Programs and Activities

Hike Nova Scotia Hiker Challenge

The Hiker Challenge is all about inspiring, motivating and rewarding you - especially new and novice hikers - for getting out on Nova Scotia’s beautiful trails to start hiking or to hike more. It’s tailored to showcase the best of the province while providing helpful and fun challenges in doing so. Your reward for completing each challenge is a badge to show off on clothing or backpacks, as well as being listed on Hike Nova Scotia’s Honour Roll. Each season Hike Nova Scotia does a prize draw for a gift card to The Trail Shop including everyone who has earned a badge in the last three months.

Get your hike on and take the Hiker Challenge! A great place to start is the Pictou County Badge. For more information click here.


New Glasgow Badge Program

Are you a New Glasgow resident who has completed a Hike Nova Scotia Hiker Badge? Let us know and we’ll pay for it (while funding lasts) to encourage you to get outside, move and explore! Contact Veronica at or 902-755-8363.

Go Play Pictou County Equipment Loan Program

The GO PLAY Pictou County Equipment Loan Program offers an inventory listing of recreational equipment that is currently available for loan by the various municipal units in Pictou County. Our goal is to promote an active lifestyle while encouraging people to explore our beautiful community.

To borrow a piece of equipment, simply fill out the online form and the appropriate person will be in contact with you.


Take The Roof Off Winter

#TTROW is back again with Reacreation Nova Scotia, the Healthy Tomorrow Foundation and their Make Your Move campaign bringing some interactive, resourceful winter fun to Nova Scotians of all ages. The aim is to help improve Nova Scotians' health and quality of life by getting active during the winter months and taking the roof off winter! For more information and to participate, visit:

Snowfolk Building Contest

Snow on the ground means one thing... snowfolk! Take the roof off winter in 2024 and head outside to play in the snow. The Snowfolk Building Contest will run until the end of February, so make sure to build your best snowperson each time it snows. Prizes will be awarded for winners in each of the following categories: Best Multicultural Snowperson, Best Snow Creature, Most Colorful Snowperson and Most Fashionable Snowperson. Submit photos of your snowfolk to . We can't wait to see what you build!

Pictou County Multisport

Pictou County Multi Sport is back! Registration will take place at the Trenton Rink Annex (75 Park Road) on Sunday, January 28th at 3:00pm. The program will begin on February 18 and run for 15 weeks.

Winter Guided Hikes 2024

Hike Nova Scotia and partners offer the Winter Guided Hike & Walk Series from January to March across the province. This year, there are 12 walk, hike and snowshoe events taking place in Pictou County and participants are eligible to win trail prizes! Visit for more information on the Winter Guided Hike Series. 

Winter Bike Week Light Ride

Join us for a bright bike ride in New Glasgow on Thursday, February 15! We will meet at Rotary Park on Clyde Street for a 6:00pm start.

Folks are encouraged to light up their bikes and themselves as much as possible! Bike lights, headlamps, battery-powered twinkle lights – the sky’s the limit for how bright you can be! Town staff will be at Rotary Park from 5:00pm – 5:45pm to loan lights to anyone who would like to borrow some and light up their bikes on site. We will be giving out a grand prize for the brightest and best decorated bike and doing a prize draw. Get your name into the draw by letting Veronica know you’re coming at or 902-755-8363.

Nova Scotia law requires bikes to have a front white light and a rear red light or rear red reflector. Please ensure your bike meets these requirements. We will have limited front white lights available to borrow.

The route has been designed with people of all ages and skill levels in mind. We will cycle at a slow pace and have support from the NGRP to cross George Street. Check out the route map at the following link:

The ride will end at Rotary Park for an after party with fire pits, s’mores and hot chocolate.

This group ride will expose riders to: cycling safety in an urban environment, a positive and social atmosphere and cycling in the winter.

We are excited to show that cycling is a fun and viable way to get around in New Glasgow. We hope you will join us!

Winter Bike Week Cyclefit

Attention New Glasgow residents ages 16+! Wrap up Winter Bike Week with a FREE Cyclefit class with Merton on Sunday, February 18th at 2:00pm. If you are not a YMCA member and wish to participate in the class, you must show ID before entering the YMCA. Register here:

Hospital & NSH Community Building Walking Routes

Like walking or running and looking for some routes? We partnered with Healthy Pictou County and local illustrator Bonnie Fraser of Sydney and Surrey to prepare some walking routes from the hospital, the NSH Community Buildings, and other businesses and organizations in the area. Click here for some routes for a pre-work or post-work run/walk, a little break outside - or a nice evening event or family activity to socialize and be active!