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The Town of Amherst's Physical Activity Strategy outlines our plan to become the most healthy, active community in Nova Scotia. Our Active Living Co-ordinator ensures there are plenty of opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities to be physically active and works to give our community opportunitites to participate. Keep up with all the activities happening with the Town and in our community on our Facebook page.



The Town of Amherst recognized its athletes during our annual Athletic Achievers ceremony. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2022 ceremony was a virtual one.


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The indoor walking track at the Amherst Stadium is a great way to stay active all year round! During the summer. the walking track is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

We encourage daily walking with walking challenges. Destinations can be across country or somewhere warm like Mexico or Hawaii. During each day of a challenge, walkers count the number of laps they walk each day and add them to the overall tally, trying to reach the goal before the deadline. We’ve walked more than 2,000 in just one week, walking coast to coast without leaving Amherst!   





The Town of Amherst is proud to offer recreation equipment available for lending completely free of charge, helping make play accessible to everyone!  Move more, sit less, while supporting active healthy Amherst! To inquire, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-667-6500.

Equipment Available for Lending

  • Snowshoes
  • Hiking Poles
  • Ice cleats
  • Ice skates
  • Ice helmets
  • Tennis racquet
  • Pickleball racquet
  • Washer toss set
  • Equipment kits
  • NOTE: Equipment is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.



Public skating is offered FREE as part of the Town of Amherst’s Physical Activity Strategy supporting active healthy Amherst. Skating sessions offered include Adult & Senior, Parents & Tots, Public Skating and After the Bell Skating. After the Bell Skating encourages youth to be active after school with Hockey and Ringette shinny options. Ringette sticks are provided. For a full skating schedule check the Amherst Stadium Calendar. 


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Our program leaders offer fun family first activities and events during the summer months. From outdoor yoga, swimming, walking tours, and trail walks to tennis, tie dye, pickleball, and park days, there’s something for everyone!  



The Town of Amherst is proud to financially support a Swim Program in partnership with the YMCA of Cumberland. During the summer months, youth can take lessons and learn to swim at the YMCA for a very low fee. Recreational FREE swims are offered during the summer and also throughout the year sponsored by the TOA, supporting an active healthy community.




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Amherst summer programming in partnership with Amherst Police Department is hosting a 4 on 4 ball hockey league this summer Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 5 to August 4 at the Amherst Stadium. Participants are required to wear a hockey helmet with a cage and gloves and bring their own stick. Participants will be physically active for one hour each session learning hockey skills and playing the game. Teams will be made after registration. If you require assistance with equipment, please contact Allison at 902-694-0529.

Four age groups:
U9, born 2013 & 2014           9 – 10 a.m.
U11, born 2011 & 2012         10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
U13, born 2009 & 2010        11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
U15, born 2007 & 2008        12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Registration is now open and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. The registration form link is available here. Hard copies available at Amherst Town Hall, 98 Victoria St. and the Amherst Stadium, 185 Church St. Forms can be dropped off to Amherst Town Hall, 98 Victoria St. or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information contact Allison at 902-694-0529. 


Learn 2 Lead is a series of workshops organized by Cumberland municipalities (Cumberland County, Amherst, Oxford) to offer residents opportunities to train locally. The goal is to provide additional training to leaders in our communities - volunteers, coaches and leaders of all backgrounds.


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Let’s live well together! Living Well is a program designed for older adults to keep them moving while providing wellness opportunities offered by the Town of Amherst in partnership with the YMCA of Cumberland. Each week participants perform 30 minutes of activity, either a walking circuit or chair yoga, followed by a social healthy snack break and a different health & wellness topic speaker.

The current program ended on Feb. 23.  



Children in grades primary and one participate in nine sports over nine months, including basketball, figure skating, curling, cheer, tae kwon-do, swimming, run jump throw, soccer, and baseball. The program builds overall skills and ability and encourages lifelong enjoyment in sport. Click here to go to the Amherst Cumberland Multisport Facebook page.

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Girls At Bat is a baseball for development initiative designed to help girls across the county set lofty goals and pursue them with tenacity. In the program, baseball is used as a tool to enhance social and emotional skills of athletes, focusing on the four primary goals of increased connection, courage, leadership and love of sport.