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.
Guided Snowshoe Hike
February 18th, 10am-12:00pm
Enjoy our beautiful Jitney Trail this winter on a snowshoe hike. Where to meet: take Brown's Point Road in Pictou to the trailhead and parking. The group will meet at the gate at 10am. This is an easy and level hiking trail, good for a family or if you are new to snowshoeing. Snowshoes can be provided or if you have your own please bring them. Please call Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372 if you may need snowshoes. If there is no snow we will go for a trail hike. This event is FREE ! Please register for this event at 902-485-4372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brought to you by Pictou Recreation and parks and Cape 2 Cape.
For other guided snowshoe hikes around Pictou County and the province visit www.hikenovascotia.ca.
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 7th 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 15th 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 (8 week sessions / ongoing through the spring)
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 Wednesday; new session beginning January 9th at the Pictou New Horizons Club at 11 am. Cost: $50. This program was made possible through our partner 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.
Starting January, every Tuesday at 1pm at the Pictou Legion, drop in. Find out more about Walk N Roll at www.walk-n-roll.ca.
Women On Wheels (weekly, will begin again in the SPRING 2019)
If you’re curious about cycling or want to go on rides with a group, join a women’s cycle group. For BEGINNERS or the EXPERIENCED cyclist, drop in for our info session. Relax after work and meet other women who are interested in cycling, enjoy health smart snacks and listen to an informative session about cycling topics such as: simple bike maintenance, change a tire; find the best bike and gear to suit your needs and more. Guest speakers.
All ages welcome.
Every Friday at 10:00am LOCATION: Pictou Library
Call Pictou Recreation and Parks to register at 902-485-4372.
Youth Floor Hockey (ongoing until June)
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 2nd, 1-3pm Location: PA Gym Cost: $2.00 drop in
Self Defense Class for Girls with Kelli Cruikshank
This Program is intended to educate, promote awareness, build self-esteem and give young 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. Call for details and to register at 902-485-4372. Date: Saturday, February 16th, 10-12:30 pm, Pictou Academy Gym. Cost: $10.00
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 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 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
Adult Badminton Club
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
Every Sunday 2-4pm and Tuesdays 8-10pm at the Pictou Academy Gym
2:00-4:00 pm Cost: $2/day
Open Skates and Swims
FREE Swims at the Fisheries Training Pool
FREE Swims at the pool beginning in January; made possible through funding from the Province of NS, Communities, Culture and Heritage. For further info call 485-5301.
FREE Skating at the Hector Arena
Watch for details on FREE Skates at the Hector Arena beginning in the fall; Sundays 9:15-10:30 am. The "I Love To Skate" program is made possible through funding from Canadian Tire and the Province of NS. For info call 485-5122.
Note: Skating schedules are subject to change without notice due to special events or tournaments. Please call ahead to confirm 485-5122.
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 water craft near a launch ramp please call Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372. Individual units available, annual fee.
EQUIPMENT LEND 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, 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 the six 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: www.activepictoucounty.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.