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It's skating time

Happy October Amherst!

You know what October means – time for skating! 

Afterschool skating will be held at the Amherst Stadium on Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:45 p.m.  to 3:45 p.m. We will also have public skating on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and we are offering lunch time skating on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 1 p.m.

Visit the town's website for a full stadium schedule.Skate 11 B

Please remember CSA-approved helmets are mandatory for public skating.

Our stadium walking track is also open Monday to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

And don’t forget that our outdoor trails are available for you to get out and active in this beautiful fall weather. Please let us know if you see any maintenance issues by contacting us at 902-667-6500 or after hours 902-664-8774.


On Sept. 23, Amherst town council confirmed the appointments of four new members to our Amherst Youth Town Council: Rowan Blanch, Jaya Pardy, Jenna Stewart and Blake Carter. They will now fill an important role as the “official voice for youth.”

The Amherst Youth Town Council acts as an advisory body to town council on those matters within the influence of the Town of Amherst that have an impact on the youth of the town, regardless of their cultural and religious identity, socio-economic background, intellectual and physical abilities, sexuality or gender.

Congratulations to you all!

Council meeting

Our next Amherst town council meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. at town hall. 

Did you know town council meetings are streamed live at https://amherst.ca/live-streamed-meetings.html?

Fibre Arts Festival

The 12th Annual Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival runs from Oct 15-19.

The goal of the festival is to showcase creativity and quality artistry, and to encourage participation for learning and sharing in the realm of fibre arts.

The 2019 workshops and events are now online. There will be so many fabulous opportunities to enjoy and participate in demonstrations, displays, quilt and rug shows, rug hooking, felting and so much more!

 Visit www.fibreartsfestical.com for more information.


With October comes Halloween, and all things scary. We have trick-or-treating for adults with the Spirts Walk in downtown Amherst on Thursday, Oct 24. Visit participating shops to sample “witches brews” from craft breweries and distilleries, tasty treats and magical tricks.  

Plans are also under way for the Great Amherst Scare Fest at the Amherst Centre Mall, so there will be lots of fun for all ages.

The 12th Annual Pumpkins for Poverty will be held at Victoria Square on Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Get a free pumpkin with the donation to the Amherst Food Bank.

Christmas is coming

Next thing you know, it will be November and the countdown to Christmas will begin. The Recreation Department is already counting down until our annual Christmas Light Up and Christmas Parade, happening the weekend of Nov. 15 2019. Our parade theme this year is “Light up the Night Traditional Christmas.” We hope you come out and join us for the special weekend.

What’s happening

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting our free community events listing and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have questions, community events and information to share, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-667-6500.