Recreation Programs

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Becoming more active is easier than you think. It is important to be active throughout your life. Discover all the different ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily life in Pictou. It can be as easy as walking the dog, a snow shoe hike with your friends or taking your grandchild to the playground. Pictou Recreation and Parks provides recreation programming for all ages and interests, as well as leadership in organizing special community events that foster community pride.  

Programs 2018

Art Therapy with Silvia Schaaf (6 weeks)

Abstract Art - Acrylic painting and colour exploration - having fun with acrylic colour and play with pigments and glass. Learn, how much to use, what colours to use, what is abstract art, team painting and much more. Supplies included, limited space. Every Tuesday beginning February 20th. Youth class at 6:00 (Grade 6-10), Adult class at 7:00pm. Location: Pictou Pool program room.   Cost: $85.00.

Girls Self Defense Class with Kelli Cruikshank (one session)

This Program is intended to educate, promote awareness, build self-esteem and give young women the physical and mental tools they need to detect, avoid and escape potentially violent situations. Learn simple, effective physical self-defense techniques, explore verbal self defense - reasoning, confronting, using surprise, and more. Call to register. 
Cost: FREE             Location: Pictou Academy Gym                 Time: 10:00-12:30 pm

Tai Chi with Bob Bennett (ongoing) 

Gentle flowing movements that reduce the stress of today’s busy lifestyles and improve health.  It is a non competitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching.  Anyone regardless of age or physical ability can practice Tai Chi. Every Monday beginning January 8th at the Odd Fellows Activity Room. Join in anytime
Time: 9:00-10:00 am                     Cost: $5.75 per class

 Photography Class with Len Cheverie (8 weeks)

Improve your photographic experience!  This course is for anyone wanting to have a better understanding of the basics of photography.  Classes are held on Tuesdays beginning January 16th from 7:00-9:00 pm. Fee is $75 and pre-registration is required.  For further info or to register contact the PRP Office at 485-4372.

 Chair Yoga with Rachael MacLean (6 week sessions / ongoing through the spring)

Chair Yoga is a wonderful and uplifting program for all ages and abilities. This class will invite you to connect with breath and movement to improve your range of motion, flexibility and strength. Join us for this opportunity to feel better in this customized session to meet YOUR needs.  Enjoy the benefits of Yoga,  feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and well. Every Wednesday beginning January 10th at the Pictou New Horizons Club from 10:45am. Cost: $45. This program was made possible through our partner Pictou New Horizons Club.

 Nordic Pole Walking Group (weekly; winter)

Are you interested in Nordic pole walking and want to find out how to get started. Join in a weekly indoor walk at the Hector Arena. Nordic walking is a total body version of walking that can be enjoyed by everyone as a health-promoting physical activity. The activity is performed with specially designed walking poles similar to ski poles. Nordic walking is the fastest growing adult physical activity in Canada. Poles and general instruction are provided.
Every Monday at 10:00 am beginning January 8th.  Location: Hector Arena, Pictou.   Cost: by donation

Youth Floor Hockey (ongoing until June)
An opportunity to enjoy an exciting and affordable hockey experience in a safe friendly environment. Teams are put together with an objective to balance the skill level of the teams as much as possible.  Participants are provided with the opportunity to participate in training and skill development sessions. Ages 6-15 yrs.   Beginning February TBA  Location:   PA Gym                 
Cost: $2.00 drop in; must call 902-485-4372 to register.             

Self Defense Class for Girls with Kelli Cruikshank 

This Program is intended to educate, promote awareness, build self-esteem and give young women the physical and mental tools they need to detect, avoid and escape potentially violent situations. Learn simple, effective physical self-defense techniques, explore verbal self defense - reasoning, confronting, using surprise, and more. Call for details and to register.  When: February TBA Location: PA Gym. Call for details at 902-485-4372 


Bus Trip - Nova Scotia International Tattoo
Scotiabank Centre, HALIFAX

June 30, 2018 - 2:00 pm show

Celebrating 40 years; don’t miss this epic show of groups from across Canada and around the world.  Looking for a taste of true Nova Scotia? There’s bagpipes, highland dancers and military traditions. Hoping for something more modern? The Tattoo also features innovative acrobatic acts, modern music, contemporary dancing, trampoline routines and cutting-edge videos. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks to register, limited seats available. Cost: $68   Reserve your seat/ticket early, call Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.

