The Town of Amherst's Physical Activity Strategy outlines our plan to become the most healthy, active community in Nova Scotia. Our Physical Activity Coordinator ensures there are plenty of opportunities for residents of all ages to be physically active and works to make the community as healthy and active as possible. Here are some of the many programs we provide:
The indoor walking track at the Amherst Stadium is a great way to stay active all year round! 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!
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.
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, park days, and movie nights 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.