ON THE MOVE WITH PICTOU RECREATION AND PARKS
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.
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. The program takes place every Monday 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 from 7:00-9:00 pm. Fee is $75 and pre-registration is required. For further information on the next session 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 May 3 at the Pictou New Horizons Club from 10:45am. Cost: $45 This program was made possible through our partner Pictou New Horizons Club.
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 at the Pictou Elementary Gym
7:00-9:00 pm Cost:$2/night. Bring your own racket.
Adult Floor Hockey
Every Sunday 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 (now closed)
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 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.
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.
Get Movin' Recreation Equipment LEND Program
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. 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.
Active 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: www.activepictoucounty.ca.
Leadership and Training
Several Nova Scotia organizations offer leadership training and coaching courses.
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.