Programs and Events
The following Programs and Events are hosted annually by the Town of Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture Department:
- Art Acquisition Program
- Community Recreation
- Summer Programs
- Sledge Hockey
- Equipment Loans Program
- Adaptive Recreation Equipment Loan Program
- King St Community Gardens
- Winter Long John Festival
- Easter Egg Hunt
- Volunteer Awards
- VP Challenge
- Canada Parks Day Celebration
- Movie Nights in Victoria Park
- Sunday in the Park 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.
pdf Art Acquisition Application 2020 (243 KB) - POSTPONED
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
Free drop in programs that are open to all residents. Fall / Winter Schedule TBD
Stay tuned for summer 2021!
PICKLEBALL - All classes are held at the Douglas St Recreation Centre. You must pre-register with Shannon Jarvis (, 902-893-6093). You can sign up for as many sessions as you want, names will be taken on a first, come, first serve basis.
- Tuesday 11:00am - 11:45am
- Tuesday 12:00pm - 12:45pm
- Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:45pm
- Wednesday 11:00am - 11:45am
- Wednesday 12:00pm - 12:45pm
- Wednesday 1:00pm - 1:45pm
- Thursday 11:00am - 11:45am
- Thursday 12:00pm - 12:45pm
- Thursday 1:00pm - 1:45pm
SPORTBALL - Multi-Sport classes keep children moving and engaged and send them home with new skills from a different sport each class. These well-rounded classes provide an amazing foundation for a lifetime of active living bundling soccer, baseball, basketball, football, hockey, volleyball, golf and tennis into one comprehensive package. That’s eight sports per season for one registration! https://form.jotform.com/210594319592259
Saturday schedule (Apr 10th - June 5th)
Apr 10, 17, 25
May 1, 8, 15, 29 -- No class May 22nd
- AGE: 16-24mo, 9:00-9:45am (Parent & child)
- AGE: 2-3yrs, 10:00-10:45am (Parent & child)
- AGE: 3-5yrs, 11:00am-12:00pm (Drop off)
- AGE: 6-8yrs, 12:15-1:15pm (Drop off)
Thursday schedule (Apr 15th - Jun 10th)
Apr 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20 -- No class May 27th
Jun 3, 10
- AGE: 2-3yrs, 4:30-5:15PM (Parent & child)
- AGE: 3-5yrs, 5:30-6:30PM (Drop off)
- AGE: 6-8yrs, 6:45-7:45PM (Drop off)
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
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
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 Library
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
- Skipping Ropes
- Small Pylons
- Flag Rugby
- Ladder Ball
- Giant Badminton Rackets
- Ring Toss
- 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)
- Tomato Seats
- Skate Helper Skate Aids (available while using Colchester Legion Stadium)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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; all community events are cancelled until further notice.
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.
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.
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 - 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!
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; New Year's Eve on the Town is cancelled.
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.
Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture Department
40 Douglas Street
Truro, Nova Scotia
Canada B2N 2E7
Tel: (902) 893-6078
Fax: (902) 893-6099