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!


Registration links below!

These are NOT drop in programs, if you arrive without registering and no one is there we have cancelled the program because of lack of registration.

To Register for HIIT, Tababata, or Virtual Reality Gaming please click HERE

To Register for Creative Play (10 & Under) Please call (902) 742-8868 & ask for Jillian or click HERE

To Register for Sledge Hockey click HERE
If you have any questions about sledge hockey please email Ryan Shay @ ryan.shay@live.com

For more information on Friends of Ellenwood Photo Contest please click HERE

To join our Facebook Fit Week Event please click HERE

Registration Links Below

Virtual Reality Gaming! Registration Link Below!

Registration Link Below

What is Tababata? 

  • “If you’ve gotten into interval training, you may have heard of something called Tabata training, also known as the Tabata Protocol. This workout is a form of high intensity interval training designed to get your heart rate up in that very hard anaerobic zone for short periods of time.” (verywellfit.com) 

What is HIIT?

  • “High intensity interval training sessions are commonly called HIIT workouts. This type of training involves repeated bouts of high intensity effort followed by varied recovery times. … This type of training can be accomplished using body weight, resistance bands, free weights, medicine balls or weight machines.” (ascm.org)

What is Chair yoga?

  • “Chair yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible1 to people who cannot stand, lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions, or want a quick break from office work.” (verywellfit.com)

What is Tai-gon-ga?

  • “Health At Any Size – Tai-Gon-ga
    Never heard of this new exercise class??? That’s because I created it.
    The weather was so great during the summer, that I didn’t want to come inside to stretch and strengthen my back, shoulders, hips and knees. I fractured my back & shoulder in a motor vehicle accident 2 ½ years ago and I need to regularly stretch to maintain flexibility and strength.
    I looked on line for a type of activity that included all the exercises I love including Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong. I couldn’t find anything – so I created one!
    I call it Tai-Gon-Ga for a mixture of Tai Chi, Qigong and Yoga. I introduced it to my Qigong class during the summer and received a wonderful response, so I have included it into my regular class schedule. No experience is necessary and all classes are multi-level. I always encourage all my participants to listen to their bodies and do their best … and forget the rest.
    The class main focus is on back strength and stretching, but I include lots of hip, shoulders and knee exercises. You can drop in and join any of my classes or catch them ‘live’ on facebook (they are posted after each class).
    I have two different levels of this Tai-Gon-Ga (both classes are approximately 30 minutes)
    Mondays @ 11:30 am is a gentle version (standing or sitting – no yoga mat required)
    Wednesdays @ 12:10 pm is a little more intense (bring a yoga mat)
    Please drop in and let me know what you think or join me virtually on my facebook group: cinergy.
    Cindy Robicheau
    Certified Personal Trainer/fitness instructor
    facebook group: cinergy
    Yarmouth Community Health & Wellness Classes
    Lion’s Club, Parade Street Yarmouth
    Everyone is welcome – all classes are drop in – by donation – multi level”

Family Winter Hiking Series

Join us for a series of guided family hikes this winter that are guaranteed to be fun for the whole family! Click on the header to be taken to the Event listing for each hike and let us know you are interested or coming.

Wizards of Winter

Don’t wait for your letter from Hogwarts before you climb onto platform 93/4 for an outdoor adventure! Whether you are into mixing potions, creating powerful spells, are a secret Animagus, or simply a muggle who enjoys the woods, this hike is for you!

January 26th at 1pm at the Hebron Recreation Complex

Polar Safari

This daring trek across icy terrain will yield sights never seen around these parts! Expect to see polar bears, penguins, snowy owls, and maybe a Beluga whale! You will need very keen eyes and maybe even binoculars to catch a glimpse of these never-seen animals!

February 16th at 1pm at the Tkipok Trail in Arcadia.

Chasing Rainbows Family Fun Hike

There may not always be gold at the end of the rainbow but we will have fun on the journey to get there! Themed scavenger hunts, parachute games and more will be part of this hiking activity. It’s the perfect place to wear that unicorn costume hiding in the back of your closet!

