Recreation Programs


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.   

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Programs 2017

Learn to Meditate with Mike Thompson (4 weeks)

Are you looking great a great way to escape the grind of daily life? That has both mental and physical benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure, and getting you more in tune with your body,  even can boost your immune system! Then Meditation is what you need, with the hectic pace and demands of everyday life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. Does this sound interesting, maybe something you would like to try but never had an opportunity?  Please join Mike Thompson, a Certified Hypnotherapist, as he guides you through the fundamentals of what meditation can do for you, and how you can make this meditation class an investment into living your best life.  Every Tuesday beginning March 7th at the Pictou Library. Time: 2:00-3:00pm     Cost: $40 or pay as you go $10   Program offered in partnership with Pictou Antigonish Library.


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 9th 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 wks)

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 17th 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 weeks)

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 March 8 at the Pictou New Horizons Club from 10:45am. Cost: $45  This program was made possible through our partner Pictou New Horizons Club.

Progressive Tennis Program (6 weeks)

Progressive Tennis introduces the sport of tennis in a fun and interactive way and ensures immediate success for young players and beginners. Using modified tennis balls, rackets, nets and courts, players are properly equipped to enjoy rallies and learn the fundamentals of the game early on. Skills are developed much quicker, allowing for an easy transition to full court.January 25th  at the Pictou Elementary.  Date /Time: 6-7:00pm pm    Cost:  $25.00

Self Defense Class for Girls 

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. 
Saturday, January 28th, 12:30-3:30pm.  Cost: $15.00

Henna & The Art of Mehndi (4 weeks)
Explore your creative side with Hobby Henna Artist Laura MacDougall. Mehndi is an ancient form of body art, painting the body/ skin with an all-natural paste made from the powdered, dried leaves of the henna plant & essential oils. It leaves a red/ brown stain which can last up to 2 weeks. Come take a fascinating peek into the origins & history of henna, learn how to make your own natural & safe paste, roll your own applicator cones & learn step by step how to complete a simple henna design, explore the best methods of application with plenty of one-on-one time, not to mention lots of hands-on practicing! (Artistic skills are a plus, and absolutely not necessary!) This is a beautiful way to for Mothers & Daughters to spend time together. Ages 12+. All material supplied. Limited spots available

Thursdays beginning January 26th at 6:00-8:00 pm.
Location: Pictou Library Cost: $30  

Bus Trip - Pictou to Halifax
Flying On Your Own - A Tribute to Rita MacNeil
Dalhousie Art Centre

March 19, 2017 - 2:00 pm show
Symphony Nova Scotia once again pays homage to Cape Breton’s Queen of Song. Join our orchestra and long-time Rita collaborators Scott Macmillan, the Men of the Deeps, Lucy MacNeil of the Barra MacNeils, and Rita’s niece Katriona MacNeil for an encore performance of Rita’s most loved music. Highlights include We Rise Again, Flying on Your Own, The Ballad of Springhill, Working Man, Home I’ll Be, and many more. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks to register, limited seats available. Cost: $68 


Pre-School Activities

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 

Parent & Tot Yoga with Rachael MacLean (4 weeks)
An active and super fun parent and tot class. Enjoy yoga games and songs, breathing techniques, relaxing visualizations, and fun, fun yoga movements. Studies show that yoga is an effective self-help therapy for ADD/ADHD, Autism, and general health and well-being of all children. This is a great way to deepen your parent/child relationship, build balance and coordination, improve body and breath awareness and range of motion. Ages 3-5 yrs.   Every Thursday beginning January 19th  Location:   The Palace, top floor, Water Street                  Times:  1:30-2:00 pm
Cost: $20 (for two; parent/tot)

Drop In Programs  

Pictou Badminton Club

Every Tuesday beginning September 13th at the Pictou Elementary Gym
7:00-9:00 pm    Cost:$2/night.  Bring your own racket. 

Adult Floor Hockey

Sundays beginning October 16th at the Pictou Academy Gym   2:00-4:00 pm    Cost:  $2/day 


FREE Swims at the Fisheries Training Pool

FREE Swims at the pool beginning in November running to March 2017 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

FREE Skate at the Hector Arena on Sundays 11:30-12:30 pm.  The "I Love To Skate" program in made possible through funding from Canadian Tire and the Province of NS Thrive Strategy.
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. 

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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. 

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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: washer toss games, floor hockey equipment, tennis rackets, rollarblades, flag football and baseball kit with bats, helmets, catchers equipment, and balls.


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