also, did you know that the Four Fathers Library, YMCA and the Stadium Recreation office offer snowshoes FREE of charge for daily and weekend sign outs?snowshoe Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the outdoors on top of the snow throughout our many parks and along our walking trails.

Don’t forget to include your four-legged friends in your winter activities as well. Take them for some fun and free roaming time at our dog park at Dickey Park, 132 East Pleasant St.

If you are looking to get out of the cold and away from the snow and ice, the indoor walking track at the Amherst Stadium is open daily, with the exception of the short holiday break.

For more information what’s happening at the Amherst Stadium and when, please visit the stadium calendar on the Town of Amherst website or follow us on Facebook through the Amherst Recreation Department page.  

Please be advised the Amherst Stadium will be closed for a short break over the holidays to allow our valued Stadium employees the opportunity to enjoy the holiday with their families. The stadium will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and will reopen on Thursday, Dec. 27.

Holiday public skating at Amherst Stadium:

Thursday, December 27- 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 28 – 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 29 - 7:15 p.m.  -  8:45 p.m.

Come ring in the New Year with us at Amherst Stadium

The Family First New Year’s Eve Celebration will take place on December 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be lots of fun and exciting activities for everyone to enjoy! The very talented, local band Second Toe will have you tapping your toes. Come get your exercise by participating in our walking challenge on the walking track or by going for a skate on the ice.

There will be face painting, magic and more. There will also be wagon rides outside, and a grand finale of fireworks for New Year’s that will be shot off the roof of the stadium.

 We hope to see you there!

The Amherst Recreation Department would like to extend our warmest of wishes for a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2019. We hope you will continue to join us at events, in our parks, on the walking trails and at our recreational facilities. Help us continue our quest of becoming the most healthy, active community in Nova Scotia.

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:

  • Town Free Swim at YMCA - Saturday, Dec. 29: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Family First New Year’s Eve at Amherst Stadium - Monday, Dec. 31: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Cowboy Town’s fifth annual New Year’s Day celebration, 372 Church St. - Tuesday, Jan. 1: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.