March 21st at 1pm at Broad Brook Park (meet at the Trail Head off of Forest St)

These hikes can count towards a challenge badge in Hike Nova Scotia’s Hiker Challenge! Check out the challenges, badges and chances to WIN here!

Got snow? Try our Cross Country Skis or Snowshoes!

We (Heart) Snow!Yarmouth Recreation has a variety of cross country ski equipment as well as snowshoes to fit almost any member of your family! With the snow starting to fall, think about dropping by our office and getting outfitted to try out a fun new winter activity! FREE!

Office hours are 8:30-4:30, M-F and you can drop in and select your equipment and take it to try anywhere! Our trails, parks and backyards make wonderful new adventures in the snow!

The Friends of Ellenwood also have skis and snowshoes available for use in the park along with kilometers of groomed trails! They maintain cabin hours every weekend there is snow on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm. Check out their website for more information and follow them on Facebook.

Are you interested in some ski instruction? Sign up with Yarmouth Recreation and once we get a good snow forecast and can schedule a course , we will give you a call. Our cross country ski courses are great no matter your age and ability, come with all equipment, and are completely free of charge!

Super Blood Wolf Moon Hike

January’s full moon is pretty exciting!

It is a Super Moon; meaning the moon is closer than usual to earth and it will appear quite large as it rises over the horizon.

The January full moon is referred to as the Wolf Moon as those native to this land and early settlers could hear hungry wolves howl outside their villages.

Even more rare, is the fact that it is a Blood Moon. This means that the full lunar eclipse happening late on September 20th into the early morning hours of the 21st will produce a moon appearing red in colour.

Join Yarmouth & Acadian Shores Hiking Adventures (YASHA), The Friends of Ellenwood Park and Yarmouth Recreation for a Full Moon Hike on Sunday, January 20th at 7pm. We will meet at the entrance to Ellenwood Park and hike in and through the park with what we hope is a spectacular view of the Full Wolf Moon. Because the eclipse does not begin until 11:30 pm and max at 1:12 am, we will leave that to you to follow up on. It is fully viewable in North America so worth waiting up for if you are able and the night is clear. Dress for the weather and the walking surface. We will have limited pairs of snowshoes available if that is an option. A fire will be on in the ski cabin to warm up before we make the trek out. Please watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates.

On the Trail Family Fun Activities

Hiking with kids is good for a variety of reasons and opens up a whole new world to explore. Most of the time can be spent simply seeing, smelling, hearing, touching and, ..well maybe not tasting, your new surroundings. Coming across small wildlife, beautiful flowers, peculiar insects while navigating different terrain is very exciting for all ages!

Sometimes we need ideas to encourage children to explore in a different way. In our Family Fun Hike series we lead a number of mini-games along the way to look at nature in a different way. Our Fall Family Fun Hikers tried a few activities this October in Ellenwood Provincial Park:

Caterpillar Search 

A photo scavenger hunt from a caterpillars view on the world.

We took several close-up photos of things we can find along the trail. Each child was provided a sheet and crayon to check them off. Kids love to talk about what the world would look like it they were very small. Get down and close to natural spaces along the trail and imagine where you would live, what you would eat and what kind of fun things might you do?


Meet a Tree Friend

You will need to pair up for this and you will need one vision mask (a sleep mask from the $$ Store will do the trick).

One person should put the mask on while their partner scopes out a tree close by (don’t let them know which one you pick!)

Take your masked partner carefully over to your selected tree and introduce them. You can make up cool names, of course, and any other personality info you like. The masked partner should to know the tree by touching the bark, feeling the ground near, the tree, smelling any smells, etc.  Go back to your start point on the trail and remove the mask.  Can you find the tree you just met?

Switch places and meet a new tree friend!

Paint Nature with Nature 

You won’t need a paintbrush – just your imagination!

There are some blank canvasses that need your artistic talents! Select natural objects from the space around (please don’t take anything something is still using! Like bark from a living tree) and “paint” a picture in the frame.






Please tell us about your experience if you try these activities with your kids! What are your favorite places to explore?  Watch for our Family Fun November Hike to be scheduled soon!