Trail Challenge Launching October 1!


Welcome to our THIRD Walk Challenge! We are so excited that you are asking for yet another challenge to keep you walking and make our community happier and healthier!

This challenge is going to work a little differently, and hopefully increase our ability to socialize now that our Covid directives are loosening!

How is this one different?
Well, for starters we won’t be giving prizes to our 1st, 2nd or 3rd participants. We want you to excel and push yourself – don’t get us wrong.. our goal is to encourage everyone, not only our marathoners and super active participants, we want everyone to have a fair chance at winning some prizes! When you register you will have an option in the form to add in friends who you have encouraged to join and both of you (multiple entries count as well) will be entered into a draw for local gift cards! (Local residents*) To clarify, this is still an individual challenge so you will submit only your steps and your friends who register would do the same on the form. You do not have to only count steps on trails, all activity counts.
We are also planning on group led hikes in the evenings throughout the fall season leading up to Christmas! These will be lead by Sara, come out say hi, and have a chat while getting active! As this challenge will run from October until December 31, just in time to pick up on January 1st with Walk Fundy returning – these hikes will take place on Tuesday evenings @ 6pm weather depending and will shift from different rail trails around the Town of Yarmouth, Municipality of Yarmouth, keep an eye on our social media pages for hike locations on the Monday prior! We want to highlight our local gems, we have so many gorgeous wooded trails! Feel free to bring a lantern** or a flashlight** and bright clothing** (safety vests please), if you are joining us in the evenings as dusk will start to fall earlier as we progress through this series.
We will still be asking for you to please submit on the form weekly (as we have with each challenge thus far) so we can also do draws throughout the 3 months of the program for additional gift cards, we will not be advertising which weeks we will do the draws to keep you on your toes with your submissions! 

So, what’s the challenge you ask?
Trail Challenge! 
Within Nova Scotia we have 56KM of Rail Trail, this trail connects with the rest of Canada’s trail system that has 24,000km! For more information on trails in Nova Scotia please click HERE

Our goal will be different this time as well, we will be giving you a “challenge card” which you can find by scrolling below. This is for an additional prize draw! When you find all of the trails shown on the card and submit a picture to before November 1st. We will be highlighting the trails within our area monthly, and release another set of trails to find in November.

What’s our step goal? While 56Km of rail trail in NS seems to be a little short for this challenge, we will be challenging you to hit 920,000 steps before December 31st!

So how does this goal break down?
There are 92 days within the duration of this program, the suggested step goal per physical activity guidelines is 10,000 steps per day, this translates to 920,000 steps within this time frame! The KM goal we will be walking is 736km. This is just a quick jaunt, its pretty much to Fredericton, NB from Yarmouth, NS taking the main roads. Easy right?!
For a final portion of this challenge, the person who has walked the most past the 920,000 steps we will have a prize for you at the end! 
Good luck and keep walking!

Housekeeping Items:
Challenge Card
Registration Form
Trail Walking Challenge Tracking Sheet
Step Submission Form
Facebook Group Link



Seniors Fitness with Sara @ the Mariners Centre

Come join Sara at the Mariners Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Sara has worked with seniors for the past 10+ years through personal training/fitness classes, as well as running physical adaptive programs in Long Term Care & Residential Care facilities in Nova Scotia as well as in the Northwest Territories. 

Seniors Fitness Level 1 is a chair based program and can be done sitting or standing – we will work with you to keep you comfortable, active and will adapt the program to your own needs on an individual basis. Majority of this program is stretching and body weight exercises – and low intensity cardio.

Seniors Fitness Level 2 is the step up from Level 1. In this program we will be working more with resistance bands/light weights, higher reps and more of an overall body resistance workout. We will adjust the program to make sure you are getting a great workout and within your levels of comfort – and make sure you get that heart rate up!

We hope to see you soon!


Community Wellness Funds

Yarmouth County Community Health Board Wellness Funds – What are they used for?

On Tuesday, March 5th the Yarmouth County Community Health Board met to celebrate the community organizations whose projects were approved for wellness funds.

Jeanine Muise with Schools Plus talks about a way to break down barriers to communication with families they serve through crock pot cooking and sharing.

Wellness Funds support local non-profit groups in developing healthy communities. Wellness Funds are available to support projects that advance community health board priorities and use a population health-based approach in addressing the social determinants of health such as income, education, social supports, early childhood development, etc. Grant funding is part of the NSHA annual operating budget.

