Recreation Programs

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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 the page "Go Play Self Directed Recreation"

For information on Pictou Fisheries Pool and programs visit the page "Aquatics"  


Registration required for some programs, please call 902-485-4372. Proof of vaccination required and public health protocols in place. Limited spots available. Fall programs will be updated soon. 

Tai Chi (September - June)

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. Weekly on Mondays. Start date: TBA

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 CN Station at 11:00am. Cost: $50. Next session: January 2022.

 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 at 10:00am at the Pictou Legion. Cost: $50. Next session: January 2022

Women on Wheels
Are you interested in beginning to ride again or looking for championship for biking, join in a bike ride every Wednesday at 1pm beginning September 15. Meet up location: deCoste Parking Lot. No bike, no problem, bikes available through Pictou Recreation and Parks, call 902-485-4372.  WILL RESUME IN THE SPRING 2022

Nordic Walking Group (weekly)
Interested in learning to Nordic Walk and join a weekly walking group? This is for you. The group will meet every Tuesday at 6:30pm. Location: deCoste Parking lot, walking the Jitney Trail and looping through Town. Join recreation staff; open to all ages, poles available. 

Walking Buddy Program
New to the area or want to begin a new walking routine? Maybe you’re a senior who doesn’t feel comfortable walking alone due to mobility issues or you’re just someone who wants a companion to walk with.  We will connect you to a trained walking buddy for companionship, motivation and provide the best routes to explore. To get started call Michelle at 902-485-6057. 

Adult Badminton
Every Tuesday, 7-9pm at McCulloch Education Centre Gym. Cost $2.00  Bring your own racket.

Photography Class with Len Cheverie (8 weeks)
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 beginning September 21st  from 7:00-9:00 pm at the CN Station. Fee is $80 and pre-registration is required.  Another session will follow in January 2022.

Basket Ball Clinics with Craig Sutherland
Join Craig Sutherland, CKS Skills Development for 2 sessions of basketball skills development. Sessions will be split into two, 10 person groups for ages 12 years and up. You may join one session for $20 or both for $30. Location: Pictou Academy Gym. Dates: TBA 2022. Must pre-register at 902-485-4372. More sessions to follow.

Art Sessions with Chronically Creative
Come Paint a step by step painting with Elisa Rutledge from Chronically Creative from start to finish. I’ll guide you through an acrylic painting and have lots of fun while we are doing it! October 5, Oct 20, November 24, and December 15 from 4:30-6pm.  Cost per class is $10.

Stenciling Workshops with Wanda Gray
Join in on one of our stenciling workshops and learn techniques and styles creating themed wood signs. Stenciling is easy as it is fun and inspires a feeling of creative satisfaction.  All materials supplied and you will take your art piece home with you. Dates: October 14 and November 18, 6-8pm  Cost: $40 per class. 

Walk and Roll Program
Pictou Recreation and Parks in partnership with the Nova Scotia Health Authority will be offering a Walk N Roll Program this winter. It is designed for those with mobility challenges. We welcome people of all mobility levels - bring any walking aid that you have, such as canes or walkers. If you have a 4 wheeled walker bring it with you. If you don’t have one, there are some wheeled walkers available on site for you to try.

Our goal is to increase your walking endurance, heart health and independence. Your goal is to enjoy companionship and music while improving your fitness level. Originally developed by Wendy-Lee Hamilton, Seniors LINCS Physiotherapist. It will take place once a week in Pictou and it’s FREE ! For more information call 902-485-4372. The program will start on December 7, and will run weekly on Tuesdays at 1pm at the Pictou Legion.
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Tennis Membership 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 

Drop In Programs 

Floor Hockey

Every Tuesdays 6:30pm at the Scotsburn School. Safety protocols in place. Cost: $2 per day. Start date: Ongoing

Adult Badminton Club 

Every Tuesday throughout the school year at the McCulloch Education Centre gym.
7:00-9:00 pm    Cost:$2/night.  Bring your own racket.

Adult Pickleball

Every Thursday evening at 6:30pm at McCulloch Education Centre gym. Cost: $2.00/night. 


Adventure Daypacks

Discover, Learn, Play with an Adventure Daypack. A backpack full of equipment for exploring the outdoors. Hiking, birding, star and moon gazing, hiking books, scavenger hunts and more. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks to book at 902-485-4372.

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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.



Pictou County offers a loan program for recreational equipment available by the various municipal units throughout the county.  If there is a piece of equipment that you would enjoy, simply fill out the survey and the appropriate person will be in contact with you. Follow this link to book your equipment today <HERE>

For a complete listing of equipment that Pictou Recreation and Parks has visit this link: <HERE>

Looking for ideas? 
A kit bag full of outdoor recreation equipment for entertaining family and friends, canoe, paddleboards, kayaks, bikes, snow shoes, nordic walking poles, sport wheel chairs, washer toss games, floor hockey equipment, tennis rackets, rollar blades, flag football and baseball kit with bats, helmets, catchers equipment, and balls. 

Discover our PLAY BOX, new in Veterans Drive Playground; a box of outdoor games and fun that you can use at your own leisure. Fun for families, friends and on your own!






That you can sign out the following bike equipment from the Pictou Library: bike locks, tire pump, allen-key tune up kit. Also available are Play Pack's - packs available full of books and play equipment to borrow free with your library card. Drop by the Pictou Library to sign out.

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APC logoActive Pictou County

The purpose of this cooperative partnership amongst four 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