Early Years Programs

Looking for activities for your little ones? For opportunities to participate in something new in a group, click the following for ideas Activities for Tots to 6 years 

Drop In Programs  

Pictou Badminton Club

Every Tuesday beginning January 9th at the Pictou Elementary Gym
7:00-9:00 pm    Cost:$2/night.  Bring your own racket. 

Adult Floor Hockey

Every Sunday beginning January 7th at the Pictou Academy Gym  
2:00-4:00 pm    Cost:  $2/day 

Open Skates and Swims

FREE Swims at the Fisheries Training Pool

FREE Swims at the pool beginning in November running to March is made possible through funding from the Province of NS Thrive Strategy. Saturdays 12:00-1:00 pm For further info call 485-5301.      

FREE Skating at the Hector Arena

Watch for details on FREE Skates at the Hector Arena beginning in the fall; Sundays 9:30-10:45 am.  The "I Love To Skate" program in made possible through funding from Canadian Tire and the Province of NS Thrive Strategy. For info call 485-5122.

 Note: Skating schedules are subject to change without notice due to special events or tournaments. Please call ahead to confirm 485-5122. 

Pictou Soccer

Pictou Soccer Club has a multi-part structure to it. First of all we operate a recreational format that provides the opportunity for every player to participate in the game of soccer, in a fun and relaxing atmosphere, and is open to all players from ages 5 – 10 years. This format is the heart of our soccer program, introducing the game to players and insuring that everyone gets the opportunity to participate. We try diligently to provide this recreational opportunity, in a fun, engaging and inviting manner to all players. Playing should be FUN! Visit this LINK for more information.


Did you ever wonder what geocaching is all about? Do you enjoy a good treasure hunt? Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunt happening right now, all around you.  For self guided tours pick up a brochure at the Town Office. Geocaching is a great way to enjoy the Jitney Trail  with your family or in a group treasure hunt. 

Discover more geocaches in the Town of Pictou <here>

Junior Leader Program

Are you a teen looking for valuable volunteer experience? Come and join the Pictou Recreation and Parks Junior Leader Program! We are committed to investing in our youth! Responsibilities include: 1 day leadership training, supervising summer day camp participants ages 6-11 years and helping with the preparation of crafts and activities. Please call 485-4372 to register. 



On the Pictou Waterfront at the MarinaIf you are looking for convenient storage for your small recreational water craft near a launch ramp please call Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372. Individual units available, annual fee.

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A kit bag full of outdoor recreation equipment for entertaining family and friends is available from Pictou Recreation & Parks. The kit includes frisbees, Tug'o'War rope, bat, balls, pylons and more. Reserve by calling the office at 485-4372 (a deposit of $20.00 is required, but will be refunded in full when the equipment is returned).

Also available to lend out: Canoe, bikes, snow shoes, nordic walking poles, sport wheel chairs, washer toss games, floor hockey equipment, tennis rackets, rollarblades, flag football and baseball kit with bats, helmets, catchers equipment, and balls. For a complete listing of equipment visit <here>

 DID YOU KNOW: that you can sign out the following bike equipment from the Pictou Library: bike locks, tire pump, allen-key tune up kit.

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APC logoActive Pictou County

The purpose of this cooperative partnership amongst the six municipalities in Pictou County is to educate and motivate all citizens to increase their daily physical activity in an effort to create a happier, healthier and active community. The brand Active Pictou County was created as the driving force for this purpose.

Looking to get more active or incorporate physical activity into your daily routine, visit the Active Pictou County website at:

Leadership and Training

Several Nova Scotia organizations offer leadership training and coaching courses.

Training Programs

Funding and Financial Support

For community groups, finding funding in order to enhance programs or subsidize the costs of participation to the users is sometimes a challenge. There are a variety of organizations that offer funding and financial support for recreation activities and sports programs.

Funding Sources