Programs and Events

The following Programs and Events are hosted annually by the Town of Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture Department: 

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Recreation Programs:

Events:

Art Acquisition Program

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The Town of Truro launched its Art Acquisition Program in 2006 in an effort to create and maintain a collection of visual art which reflects the unique historic and artistic development of Truro. Visual artists - be they painters, sculptors, carvers, potters, rug hookers, quilters, photographers and others - are invited to submit an application to display their works to the public at a gallery showing in April each year. One artist will have his or her work selected to be added to the town’s permanent art collection.

pdf Art Acquisition Application 2020 (243 KB)  - POSTPONED

 

Past Winners: 

2007: "Victoria Park" by Deanna A. Boucher 2008: "Can't You Hear the Whistle Blow" by Lorinda Antonello Regan
2009: “Spring Garden” by Holly Lennox
2010: “Willena Beatrice Jones” by Janice Guinan 2011: “View Toward Onslow” by Richard Wenzel
2012: “The First Obstacle” by Jo-Ann Shaw
2013: “Winter Light” by Pamela Swainson
2014: “Old Truro Train Station (circa 1928)” by Diane Redden
2015: “Call to Duty” by Janice Stewart
2016: “Dusk on Esplanade” by Ron Hazell
2017: “Moon over Marsh” by Christene Sandeson and “A Canada Story” by Alison Fielding
2018: "First United Church" by Jen Power
2019: "Come Together" by Rob MacCormack and Pamela Sutherland

 

Community Recreation

Free drop in programs that are open to all residents. These programs follow the calendar of the school they are located in; if the school is closed for any reason, the recreational activity will be cancelled.

Here is the 2019-2020 schedule:

We remain committed to ensuring the safety for all participants, staff and families involved in our recreation programming. We are following the advice of Public Health Officials; all recreation programs are cancelled until further notice.

Mondays:

  • Adult Indoor Walking - 8:30-10:00am at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
  • Parent & Tot Open Gym - 10:00-11:30am at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
  • Pickleball - 12:00-2:00pm at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
  • Preschool Skating - 1:00-2:00pm – Colchester Legion Stadium
  • Seniors Skating - 2:00-3:00pm – Colchester Legion Stadium

Tuesdays:

  • Adult Indoor Walking from 8:30-10:00am at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
  • Adult Skating - 10:00-11:30am – Colchester Legion Stadium
  • Pickleball - 11:00-2:00pm at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
  • Pickleball - 7:00-9:00pm at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
  • Elementary Children/ Family Open Gym - 6:00-7:30pm Truro Elementary School

Wednesdays:

  • Adult Indoor Walking - 8:30-10:00am at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
  • Parent & Tot Open Gym - 10:00-11:30am at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
  • Beginner Pickleball - 12:00-2:00pm at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
  • Adult Basketball - 7:30-9:00pm at Truro Junior High School

Thursdays:

  • Adult Indoor Walking - 8:30-10:00am at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
  • Seniors Skating - 9:30-10:30am – Colchester Legion Stadium
  • Pre-school Skating - 10:30-11:30am – Colchester Legion Stadium
  • Pickleball - 11:00-2:00pm at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
  • Recreational Badminton - 7:30-9:00pm at Truro Elementary School
  • Competitive Pickleball - 7:30- 9:00pm at Douglas Street Recreation Centre

Fridays:

  • Adult Indoor Walking - 8:30-10:00am at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
  • Parent & Tot Open Gym - 10:00-11:30am at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
  • Pickleball - 12:00-2:00pm at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
  • Adult Skating - 1:15-2:30pm – Colchester Legion Stadium

Summer Programs

Summer Day Camps

Check back in summer 2020.

 

 Fall Programs

  • Check back in fall 2020.

 Winter Programs

  • More TBA
  • Women's Self-Defense (10 weeks) Jan 20 - Mar 30, Monday's, 7:00-8:30pm, $50.00
  • Sportball 2-3 years (9 weeks) Jan 5 - Mar 8, Sunday's, 10:00-10:45am, $122.00
  • Sportball 3-5 years (9 weeks) Jan 5 - Mar 8, Sunday's, 11:00-12:00am, $122.00
  • Sportball 6-8 years (9 weeks) Jan 5 - Mar 8, Sunday's, 12:00-1:00pm, $122.00
  • Sportball 3-5 years (9 weeks) Jan 9 - Mar 12, Thursday's, 5:30-6:30pm, $122.00

 Spring Programs

We remain committed to ensuring the safety for all participants, staff and families involved in our recreation programming. We are following the advice of Public Health Officials; all recreation programs are cancelled until further notice.

