Programs and Events

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

 Recreation Programs:

Events:

Fundy Female Leadership Network 

The Fundy Female Leadership Network is seeking nominations for the 5th Annual 𝗔𝗖𝗘 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀.* These awards formally recognize and celebrate individuals who demonstrate and support female leadership – through 𝘼𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣, 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙛𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙀𝙢𝙥𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 – in sport, recreation, and physical activity within the Fundy region.

𝗘𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗖𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗮
• The nominee will have demonstrated evidence of leadership and commitment to improving gender equity within the sport, recreation, or physical activity sector.
• The nominee will have contributed to positive change in programs, policies, and/or practices that built/ continue to build a culture where girls and women are encouraged and supported to participate meaningfully in sport, recreation, and physical activity.
• The nominee may be a program leader, mentor, coach, official, board member, athlete, volunteer, a driver of change, male or non-binary ally etc.
• The nominee must be living in or supporting females in Colchester, Cumberland, or East Hants county.
• The contributions that the nominee is recognized for must be on a volunteer basis, not through a vocational position within sport and recreation.

𝗗𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 & 𝗦𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗗𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘀
To nominate someone for an ACE Award, please complete this Google form by Friday, December 6, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

If you are unable to fill out the Google form but would like to nominate someone in your community for an ACE Award, 𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙘𝙩:

Abby Brothers
Regional Physical Activity Consultant / FFLN Celebration’s Lead
| 902-899-6548

 

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 and "Mister Stanfield" by Anna Fullerton
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 

Spring Programs

 Check back in spring 2022.

 

Summer Programs

 Check back in summer 2022.
 
 Summer Kickoff Activity Guide

The Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture Department has created this activity guide that will help you kickoff Summer by getting outside, being active and celebrating.

  pdf Summer Kickoff Activity Guide (1.18 MB)

 

  Fall Programs

Commencing 4 October 2021, we will be requesting to see proof of vaccination from anyone (12 years and above) attending one of our programs or entering our facilites

 



Fall Sportball  

Eight weeks, eights sports, all in one location! Let your littles try out soccer, baseball, basketball, football, hockey, volleyball, golf, and tennis all under one roof.

Dates: 
- Sundays: Class dates: Oct 17, 24, 31; Nov 14, 21, 28; Dec 5, 12
- Thursdays: Class dates: Oct 21, 28; Nov 4, 18, 25; Dec 2, 9, 16

 





Pickleball 

These drop-in pickleball programs allow for unstructured scrimmage play.

Location: Douglas St Recreation Centre
Dates: October 12 – Dec 23, 2021
- Tuesday’s – Non-Competitive free play.
- Wednesday’s – Beginners.
Times: 12:00-1:30pm
Fee: No cost to participate
Notes: Drop-in program, no pre-registration required. No instruction provided. We do have some equipment on hand, but players can bring their own. Proof of double vaccination is required.

 

P-6 Open Gym

Our drop-off, open gym time is for students in grades primary - 6. This is a drop-in, unstructured activity time, supervised by Town of Truro staff, where the gymnasium is available for children to play sports or just burn off some energy!

Location: Truro Elementary School
Dates: Tuesday's (Nov 2 - Dec 21, 2021)
Times: 6:30-8:30pm
Fee: No cost to participate
Notes: Drop-in program, no pre-registration required. 

 

Parent & Tot Open Gym

Join us in this physical play time created especially for families! Toddlers have the opportunity to explore various sports equipment and other toys while playing with their parents/guardians; a great way to stimulate mental and physical growth.

Location: Douglas St Recreation Centre
Dates: Monday’s & Thursday’s (Nov 15 - Dec 23, 2021)
Times: 10:00am-12:00pm
Fee: No cost to participate
Notes: Drop-in program, no pre-registration required. Proof of double vaccination is required.

 

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Adult Badminton

This 1/2 gym, drop-in adult badminton program is supervised by Town of Truro staff, and allows for unstructured scrimmage play for those 17 years of age and older.

Location: Truro Middle School
Dates: Wednesday's (Nov 3 - Dec 15, 2021)
Times: 7:30-9:00pm
Fee: No cost to participate
Notes: Drop-in program, no pre-registration required. We do have some equipment on hand, but players can bring their own. Proof of double vaccination is required.

