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Snowshoeing, skating, walking great way to be active

Staying active, even during the winter months is important. 

With fluctuating temperatures, it can be a challenge to make sure you are dressed appropriately and are getting enough daily movement. Having fun with winter activities makes living in a cold climate much more enjoyable.

Taking your dog for a walk, snowshoeing, skating, sledding or building a fort are just a few outdoor activities you can enjoy with friends and family. Dress in layers. Stay warm, safe and dry when exercising in cold weather. 

Snowshoes are available through the Town of Amherst equipment lending program. Venture out on one of our trails, or hike through a field or around an outdoor walking track. Snowshoes can be signed out at the Amherst Stadium, Four Fathers Library or the Cumberland YMCA free of charge.Skating 2 B

The sidewalks making up the Big Block Walk route are cleared as soon as possible after a snowfall, making it safe for citizens to walk. The Big Block Walk route follows Victoria Street to Church Street to Prince Arthur Street to Havelock Street and back to Victoria Street. It is 800 metres in distance. On those messy snow days, you can still get your steps in at the Amherst Stadium indoor walking track, which is open daily. 

 Living Well program

The Living Well program will start in February at the Amherst Stadium. Join us, in partnership with the YMCA, for a FREE, fun-filled, six-week program. We will explore health topics for older adults like nutrition, gardening/outdoors, staying healthy, mental health and more!

A light fitness class will be incorporated into each session. There will also be time to mingle, refreshments and a new guest speaker each week. You won’t want to miss this great opportunity to get out and learn something new! 

The first session is on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, between 10:30 a.m. and noon. It will run each subsequent Wednesday morning at the same time, with the last session held on March 25, 2020. If you would like to register for this program, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

After the Bell Youth Skating

The After the Bell Youth Skating Program at the Amherst Stadium allows students to enjoy free skating, shinny hockey and ringette on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. This program gives youth a fun way to stay active at no cost. 

Skates and helmets are available through the Equipment Lending Program at the stadium, at no charge.  Free recreational skating is part of the Town’s Physical Activity Strategy, which supports an active, healthy Amherst.

Outdoor skating 

Town staff continue to maintain and flood the downtown outdoor ice surface to keep it smooth, weather permitting.

Evening skates feel magical under the decorative lighting at the outdoor ice surface, located at the corner of Victoria Street and Maple Avenue. It’s open until 10 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Volunteers are welcome to bring shovels and clear the surface as needed.Chilii 2 B

We all have to do our part in making Amherst a great place to live, work and play, so please respect the posted guidelines. 

Dig out your skates and gather some friends and family for some fresh air, a few laughs, and fun, while making memories.

Winter Carnival

Planning for the sixth annual Amherst Winter Carnival, which takes place between Feb. 11 and Feb. 17, 2020, has started. The Town of Amherst is seeking partners to participate in the carnival and is encouraging all to join us in celebrating heart, culture and play. 

Popular activities will be returning to the schedule, including an outdoor skating party, Chili Challenge, and swimming. There will also be some new events. If your organization would like to be part of winter carnival and have an event or activity you would like to add to the schedule, please email 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 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 902-667-6500.