The Town of Amherst is a vibrant and energetic place to live, work, and play! Our Recreation Department aims to enhance the quality of life and meet the needs of everyone in our community by providing leisure opportunities for all.

One of the most popular recreational activities for adults is walking and we've got beautiful natural trails throughout town. The Amherst Stadium has an indoor walking track and there are outdoor tracks at Dickey Park, Rotary Centennial Park, and Amherst Lion's Park.

Youth enjoy lots of options for organized sports and competitive team activities, with swimming, hockey, soccer, and basketball ranking at the top. Indoor facilities include the Amherst Stadium with ice surface, the YMCA pool, and school gyms. Outdoor facilities include a skate park, splash pad, baseball park complex, new tennis courts and basketball hoops, and modern playgrounds.

In the heart of downtown Amherst, you'll find Victoria Square, a beautiful gathering space where we host concerts, family movie nights, and community celebrations.

Our Recreation Department continues to develop active living programs, cultural activities, and sport facilities. Check out our Recreation Master Plan Report  to find out how we're working toward becoming the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia!


Communities in Bloom 2018 evaluation

For the first time in several years, the Town of Amherst participated in an evaluation carried out by the Communities in Bloom organization. Click on  CIB 2018 Amherst evaluation  to read the judge's comments.


Booking facilities:  (902) 667-6500 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
After-hours facility contact: (902) 664-8774

Facebook: Amherst Recreation

Facilities Co-ordinator: Corey Crocker
Phone: (902) 694-0001
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Recreation and Cultural Services Policies

  Recreation Master Plan Summary

2016 Amherst Recreation Master Plan

Municipal Physical Activity Strategy

Active Transportation Plan May 2018

Off-Leash Dog Park Pilot Project

Poverty Lives Here Summary Report


Pilot Project: No-Fee Ice Rentals for Youth Programs

Follow the link to see a video on Amherst's No-Fee Ice policy:

Pilot Project 2016-2017 Ice Season

No Fee Ice Presentation