 

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Adult Basketball

This drop-in adult basketball program is supervised by Town of Truro staff, and allows for unstructured 1/2 court scrimmage play for those 17 years of age and older.

Location: Truro Middle School
Dates: Wednesday's (Nov 3 - Dec 15, 2021)
Times: 7:30-9:00pm
Fee: No cost to participate
Notes: Drop-in program, no pre-registration required. We do have some equipment on hand, but players can bring their own. Proof of double vaccination is required.

 

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Public Skates

Location: Colchester Legion Stadium
Fee: No cost to participate

Monday
1:00-2:00 - Parent and Tot
2:00-3:00 - Adult

Tuesday
10:00-11:30 – Adult

Thursday
9:30-10:30 – Adult
10:30-11:30 - Parent and Tot

Friday
1:15-2:30 – Adult
6:00-7:00 - Junior Pleasure – must register

 

 Winter Programs

Commencing 4 October 2021, we will be requesting to see proof of vaccination from anyone (12 years and above) attending one of our programs or entering our facilites



Winter Sportball - Multisport

Eight weeks, eights sports, all in one location! Let your littles try out soccer, baseball, basketball, football, hockey, volleyball, golf, and tennis all under one roof.

Location: Douglas St Recreation Centre
Dates: 
- Sundays: Class dates: Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 27, Mar 6.   --  No class Feb 20th.
- Thursdays: Class dates: Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, Mar 6, 10.   --  No class Feb 24th.

Register now: 

 

 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

Winter Equipment
To help make play and healthy living accessible to everyone, we are proud to offer cross country skis and snowshoes to help you get out and get active! The equipment is available to borrow—completely free of charge.
*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.

* Pick up/Return
- Pickup Thursday's between 9:00am-4:00 pm, Return Monday's between 9:00am-4:00pm
- Pickup Friday's between 9:00am-4:00 pm, Return Tuesday's between 9:00am-4:00pm
We also have the following equipment available. Please contact 902-893-6078 for more information.
- Sledges: We have sizes ranging from children's to adult.
- Snowcoaches: One size fits most.
- Skates: We have sizes ranging from children's to adult, available to be borrowed from the Colchester-East Hants Public LibrarySummer Equipment
 
Summer Equipment
To help make play and healthy living accessible to everyone, we are proud to offer equipment to help you get out and get active! The equipment is available to borrow—completely free of charge. We have the following equipment available:
- Washer Toss
- Bocce Ball
- Yard Jenga
- Lawn Checkers
- Lawn Chess
- Parachute
- Small Pylons
- Flag Rugby
- Ladder Ball
- Giant Badminton Rackets x 2
- Frisbees
- Flying Ring Golf 
 
Adaptive Recreation Equipment 
The Adaptive Recreation Equipment Loan Program is a resource for those who experience physical challenges and/or individuals who would benefit from its use. This equipment provides opportunities to borrow a variety of equipment to experience new leisure pursuits. If you are 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. We have the following equipment available:

- Hippocampe (child and adult)
- Duet-Cycle
- Sledges
- Snowcoaches
- Tomato Seats
- Skate Helper Skate Aids (available while using Colchester Legion Stadium) 
 

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. For more information click here
 

Winter Long John Festival

 As COVID – 19 regulations did not allow us to host our typical Truro Winter Long John Festival events and activities, we took the month of February to challenge residents and their households to get out and get active to help with their physical and mental health in 2021. 
 

Easter Egg Hunt

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 2021 Volunteer Awards Nomination Form (132 KB)

 

The Skyler Blackie Fit to Be a Hero ChallengeFullLogo 

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 took place in picturesque Victoria Park. This race incorporates the historic landscape of the Park, including Jacob's Ladder. For more info, click here.

 

Canada Parks Day CelebrationParksDay

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. 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.

 

Victoria Park Summer Concert SeriesConcertInVicPark

 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.

 

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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We remain committed to ensuring the safety for all participants, staff and families involved in our events. We are following the advice of Public Health Officials; therefore New Year's Eve on the Town is cancelled.

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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