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Preparing for greener days ahead

Even though the ground is white and plants are dormant, we know there are many gardeners out there who are looking forward to the greener days ahead.

Whether you are anxiously flipping through your seed catalogues, pinning gardening ideas on Pinterest or planning your gardens on paper, a gardener’s mind is never truly dormant, regardless of temperature or weather.

Taking the time to plan what you are going to grow and what you will need in order to create a beautiful and bountiful garden this growing season is an absolute must for gardening success.

Why not try growing something this year that you have never tried before? Try adding a new vegetable to your vegetable garden or a fruit tree to your property. Not only will this provide you and your family with a healthy and affordable food resource, it is also a great way to learn through doing and staying active close to home.

Stay warm and get active outside

The cold days of winter are here and bundling up is a definite must. But, why not take advantage of winter this year and the many great opportunities available to you throughout the town, such as a stroll along the Big Block Walk downtown or skating on ‘A’ Place to Play outdoor skating surface, which is open daily, weather permitting on the corner of Victoria Street and Maple Avenue. Volunteers are always welcome to bring a shovel for clearing the ice surface when needed.Skating 2 B

Did you know the Four Fathers Memorial Library, YMCA and the Amherst Stadium Recreation office offer snowshoes FREE of charge for daily and weekend use? Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the outdoors on top of the snow throughout our many parks and walking trails.

Don’t forget to include your four-legged friends in winter activities as well. They can get active at our off-leash dog park located in Dickey Park at 132 East Pleasant St.

Activities at the stadium 

This is always a busy time of year at the Amherst Stadium, whether on the walking track or on the ice. Below are some activities you may wish to participate in.

  • Adult/Senior skating: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Parents and Tots skating: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • After School Skate/Shinny: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
  • Sensory Friendly Skate: Monday – 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.  

Looking for a way to stay active on your lunch? Come out on Thursday and Friday for an open ice skate from noon to 1 p.m. CSA-approved ice helmets are required when on the ice. They can be borrowed from the stadium office. 

Recreational skating is offered at the Amherst Stadium, free of charge, as part of the Town of Amherst’s physical activity strategy. Please see the stadium calendar on the Town of Amherst website or follow us on the Amherst Recreation Facebook page for updates and details on more of what’s going on at the stadium.

Winter carnival is coming!

The Town of Amherst is seeking partners to participate in our winter carnival, which takes place February 11-17. We are encouraging all to join us in celebrating heart,Chilii 2 B culture and play. Activities that will be returning to the schedule this year include the Winter Carnival outdoor Family Skate, Chili Challenge, Outdoor Play Day, swimming and more.

On Friday, Feb. 14, as part of Winter Carnival, come on out and enjoy a night of laughs as mentalist Kevin Robart provides an evening of entertainment you won’t soon forget.

Get up close and personal while experiencing first-hand what it is like to have someone get into your mind. Prepare to be AMAZED!!

Tickets are $15. They are available at the Amherst Stadium, town hall or Eventbrite.ca.

This event is for those 19 years of age and older. A cash bar will be available onsite. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

If you or your organization would like to be part of the Winter Carnival and you have an event or activity you would like to add to the schedule, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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

  • Jan. 24: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. – Youth Friday Fun Night – YMCA 
  • Jan. 24: 7 p.m. – Amherst Ramblers vs. Pictou County Crushers – Amherst Stadium
  • Jan. 25: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. – Cumberland County 4-H Tour Breakfast – Amherst Lions Club
  • Feb. 11-17 – Amherst Winter Carnival