Trails, Parks, Facilities

There are many parks, playgrounds, sports fields and recreation facilities for residents and visitors to enjoy in the Town of Pictou. 

Hector Arena

Hector Arena 3

The Hector Arena is operated and managed by the Hector Arena Commission.  Founded in 1972, the Hector Arena is an indoor rink, open seasonally. Programs offered include adult and youth ice hockey, pick-up hockey, public skating, lessons and skating parties. A canteen and skate sharpening services are available onsite.

Helmets are now mandatory for children and youth under 18 years.

Walking at the Rink

The cooler weather is upon us, continue your walking routine at the Hector Arena inside Monday to Friday at 9:00 am beginning October 11.  Why not drop by with a friend. Donations accepted.

Walking Schedule at the Hector Arena, donations welcomed.

Daily Monday to Friday: 8:30 am-11:30 am & 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Please note**
Covid 19 restrictions..... masks are mandatory, you'll be asked to add your name, date and time, to sign-in sheet, everyone will walk, in one direction. 

Skating Parties

Have the COOLEST party ever. The Hector Arena is a great place to hold your child's birthday party. Parties coincide with Friday's public skating time (3:00 to 4:50 p.m.) and must be pre-booked by arena staff. Groups receive a private room to put on skates and hold your party. 

2021/22 PICTOU Skating Schedule 

Sundays 9:30am-10:40am FREE SKATE - Sponsored by Community Businesses
Mondays 1:30-2:30pm Adult Skates



Adult & Tot Skate

Adult Skate

Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm Adult Skate



Adult & Tot Skate

Adult Skate

Fridays 2:45-4:45pm Open Skate (sponsored)

Note: Skating schedules are subject to change without notice due to special events or tournaments. Please call ahead to confirm or check out their facebook page.


38 Naylor Drive
P.O. Box 551
Pictou, NS B0K 1H0
Ph: 485-5122



Parks & Playgrounds

  • Broidy Park - Wellington/Louise Street, 158 Wellington Street
  • Pine Street Playground, 216 Pine Street
  • Veteran's Drive Park, 80 Veterans Drive


Jitney Trail - A registered Trans Canada Trail

Take a walk along the Jitney Walking Trail following the waterfront in Pictou. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy a three kilometre trail to the site where the ship Hector made its historic landing in 1773. Park benches are available, allowing you to take in the panoramic views. Along the way you can learn about Pictou through interpretive panels and views of the site of the Hector settlers' landing. The Jitney Trail connects directly to the Trans Canada Trail System for more avid hikers. 


Blue RouteBlue 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 with bicycle infrastructure. Once completed the Blue Route will comprise of a 3000km network of signed bicycle routes, connecting riders with communities across the province.

The first section of the Blue Route was launched and opened August 2015 beginning on Pictou’s Waterfront. This included the installation of Blue Route signs on a segment of the provincial road network and on a short segment of the Jitney Trail, which is managed by the Town of Pictou. This segment of the entire planned route is 56 km in length, including 53km on Provincial Roadways and 3km on the Jitney Trail. The opening of the first section of the Blue Route was a historical event celebrated on our very own Jitney Trail.


Sports Fields

  • Ricky Sutherland Memorial Ball Field - Front Street
  • John Chisholm Memorial Ball & Soccer Field - Patterson/Louise Street
  • Pictou Academy Soccer and Baseball Field - Wellington Street

Community Use of Schools

School facilities are valuable community assets and are available to the community for educational, cultural and recreational purposes. Space at the schools in the Town of Pictou is scheduled for these purposes through Pictou Recreation and Parks. If you or your group is interested in booking a time and space please contact 485-4372.


Pictou Tennis CourtsTennis Courts 2014

Located at Broidy Park, Wellington Street. Youth and Adult Lessons offered during July and August. Annual memberships available. For information call Pictou Recreation and Parks. Tennis Courts are managed by the Highland Tennis Association. Find Highland Tennis Association on FACEBOOK.





Caledonian Curling Club

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The New Caledonian Curling Club was formed in 1852 (boasting the third oldest in Canada). The Club has three sheets of ice, clubroom/bar, kitchen and locker-rooms. Brooms and sliders are available for curler usage. A perfect way to pass a Nova Scotian Winter. Curling programs offered include:

  • Curling Club
  • Men's
  • Ladies
  • Industrial
  • Mixed (most fun)
  • Junior
  • Instructional

For more details visit our website at:

New Caledonian Curling Club
66 Caladh Ave
P.O. Box 681
Pictou, N.S. B0K 1H0
Ph: 485-5075