A New Walking Challenge: Yarmouth NS, to Yarmouth ME

Since we had so much good feedback in regards to Walk Fundy we wanted to send out a new challenge to our community to keep you active!

The goal this time is to walk all the way to Yarmouth, ME.
The step goal can be completed if you walk 10k steps daily in 155.5 Days (Total steps would be 1,555,000 per participant, with 1244km completed). We will set our end date as September 30.
This time we want to HELP the community even more, we have a Facebook group for more of a community feel, with updates, as well as different activities we plan to incorporate into the program.
Click HERE for our Facebook group!

As usual we will be asking for registration so we can stay in contact with you throughout the duration of this program – and there’s no fee! We will continue to send out kudos and achievements throughout the week and ask for step submissions to be placed on Friday evenings – this will mean the first week will run April 1 until April 2, and the rest will run Saturday through to Friday.
Click HERE for Registration!
Click HERE for Step Submission form!

If you have any questions regarding this program please reach out to sara@district.yarmouth.ns.ca we are looking forward to keeping you all active, and hoping some new active members will join us in our challenge! 

We would also like to extend a welcome to the community of Yarmouth, ME and look forward to having you included in this program as well!

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! If you aren’t from the area and want to use Yarmouth to Yarmouth to hold you accountable please join us! (You must be registered to win!)

Handy gadgets to have (these make counting steps easier, but these are not necessary for you to take part in the program):
Step counter on your mobile
Apple watch
Samsung watch
Garmen Tracker
Another way to track is to map your walks via google maps (and its free!)
For a sport conversion chart to add in your steps from different activities click HERE.

Good-luck and have fun! With warmer weather on the way we are looking forward to seeing even more people outside and active on our trails!

Mask Requirements in Facilities

For Yarmouth Recreation, masks will be required when entering all Indoor facilities and Washrooms at: Lake Milo Boat Club, Rotary Centre (Hebron Recreation Complex), Janet Smith Soccer Clubhouse & Public Washrooms at Gateway Park, Broadbrook Park and Hebron Recreation Complex. They must also be worn in porta-potties at various sport field locations.*Please remember to keep 6 ft apart, sanitize hands and watch for floor markings and signs in buildings.


Winter Indoor Walking

Maple Grove Education Centre, in partnership with Yarmouth Recreation, would like to offer adults an indoor space for winter walking during times already reserved for community use. Currently this would be Tuesdays from 7-9pm and Thursdays from 8-9:30pm. 

Tuesday – 7-9pm

Thursday 8-9:30pm 

Starts January 21st, 2020! 

Maple Grove Education Centre, Hebron

Please check in with the supervisor in the school lobby upon arrival and leaving the school. Indoor walking shoes are encouraged. 

**Note: when school is cancelled or closed, walking times will be unavailable. 

Walk for your wellness! 

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Fight heart disease
  • Reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Relieve depression
  • Improve memory
  • Add healthy years to your life

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.