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.  



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Programs 2020

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 6th at the Odd Fellows Activity Room. Join in anytime
Time: 9:00-10:00 am                     Cost: $5.75 per class

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; new session beginning January 14th, 7:00-9:00 pm. Fee is $75 and pre-registration is required.  For further info or to register contact the PRP Office at 485-4372.

Chair Yoga with Rachael MacLean (6-week session / ongoing back to back sessions)

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; next session January 10th; at the Pictou New Horizons Club at 11 am. Cost: $45/$35 Club members. This program was made possible in partnership with Pictou New Horizons Club.

Walk N Roll Indoor Walking Group 

The Nova Scotia Health Authority and Pictou Recreation and Parks are excited to start a Walk N Roll Program this fall. 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 4 wheeled walkers available on site for you to try. Our goals are to increase your walking endurance, heart health and independence. Your goal is to enjoy the 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.
Beginning January 7th, every Tuesday at 1pm at the Pictou Legion, drop-in. Find out more about Walk N Roll at


Youth Floor Hockey (ongoing until May)
A drop in and play opportunity for youth to enjoy playing floor hockey in a safe environment. Bring your own stick and protective equipment, nets provided. Ages 10-14 yrs.   Every Saturday, beginning February 1st, 1-3pm Location:   PA Gym        Cost: $2.00 drop-in

Women's Self Defense Class  
This program, designed by Chris Cruikshank, a fifth-degree black belt, is intended to educate, promote awareness, and build self-esteem. Designed to give women the physical and mental tools they need to detect, avoid and escape potentially violent situations. Learn simple, effective physical self-defense techniques, explore verbal self-defense - reasoning, confronting, using surprise, and more.  Women of all abilities welcome. Minimum age 12 years. Call for details and to register. When: February 8, 10:30-12:30pm Location: PA Gym. Call for details at 902-485-4372

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. Location: Pictou Gym. 

February 22, 2020 - Clinic (2-hour session)

May 4, 2020 - 8 Week Program (twice a week) 


Download PDF - Fall and Winter FREE Activities Guide (or nearly free)   Fall-Winter-Activities-FREE.pdf 

For more ideas on self-directed active living opportunities visit this LINK

 Other Active Living Programs Offered by Community Organizations

Modern Line Dance Classes Offered by the Jill MacDonald -Variety of music: Latin, Classic, Country, and Pop, great exercise for body and brain; no registration necessary. Where: Stella Maris Hall, Pictou    When: Mon. 11:00am - 12 noon & Wed. 9:30-10:30am. Classes begin: Monday, January 6th; $1.00 per class  Who: beginners to improvers; all levels welcome.Instructor: Jill MacDonald, call 902-485-1817.

Introduction to Yoga offered by the Pictou Library - 4 weeks beginning Jan 10th, Friday mornings at 10:30am at the Pictou Library call 902-485-5021.

Chair Exercise Program - Gentle exercise, great for seniors, everyone welcome ! Drop in and it’s free….. Every Friday beginning January 17th; 1:00-2:00pm at the Pictou Legion. For more information call Seniors Outreach at 902-752-8400. Brought to you by: Seniors Outreach, Pictou County Seniors Council with funding support through Pictou West Community Health Board and Aberdeen Health Foundation. 

 2020 Promotion Poster 003Tennis 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 7 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  

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. 

Adult Floor Hockey

Throughout the winter, every Sunday 2-4pm and Tuesday at 8-10pm; at the Pictou Academy Gym.    Cost:  $2/day 

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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, 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 the Active Pictou County 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