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 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.
SPECIAL NOTICE - DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC NOT ALL REGULAR PROGRAMS ARE BEING OFFERED, PLEASE KEEP WATCH ON TOWN WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA FOR UPDATES. Updates posted on this page: https://www.townofpictou.ca/recreation-matters/stay-home-stay-active/
SPRING PROGRAMS 2021
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 at 10am at the Pictou Legion until June 28.
Time: 10:00-11:00 am Cost: $57.50 for a 10 session punch card
Chair Yoga with Rachael MacLean (6 weeks/ongoing)
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 at the Pictou Legion at 11:00am. Cost: $50. Next session: April 23
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 10:00am at the Pictou Legion. Cost: $50. Next session: April 7 - STILL OPEN SPOTS.
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. Fee: $20 per session. Pre-registration required, call 902-485-4372. Open to athletes ages 12 years and up.
Dates: Spring dates: May 20th & June 17th
Adult Floor Hockey
Tuesdays 7-9pm beginning January 12th at the Pictou Academy Gym
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 Start date: TBA
Sun Set Stroll - Nordic Walking Group
Every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm, meet at the deCoste Parking Lot near the Jitney Trail
Poles are available if needed; "how to" provided. Cost; FREE
Brain Break Lunch Time Walking Group
Every Thursday at 12:30pm, meet at the deCoste Parking lot near the Jitney Trail. Join recreation staff for a lunch break walk, 20 minutes. FREE.
Tennis Memberships and Lessons
Highland Tennis Association is excited to announce the courts are 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.
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
Every Sundays 1-3pm and Tuesdays 7-9pm at the Pictou Academy Gym. Safety protocols in place. Cost: $2 per day.
Adult Badminton Club - POSTPONED
Every Tuesday throughout the school year at the Pictou Elementary Gym
7:00-9:00 pm Cost:$2/night. Bring your own racket.
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.
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.
NOW AVAILABLE STORAGE LOCKERS FOR CANOES, KAYAKS & PADDLE BOARDS
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.
EQUIPMENT LOAN 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: 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.
Active Pictou County
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 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: www.highlandconnect.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.