Self Directed Recreation

Terry Fox Run

photo credit: Bob MacEachern


There are many opportunities close to home that are non-structured in nature and available for use at your own leisure. Usually the cost of participating is minimal or free-of-charge. The Town of Pictou Recreation and Parks department recognizes the benefits of recreation and strives to make recreational activities accessible to everyone regardless of socioeconomic barriers. By promoting self-directed recreation, we hope to increase physical activity and citizen engagement in Pictou. The Pictou Recreation and Parks department strives to be a leader in physical activity and healthy lifestyle promotion and aims to do this through increased development of public spaces as well as a focus on fostering self-directed recreation and creating safe and welcoming spaces for people to reconnect with nature.



Here are some ideas to get started...... 

Sports Equipment Bag 

A kit bag full of outdoor recreation equipment for entertaining family and friends. The kit includes frisbees, Tug O’War rope, bat, balls, pylons, a book of game ideas and more. Free to borrow.

Also available for loan: road hockey equipment, baseball, rollar blades, washer toss sets and flag football

Play Packs

Play Packs are kits with books and play equipment in them. They are available to borrow using your free library card. These kits are available at the library in Pictou.


The Fisheries Training Pool offers drop-in rates as low as $6.00 for adults and $3.50 for students and seniors. Swimming is a relatively low-cost activity that one can participate in at their leisure. Between November to March Active Pictou County offers FREE public swimming on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm. 


Come down to the town office and borrow a basketball from our sports equipment bag and go shoot some hoops at the outdoor basketball court in front of Dr. McCulloch Junior High or Pictou Elementary!


Balls, bats and bases are included in our sports equipment bag which is available at the town office to borrow. Why not go hit a few home runs at Ricky Sutherland Memorial Field.


Stop by the town office for a Geocaching map that will lead you to some great spots on the Jitney Trail to find treasure. This is an activity that can be done solo or with a group.

Bike Tune Up Kits

The Pictou Library has everything you’ll need to get ready for a bike ride. Come sign out a kit with your free library card. These kits have a bike pump, lock and tool kit.


Tennis rackets are available to borrow from the town office. Go out and enjoy our new tennis court. 

Public Skating

Between November to March Active Pictou County offers FREE public skates in the various arenas throughout Pictou County. Check for a full schedule of skate times

Running Clubs

Inquire at the town office about current running programs being offered.

Nordic Walking Poles

Snow Shoes

Nordic walking poles and snow shoes are available for loan, call the Town Office to sign them out for the day or weekend.

Women on Wheels

A FREE club that meets every Friday at 10 AM at the Pictou Library for some snacks, information session and a ride on one of Pictou County’s great trails!

Biking on the JitneyOPEN SKATES AND SWIMS

FREE Swims at the Fisheries Training Pool
Watch for details on 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 12:00-1:00pm 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 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. For info call 485-5122.

Pictou New Horizons Club 

The Pictou New Horizons Club promotes the social well-being of our seniors in the town of Pictou and surrounding area. It is located close to the Hector Heritage Quay on Pictou;s waterfront, it is an ideal venue for seniors to gather to socially interact with one another, play some cards, line dance, potlucks, board games and make new friends. The club is accessible and provides a clean safe place for all events scheduled. They welcome new members and anyone who wishes to come in to visit are cordially invited to do so. If you are interested in joining contact either the Membership Committee Chairperson or the Treasurer and complete a simple application form. Annual dues are minimal, $5.00 and will provide assess to activities taking place at the Club.

Parks & Playgrounds

Broidy Park - Come enjoy our beautiful park, equipped with a full jungle gym and tennis courts!

Ricky Sutherland Memorial Field - Baseball, kickball, and more, these are just some of the self-directed recreation activities you can do at this location.

Chisholm Memorial Field - Baseball, kickball, soccer, and more.

You can book a baseball field to enjoy a family or group activity by call Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372. Gather a group, play a game, have a BBQ!


Jitney Trail

The Jitney Trail is a registered Trans Canada Trail that runs along the waterfront in Pictou. This scenic trail is a great place for running, walking, Nordic walking, biking, cross county skiing and snow shoeing! It is paved 1.5km and stroller / wheelchair friendly.

Blue Route

“The Blue Route provincial cycling network will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets” (Bicycle Nova Scotia, 2016). This route has been created with self-directed recreation in mind and it starts from the Jitney Trail in Pictou!


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