The following Programs and Events are hosted annually (see our Events Calendar here) by the Town of Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture Department:
- Art Acquisition Program
- Community Recreation Nights
- Day Camps
- Summer Drop in Progams
- Sledge Hockey
- Equipment Loans Program
- Adaptive Recreation Equipment Loan Program
- King St Community Gardens
- Winter Long John Festival
- Easter Egg Hunt
- VP Challenge
- Canada Parks Day Celebration
- Movie Nights in Victoria Park
- Sunday in the Park Concert Series
- Riverfront Park Summer Concert Series
- EMBRACE Truro Festival
- New Year's Eve on the Town
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.
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
Four nights a week, the Town of Truro offers free drop in programs that are open to all residents. These programs follow the calendar of the school they are located in, so if the school is closed for any reason, the recreational activity will be cancelled.
Here is the 2017-2018 schedule:
- Adult Co-Ed Recreational Basketball from 7:30 - 9:00 pm at Truro Elementary School
- Pickleball from 12:30 - 2:30 pm at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
- Pickleball from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
- Children's Open Gym from 6:00 - 7:00 pm at Truro Junior High School
- Adult Recreational Badminton from 7:15 - 9:00 pm at Truro Junior High School
- Recreational Badminton: 7:30 - 9:00 pm at Truro Elementary School
- Adult Recreational Ball Hockey: 7:30 - 9:00 pm at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
- Pickleball from 12:00 - 2:00 pm at Douglas Street Recreation Centre
Summer Day Camps
- Preschool Camps (½ day) - Games, crafts, songs, and special themes will give your preschooler lots of adventures. Our well-trained leaders organize imaginative and interesting activities where learning and socialization are enhanced. Cost- $10/day or $50/week.
- Multi-Sport Camp- Very active weeks for school aged children with a focus on introducing children to unique sports! These camps will also feature access to the Victoria Park swimming pool for both water-based sports and leisure time. These camps will primarily involve introducing your children to new sports such as Archery, Rock Wall Climbing, Disc Golf, Lacrosse, Sledge Hockey and more! There will be a secondary focus on traditional sports such as Floor Hockey, Baseball, Soccer and Basketball! Cost- $125.00/week or $30.00/day.
- Swim at Camp - 2-week camp! An opportunity for your child to learn and develop swimming skills while also enjoying the daily camp activities! Children will work towards earning a new badge while working with our well-trained swimming instructors. Cost- $275.00 for 2 weeks.
- Outdoor Explorers - Join us for a week full of outdoor adventures! This camp engages participants by providing a dynamic environment to learn, observe and discover the outdoors! Campers will take part in a leisure swim and a variety of active camp games every day. Cost- $120.00/week or $25.00/day.
For more information, click here
March Break Day Camps
- Preschool Camps (½ day) - A fantastic week of exciting games, incredible adventures, imaginative stories, silly puppets and messy play. We will whip up weird creatures, create nifty crafts, play dress-up and pretend, giggle and laugh. Most of all, we will have a blast! If you have children that are 3-5 years old, don’t let them miss this March Break adventure!
$10.00 per day or $45.00 for the week.
We will be spending a lot of our time outdoors so please be sure to dress your child appropriately. Children should arrive with indoor and outdoor clothing and they should have a change of clothing.
For more info or to register, please contact Shannon Jarvis at or 902-893-6093.
We will be offering free drop-ins for children this summer from 1-3 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Our summer staff will be there to play/supervise.
- Tuesdays- Stan "Chook" Maxwell Memorial Park for basketball
- Wednesdays- CEC cages for road hockey and basketball
- Thursdays- Victoria Park for soccer baseball
An 8-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
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:
- 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.
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
Village of Bible Hill
67 Pictou Road
Bible Hill, NS B2N 2R9
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.
- 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
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.
The 2018 Truro Long John Festival runs from February 15th - 19th. 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 time. This year's the participants will participate for The Golden Long John competition and can accumlate points through socail media posts. Gather up the friends and family and participate in winter activities to earn points with the competition. Will you be the winner of the Golden Long John? Link to Facebook Event
Opening Ceremonies will be held at Civic Square Arena on Thursday, February 15th starting at 5;30pm. Join us for entertainment by Paul Randy Mingo, Skating, Horse and Wagon Rides (Courtesty of Downtown Truro Partnership), Refreshments and Speakers! We look forward to kicking off the Long John Festival with you!
Yes we are proceeding with the 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. Join us from 11am to 1;30pm on Saturday, March 24th to participate in the hunt and receive a custom Peace by Chocolate easter egg. Children will also have an opportunity to meet the Downtown Truro Easter Bunny as well as other activities including music by the Mini-Musicians and Air Brush Tattoo stations.
The Truro Nissan Victoria Park (VP) Challenge is a chip timed 5 and 10 kilometre adventure race with challenging obstacles (stairs, wall, mud and tires) as well as a free Kid’s Challenge. Presented by Truro Parks Recreation Culture, the VP Challenge takes place in picturesque Victoria Park each year and incorporates the historic landscape, including Jacob's Ladder. Visit http://vpchallenge.ca/ for more information.
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, families can enjoy live music, bouncy houses, face-painting, balloon animals and more!
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.
Schedule for August 2018
Friday, August 3rd - A Bug's Life
Friday, August 10th - Mary Poppins
Friday, August 17th - Mulan
Friday, August 24th - Race to Witch Mountain
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 the middle of June 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 the Canada Day, Civic Holiday and Labour Day weekends each summer as well.
Concert Series Schedule
June 10th - CD Release for Witchataw
June 17th - Timeless Music & Jeannie Fraser
June 24th - Alycia Putnam & Family
July 1st - Jim Richards and Rusty Cage
July 8th - Greg Langille and Nikki & Group Unit
July 15th - Bob Prest
July 22nd - Julie Johnstone
July 29th - Gordie Tucker and Ben & Ron and Dianne Obrien
August 5th - Andy Leblanc
August 6th - Tim and Gordie & Free Wheeling
August 12th - Paul Randy Mingo
August 19th - Witchataw
August 26th - Wildside
September 2nd - Jackie Putnam & Beth Terry
September 3rd - Two Shades of Grey & Gary Webb & Double Vision
For four consecutive Friday nights in July, residents can enjoy live, outdoor entertainment during Truro Parks Recreation and Culture's Riverfront Park Concert Series. 2016 marked the fifth year for this series, which attracts hundreds of people of all ages to Riverfront Park at the corner of Walker and Bayview Streets in downtown Truro The concerts are free and are held from 7:00 to 8:00 pm every Friday in July.
Schedule for July 2018
Friday, July 6th - She & I - Craig and Mandy MacEachern
Friday, July 13th - Route 102
Friday, July 20th - The McCready Brothers
Friday, July 27th - Julie Johnstone
EMBRACE Truro - a celebration of Truro's diversity and culture - is a free weekend of entertainment and family-friendly activities that takes place each year on the front lawn of the Truro Farmers Market 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 Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee.
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.
Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture Department
40 Douglas Street
Truro, Nova Scotia
Canada B2N 2E7
Tel: (902) 893-6078
Fax: (902) 893-6099