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Lots to do as the days grow chillier

With a few frosts behind us and more soon to come, the leaves are slowly beginning to fall and the flowers are quickly fading.

 Fall provides us with the perfect temperatures for working outside in the garden, prepping our beds for a long winter’s rest. If you haven’t had the chance to get your bulbs planted, please don’t fret, you still have plenty of time to get your spring bulbs in the ground before the deep frost sets in.

 Stay active as the days grow colder

Stay warm and active by getting out and enjoying our many walking trails and walking tracks throughout Amherst. Finding it a bit too chilly for walks outside? We invite you to come walk inside the Amherst Stadium on the walking track. Open daily, its nice even surface provides ease of mobility for all.

 Did you know that we now have a skate lending program, as part of the equipment lending program at the Amherst Stadium that helps us reduce barriers and get more people active?

Come enjoy the free public skating at the Amherst Stadium, and please take note that wearing a CSA-approved helmet is mandatory for all skaters during public skating, as per the town’s Ice-Skating Helmet Policy that went into effect in August 2018. 

Helmets are also available as part of the equipment lending program.

For skate times, please see the Amherst Stadium schedule.

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On Monday, Nov. 11, at 11:00 a.m., the annual Remembrance Day ceremony will take place at the cenotaph in Victoria Square.

Please join us for a moment of silence as we remember all those brave men and women who fought, and continue to fight, so that we may have the freedom we are so truly blessed with today.

Getting into the Holiday Spirit

Come join us for our annual Light Up for the holidays, which takes place on Friday, Nov. 15 from 6-7 p.m. in Victoria Square. Following the light up, the ARHS Band will grace us with their talent by performing musical pieces at the First Baptist Church that are sure to get us all into the holiday spirit. Come join in and sing along.

The following day - Saturday, Nov. 16 - will see the annual Amherst Christmas Parade take place at 6 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “Light Up the Night Traditional Christmas.”

If you are interested in putting an entry into the Christmas parade, applications may be picked up at the Amherst Stadium or town hall. Applications can also be found online at https://amherst.ca/submit-a-request-form.html.

Following the parade, there will be an awards ceremony held at the Amherst Centre Mall.

Tree for Boston

We will be graced once again with a visit from the Tree for Boston on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Amherst Superstore.tree 9 B

This is the tree’s last Nova Scotia stop as it heads for its destination in the Boston Common.

This annual tradition, where Nova Scotia has donated a large Christmas tree to the City of Boston, has taken place since 1971. It is done in thanks and remembrance for the help received from the Boston Red Cross and the Massachusetts Public Safety Committee that was provided immediately after the 1917 Halifax Explosion.

Come help us bid farewell to Nova Scotia to the Tree for Boston.

What’s happening

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting amherst.ca for 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 902-667-3352.

Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst:

  • Thursday, Oct. 31 – 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Trunk or Treat – Amherst Wesleyan Church
  • Friday, Nov. 1 – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Symphony Nova Scotia Concert – Trinity St.- Stephen’s United Church
  • Monday, Nov. 4 – 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Adult Sport Social – West Highlands School
  • Thursday, Nov. 7– 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Youth Drop In – YMCA
  • Sunday, Nov. 10 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Celebrate your True Self – Hatha Yoga Room