 Sportball - Multisport

Day Start Time End Time Age Start Date End Date Weeks     Price
Sun 9:00am 9:45am 16-24 mths 29-Mar-20 21-Jun-20   11 $  148.50
Sun 10:00am 10:45am 2-3yrs 29-Mar-20 21-Jun-20   11 $  148.50
Sun 11:00am 12:00pm 3-4yrs 29-Mar-20 21-Jun-20   11 $  148.50
Sun 12:00pm 1:00pm 5-7yrs 29-Mar-20 21-Jun-20   11 $  148.50
Thu 4:45pm 5:30pm 2-3yrs 2-Apr-20 25-Jun-20   11 $  148.50
Thu 5:30pm 6:30pm 3-4yrs 2-Apr-20 25-Jun-20   11 $  148.50
Thu 6:30pm 7:30pm 5-7yrs 2-Apr-20 25-Jun-20   11 $  148.50

For more info contact Shannon Jarvis,  or 902-893-6093

Learn to Sledge

An 10-week all abilities program. Supported by Easter Seals and the IWK, the program will be guided by qualified instructors to ensure a safe, fun, on-ice recreational experience utilizing games and activities that complement traditional sledge hockey. Participants will improve body strength and fundamental movements, develop stamina and increase their self-esteem!

ALL are welcome, regardless of experience or ability! All that’s needed is a hockey helmet with face cage, clothing sufficient to cover neck and hands, and warm
footwear (boots).

 Funding Opportunities:

  • KidSport

KidSport is a national children's program that helps kids overcome the financial barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sport Managed and operated in Nova Scotia by Sport Nova Scotia since 1994, KidSport Nova Scotia has assisted over 22,000 children totalling over $5 Million. KidSport Nova Scotia provides funding of up to $300/year/child for sport registration and/or equipment.

You can apply online at KidSport or in person at:

Colchester Recreation Services
1 Church St, Truro, NS B2N 3Z5
P: 902.897.3181
F: 902.843.4065
Email:

  • Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a registered charity (#1379 29 451 RR0002) dedicated to removing financial barriers so kids across Canada have the opportunity to get off the sidelines and get into the game.

Jumpstart’s core purpose is to enrich the lives of kids (from 4 to 18) in need through sports and physical activity. We assist with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation Jumpstart helps kids explore a range of options by supporting over 70 different activities. In addition to enabling participation in high-profile sports like hockey, soccer and swimming, Jumpstart helps kids take dance lessons and martial arts classes, play ringette or take part in several dozen other activities. What kids do is up to them; we’re here to help them do it.

You can apply online at Jump Start or in person at:

 

Equipment Loans Program

The Town of Truro offers a loan program for both cross country skis and snowshoes:
  • Classic Cross Country Skis: We have skis, boots, and poles that will fit adults as well as children as small as 60lbs.Skate Skis: We have a very limited quantity of skis and boots.
  • Snowshoes: We have a limited quantity ranging from children's to adult size.
  • Skates: We have sizes ranging from children's to adult.
Both the Municipality of Colchester and the Village of Bible Hill also have a snowshoe loan program:

Colchester Recreation Services
1 Church St, Truro, NS B2N 3Z5
P: 902.897.3181
F: 902.843.4065

Village of Bible Hill
67 Pictou Road
Bible Hill, NS B2N 2R9
P: 902.893.8083

 

Adaptive Recreation Equipment Loan Program

The Adaptive Recreation Equipment Loan Program is a new resource for families of children and youth who have a physical disability and/or individuals who would benefit from its use. This equipment will provide opportunities to borrow a variety of equipment to experience new leisure pursuits.

If your child is interested in borrowing a piece of equipment for the first time, we recommend that you contact Recreation Therapy – Pediatric Rehabilitation at the IWK Health Centre for an initial assessment at (902) 470-3840.

Please note:
  • Equipment is loaned on a first come, first served basis
  • Please book at least a week in advance of use.
  • Borrow for up to 2 weeks at a time.
  • Cost to borrow is only $20 (annual maintenance fund).

Please contact your local recreation department for more information.

