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Oct 17: Get physical and get ready for Halloween, Christmas


Be sure to get outside and take some time to enjoy the beautiful colours of fall.

Studies show physical activity is essential for good mental health. Many citizens are missing out on the mental health benefits of physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that reduce feelings of pain and increases feelings of pleasure, boosting your mood. Exercise also reduces the amount of stress hormones floating around in your body. So, visit one of the outdoor trails or tracks, or simply take a walk to clear your head and enjoy the fresh crisp air!

Recreational skating at the Amherst stadium has resumed for the season, offering free daily skates as part of the Town of Amherst’s goal to be the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia.  Free skates include adult/senior skates, parents & tots skates, after the bell skates & open skates.  For full stadium schedule visit Amherst.ca.

Please take note that a CSA-approved helmet is mandatory for all skaters during recreational public skating as per the Ice-Skating Helmet Policy, effective August 2018.  Don’t have a helmet but love skating? Take advantage of our equipment lending program where you can sign out a helmet for free!physical snow shoeing B

The stadium indoor walking track is open daily and free for walkers to enjoy a safe, out of the weather space.

Halloween Haunting 

Amherst is feeling the spookiness this Halloween! Visit the Amherst Center Mall for the third annual Halloween Haunting! The Great Amherst Haunting will take place from Oct. 26-30 with family and adult viewings at different times.  Cost is $5 and $3 for kids.  You get a dollar off the ticket price with a food bank donation.  Ghost stories and wagon rides will be even scarier! 

Join downtown Amherst for a Spirit Walk on Friday, Oct. 26 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.  It’s trick or treating for adults! Sample witches’ brews and tasty treats, hear spooky ghost stories and music in the streets!  Download your Spirits Walk map at www.amherst.ca/shopping.html

Christmas is coming

With Christmas just around the corner Santa will soon be coming to town. This year’s theme for the Amherst Christmas Parade is “Christmas Songs.”

The Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. starting from downtown on Victoria Street.  Parade float applications can be found online at Amherst.ca. You can also pick one up at Amherst town hall or at the Amherst Stadium.  Stay tuned for downtown light up and tree for Boston details.

Off-leash dog park 

The Off-Leash Dog Park, located within beautiful Dickey park is now open. Park hours of operation are from sunrise to sunset. This one-acre area is designated for citizens to exercise, play and socialize with their dogs in a secure environment.  Guidelines and users code of conduct signage are posted. Please respect the space, pick up after your pet and enjoy!

What's happening

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

  • A Morning of Creative Inspiration & Beauty
  • Rollickers Concert
  • Autism Open House
  • Spirit Walk – downtown Amherst
  • The Great Amherst Haunting – Amherst Centre Mall