Many community organizations, small and large received wellness fund assistance for their programs. Watch for Yarmouth County to become a healthier, happier place to live, work and play in part due to the work of these groups and individuals:

  • Acadia First Nation Native Women’s Group
  • Acadia First Nation Youth Centre
  • Families caring for a loved one with an eating disorder
  • Consent Film Fest committee – Schools Plus
  • Ecoles Plus – CSAP Argyle
  • Jeux de l’Acadie – Par-en-Bas
  • LBGTQ+ Alliance
  • Schools Plus – Yarmouth County
  • South West Nova Dental Hygiene Study Club
  • Southwest Employment Services
  • Canadian Mental Health Association – Southwest Nova Branch
  • The Friends of Ellenwood Park
  • Western Counties Regional Library
  • Yarmouth County Learning Network
  • YMCA of Yarmouth

Loren Cushing listens to how the Canadian Mental Health Association supports programs for youth in Yarmouth County.

Non-profit community groups and organizations that have been together for a minimum of six months and are able to receive, manage and track funding can apply. This includes groups associated with Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) and the Nova Scotia Regional Centers for Education (formally known as school boards). Grants typically range anywhere from $250 to $3000. Larger requests may be considered on a case by case basis. The application period for Wellness Funds will reopen in Summer/Fall of 2019. Additional information on Wellness Funds may be found here or contact your local CHB Coordinator.

Making Recreation a Priority

An expansion of Mariners Centre gets new life as it is given priority as a community recreation project.

What might be included?

Three and a half years ago a needs assessment was completed by community stakeholders and the three local municipal units with assistance from the Province of Nova Scotia. The full report is available along with possible floor plans on the Mariners Centre website.


With the age of the YMCA building and the need for new facilities, the report recommends moving the operations of the YMCA to the Mariners Centre location and developing new fitness and aquatic spaces. This partnership is evident in the Pictou County Wellness Centre. A new standard size competition pool with a second warmer therapy pool would be more accessible and open up time and space for a number of aquatic recreation opportunities.


A curling surface is also an option for add-on and also needed in the region due to the age and upkeep of the current facility. Curling is accessible to people of all ages and also has a lot of local support for hosting bonspiels.


Facilities that include an indoor walking/running track indicate that it is very well used and a great investment in community recreation. Walking tracks are used by everyone; young and old and would be an obvious addition to a multi-purpose recreation facility.


Many other options exist both in the plan and in the minds of community members. Recreation services including programming and facilities are one of the most important items your tax dollars support. People choose to live and work in areas with good recreation opportunities for the whole family. Keeping recreation low cost is something our municipal units strive to do so it is accessible to all and keep our whole community healthier.

Steps to Connect


Steps to Connect is a program designed to help people living with chronic conditions take steps to connect to themselves, the people around them and their community.  This program is offered over 3 sessions that are 2 hours in length.



-Session 1 of 3, Tuesday, January 9th , 5:45pm to 7:45pm or Saturday, January 20th , 10am to 12pm

-Session 2 of 3, Tuesday, January 16th , 5:45pm to 7:45pm or Saturday, January 27th , 10am to 12pm

-Session 3 or 3, Tuesday, January 23rd , 5:45pm to 7:45pm or Saturday, February 3rd , 10am to 12pm

***Steps to Connect is a recreation-based education program, delivered by trained facilitators.  The program is intended to help people learn ways to connect to their community through recreation.  In the Steps to Connect Program, participants will plan and coordinate a safe group activity that will take place during Session 2 of the 3-session program.  Steps to Connect will help individuals rediscover what matters in their life and find out how recreation and social activities can help them live well with their condition.

**The goals of the program are to: Recognize personal assets that can be cultivated in/through recreation.  Experience the potential of recreation for contributing to and connecting with others in the community.  Discover ways to connect with one’s neighborhood and community.  This program is FREE.  We will be running 2 consecutive programs, Tuesday evenings or Saturday Mornings.

*Please call Yarmouth Recreation, 902-742-8868 to register.  For more information you can also contact Danielle Chitty, Program Coordinator, at 902-648-0038 or e-mail:

This program is supported by the Chronic Disease Innovation Fund, Yarmouth County Community Health Board, Community Partners, Western Counties Regional Library Yarmouth, Yarmouth Recreation, NSCC Burridge and Dalhousie University