Recreation Programs

Winter Recreation


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 snowshoe hike with your friends or taking your grandchild to the playground. Pictou Recreation and Parks provide recreation programming for all ages and interests, as well as leadership in organizing special community events that foster community pride.   


For more ideas on self-directed active living opportunities visit this LINK 
For information on Pictou Fisheries Pool and programs visit this LINK

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Registration required for all programs, please call 902-485-4372. Public health measures in place. Limited spots available.

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 4th at the Pictou Legion.

Time: 9:00-10:00 am                     Cost: $57.50 for a 10 session punch card

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 Friday beginning January 8th at the Pictou Legion at 11:00am. Cost: $50.

 Yoga with Rachael MacLean (6 weeks)

Learn the fundamentals of yoga building strength, improve balance, increase flexibility, reduce stress and tension while building overall health. The sessions lead you through breathing practices, movement and mediation to integrate body, mind and spirit. Every Wednesday beginning January 6th at 2:00pm at the Pictou Legion. Cost: $50.

CKS Skills Development - Basketball Clinic and Sessions

Facilitated by Craig Sutherland, a focused skill development program in which concepts will be taught through a combination of gym and classroom sessions covering: ball handling, shooting, dribbling and finishing moves, and reading game specific situations. Pre-registration required, call 902-485-4372. Open to athletes ages 12 years and up.

Dates: Winter session dates TBA

Adult Floor Hockey (Drop-in)
Tuesdays 7-9pm beginning January 12th at the Pictou Academy Gym
7:00-9:00 pm    Cost: $2.00 

Women on Wheels  - POSTPONED TO THE SPRING 2021
Every Monday at 10:00am, meet at the gazebo, Market Square on Water Street
If you don't have a bike, just let us know, there are some available
Cost: FREE

Nordic Walking Group - start up dates will be announced for 2021
Every Thursday evening at 6:30pm, meet at the deCoste Parking Lot near the Jitney Trail
Poles are available if needed; "how to" provided. Will run until December.
Cost; FREE


Guided Snowshoe Hikes
Hosted by the Recreation Departments of Pictou County and the Town of Pictou, Active Pictou County and Hike Nova Scotia. Registration required, please call 902-485-2247. Snowshoes available. Guided hike will still take place if there is no snow.

Jan. 23 at 10am – Caribou/Munroes Island Provincial Park

Feb. 15 at 10am – Salt Springs Provincial Park

March 19 at 10am—Fitzpatrick Mountain

Snowboard Riglet Program Try It Session -Feb. 13 at 11am-2pm

Nova Scotia Snowboard has partnered with Pictou Recreation and Parks to offer a Riglet Program. Learn the basics to get you started. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks to register at 902-485-4372; for youth ages 5-12 years. Location: Market  Square, Pictou.

Paddleboard Try It Sessions - March 18 beginning at 1:30pm
Pictou Pool; 20 minute sessions; call to register at 902-485-4372; hosted by  the Recreation Departments of the County of Pictou and Town of Pictou.  Limited spots available.

Winter Try It Sessions
Hosted by the Recreation Departments of Pictou County and the Town of Pictou. Recreation staff will be onsite with outdoor winter equipment such as cross country skis, snowshoes, adaptable snow sled equipment for youth with disabilities. Enjoy the trails at your own leisure for the afternoon.

February 26th at 1-3:00 pm. Location: Jitney Trail at deCoste Parking Lot.
March 12th at 1-3:00 pm. Location: Fitness Trail behind McCulloch Education Centre, access off Wellington Street, Pictou. 

Sledge Skates  - February 12th at 2:45pm

Sledges will be available at the Hector Arena in Pictou to try out. Join recreation staff who will show you how to use sledges during the regular skate time.  Free skate sponsored by Town of Pictou. Additional dates to be announced.

Tennis Memberships and Lessons

Highland Tennis Association is excited to announce the courts are still open for players located at Broidy Park.  

Tennis Lessons (Summer)
Age 6 yrs and up beginning in July
Week day mornings
Adult Lessons available upon request.
$30 individual/$50 family (includes access to the courts on your own time). Qualified instruction.


Seasonal Memberships available. Cost: $30 individual/$50 family.
For an additional $20 for an individual membership and $40 for a family membership you can play at the New Glasgow courts too!!

Brought to you by: Highland Tennis Association, please drop by the Pictou Recreation and Parks Office at the Town Hall to register or call 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  - CANCELLED DUE TO PANDEMIC, updates coming soon.

Adult Badminton Club

Beginning September 10th, every Tuesday throughout the winter at the Pictou Elementary Gym
7:00-9:00 pm    Cost:$2/night.  Bring your own racket. 

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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 ensuring 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 watercraft 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, paddleboards, kayaks, 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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The purpose of this cooperative partnership amongst five 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 Active Pictou County on Facebook for ideas. 


Highland Connect

Highland Connect is a simple, searchable, online guide to recreation, sport and physical activity opportunities in Pictou, Antigonish, and Guysborough Counties of Nova Scotia. Highland Connect supports healthier lifestyles for all. Check out the 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