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.  

Programs 2019

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 fall 2019, 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.

Basketball Camp 2019Chair Yoga with Rachael MacLean (6 week session / 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; next session May 15; at the St. Andrews Church Hall at 11 am. Cost: $45. This program was made possible through our partner Pictou New Horizons Club.

Walk N Roll Indoor Walking Group (will begin in the Fall again)

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.
Running until May 14, every Tuesday at 1pm at the Pictou Legion, drop in. Find out more about Walk N Roll at


Mobile Sailing Program
Pictou Recreation and Parks in partnership with Sail Nova Scotia will be offering a sailing program; ages of 8-14 yrs. Two weeks to choose from: July 8-12 or July 15-19. Cost: $150.00 per week; limited space. This program is made possible through the support of NS Communities Culture and Heritage.

St. FX Soccer Camp
Pictou Recreation and Parks in partnership with St. FX Soccer is coming to Pictou! St. FX Soccer Outreach Camps are four-day camps for boys and girls of all skill levels. Players aged 6-16 can enjoy learning proper soccer techniques by highly-qualified coaches in a positive & enjoyable environment. Cost: $150   Date: July 15-18. To register please visit this link:

Stand Up Paddle Board Clinic
Interested in learning the basics of paddle boarding…..register in a clinic this summer. New learners will work on improving balance to provide more confidence in the water. Location: Pictou Waterfront. Date: August 10 or 11; 1 1/2 hour sessions.   Cost: $25/session  This program is made possible through the support of NS Communities Culture and Heritage.

Nordic Walking Group
Pictou Recreation and Parks in partnership with Pictou Library will hold a weekly Nordic Walking Group. Nordic Walking is one of Canada's fastest growing fitness activities. When: every Friday at 10am beginning May 24th. Meet at the Pictou Library; poles and instruction provided.  FREE 


International Tattoo Bus Trip
Have you always wanted to see the Tattoo? Here is your chance, a bus will be leaving Pictou for a matinee show on June 30th. If you are interested, please call 902-485-4372. Cost:  $68 including bus and show tickets. 

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 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 

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Drop-In Programs  

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 

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 water craft 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