Town of Truro: (902) 893-6078
Municipality of Colchester: (902) 897-3155
Municipality of East Hants: (902) 883-3387
Village of Bible Hill: (902) 893-8083
Town of Stewiacke: (902) 639-2231

 

King St Community Gardens

The Town of Truro's Parks, Recreation and Culture, Engineering and Public Works Departments, as well as the Truro Tree Committee have worked hand in hand to produce fifty community garden boxes at the King Street Community Garden. The site also offers large plantings of rhubarb, high bush blueberries, arctic kiwi vine and concord grapes as well as three each of pear, plum and peach trees.

 

Winter Long John Festival

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The 2020 Truro Long John Festival ran from February 14th - 17th.  It is hosted by Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture, which offers an opportunity to get families outside to appreciate what the Town of Truro has to offer in the winter season.  

 

Easter Egg Hunt

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Hundreds of excited children converge on Victoria Park each year to participate in the annual Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture. 

 

 Volunteer Awards

Do you know someone who loves to volunteer? Did you know that the Town and the County partner to celebrate the volunteers in our community. All volunteers and their nominators are invited to attend our ceremony.

To nominate someone, please complete the nomination form and submit it to the Town of Truro or the County of Colchester. The individual's/ groups volunteer commitment can be in any field, i.e. hospital service, schools, library board, coach, recreation, service clubs, etc.

  pdf 2020 Volunteer Awards Nomination Form (411 KB)

Truro Nissan VP Challenge

 We had an amazing 10 year run, but the 5K and 10K portions of the VP Challenge will not occer in 2020. Please see Canada Parks Day Celebration, for more information on the Children's Race. If you are looking to try a new challenge why not try the Skyler Blackie Fit to Be a Hero Challenge?

 

The Skyler Blackie Fit to Be a Hero Challenge

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The Skyler Blackie Fit to Be a Hero Challenge is a chip timed 5 kilometre adventure race with challenging obstacles (stairs, wall, tires, hill, and lots more). The challenge will take place in picturesque Victoria Park each year and incorporates the historic landscape, including Jacob's Ladder. To register, please click here. For more info, click here.

Canada Parks Day Celebration

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In honour of Canada Parks Day and having such a beautiful park in the heart of town, Truro Parks Recreation and Culture hosts a Canada Parks Day Celebration each year in Victoria Park. On the 3rd Saturday of July each year. This year's celebration will be taking place on July 18th, 2020. Stay tuned for more information.

 

Movie Nights in Victoria Park

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Each summer, Truro Parks Recreation and Culture hosts mid-summer Movie Nights in Victoria Park. A popular attraction for locals and tourists alike, the movies are shown on a 20 foot screen at the park's J. Arch Fraser bandshell. Hundreds of people gather each year to take in classic, new and family friendly movies, while enjoying complimentary popcorn and fresh summer air. Movies start at 9:00pm, bring your own chair. Rain location: Douglas St. Recreation Centre.

Please stay tuned for the 2020 schedule.

 

Victoria Park Summer Concert Series

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For ten years, hundreds of people have gathered at the J. Arch Fraser bandshell to enjoy the Sunday in the Park Concert Series, presented by Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture. Each Sunday from July until Labour Day weekend in September, people of all ages enjoy live entertainment from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. There are special concerts scheduled for Labour Day weekend each summer as well.

Please stay tuned for the 2020 schedule.

 

 

EMBRACE Truro Festival

 

EMBRACE Truro - a celebration of Truro's diversity and culture - is a free morning of entertainment and family-friendly activities that takes place each year in Civic Square. EMBRACE, which stands for ‘Everyone Makes a Better, Respectful, Accepting, Creative Environment’, features live performances, demonstrations and activities for the whole family and is sponsored by the Town of Truro’s Diversity Advisory Committee. 

Please note: The Town of Truro has made the difficult decision to cancel the Embrace Festival scheduled for 2020.  Stay tuned for updates on all the exciting ways we plan on celebrating all cultures and traditions throughout the year via social media, cultural displays throughout the Town, and virtual presentations. We look forward to celebrating the Embrace Festival in 2021 with everyone!

 

New Year's Eve on the Town

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The Town of Truro department of Parks, Recreation and Culture hosts an annual New Year's Eve celebration: New Year's Eve on the Town! With family friendly events scheduled at Douglas Street Recreation Centre in the afternoon, followed by an evening skate and live entertainment at the Colchester Legion Stadium, there is something for everyone as Truro rings in the new year each year. The Town of Truro also hosts a New Year’s Day Levee each year in Council Chambers. All events are free of charge and family friendly.

 

Contact Information

Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture Department

40 Douglas Street
Truro, Nova Scotia
Canada B2N 2E7

Tel: (902) 893-6078
Fax: (902) 893-6099
Email:

 

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