Each year, the Truro Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture hosts and partners on numerous special events, including festivals, dances, movies and more.
For a listing of upcoming events, click pdf below:
ÂÂÂ Events Listing for 2015 (177.29 kB)
Truro Winter Long John Festival
February 1 to 7, 2015
Plus…some Early Bird Events!
Winter’s Never Been This Much Fun!
Your 2015 Schedule
Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24
Downtown Winter Warm-Up
It's time for a Winter Warm-Up this weekend on Inglis Place.
~On Friday night, Da By’s will be back outside Inglis Jewellers heating up the street with music from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes ... or snow boots might be more appropriate!
~On Saturday, Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company is offering free horse and wagon rides through downtown Truro with Hamilton Sleigh & Wagon Rides. Meet at the store at 23 Inglis Place between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. to hop on.
Saturday, Jan. 31 - “Downtown Winterfest”
An Early Winter Festival Kick-Off in Downtown Truro
Get an early start to the festival: Wear your winter long johns Downtown for a chance to win $50 in Downtown Dollars. Enter to win at the Nova Scotia Emporium, Elegant Steps or Nook and Cranny.
~10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Wonderful Winter Wonderland Story and Craft Time for ages 3 and up. Colchester East Hants Public Library. Registration opens Jan. 19 at 902-895-1625.
~10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dal AC Woodsmen Team Demonstration. Under the Farmers’ Market Canopy. Five events – underhand chop, standing block chop, cross cut, Swede saw and chainsaw.
~11:30 a.m. Ice Sculpting with Gilles Godin, Ingis Place by Scotiabank.
~1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Skating Party at Victoria Square. Skate anytime, and enjoy free hot chocolate from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. or while supplies last. Not a skater? Make a snowman.
~1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Free horse and wagon rides, leaving from Victoria Square (Commercial Street).
~1:30 p.m. Ice Sculpting with Gilles Godin, in front of the Marigold Cultural Centre.
Hosted by: the Downtown Truro Partnership
Sunday, February 1
~2:00 p.m. Exhibit Opening – Colchester Keeps in Touch. Discover the stories behind mail, post offices, stagecoaches, inns and livery stables in Colchester County at the ColchesterÂ Historeum, 29 Young St. The exhibit traces the development of some of the ways people have kept in touch from the 18 thÂ Century to the present.
~3:00-5:00 p.m. Community Skate for $2.00 or a donation to the Colchester Food Bank, Community Credit Union Arena, Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Helmets mandatory.
~2:00-4:00 p.m. Coasting Party for the entire family at the Centre Communautaire francophone de Truro (Francophone Centre) and Ecole acadienne de Truro, 50 Aberdeen St. Bring your own sled. Free hot chocolate. Weather, snow conditions permitting. Helmets are encouraged.
Monday, February 2
~1:15-2:15 p.m. Free Pre-schooler Skating at Colchester Legion Stadium. Helmets mandatory.
~2:30-3:30 p.m. Free Seniors’ Skating at Colchester Legion Stadium. Helmets mandatory.
~6:30-8:30 p.m. Community Outdoor Skating Party at Victoria Square with free hot chocolate. (Weather, ice permitting). Helmets are encouraged.
Tuesday, February 3
~10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Adult Recreational Skating at Colchester Legion Stadium. Special $2 Festival rate per person. Helmets mandatory.
~3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Free Adult Recreational Pickleball at Douglas Street Recreation Centre.
~7:00-9:00 p.m. Free Adult Recreational Pickleball at Douglas Street Recreation Centre.
~7:30-9:00 p.m. Free Adult Recreational Basketball at Truro Elementary School.
~7:00 p.m. Guided Snowshoe Walk in Victoria Park with Daisy Roberts of Hub Cycle. Meet in the Truro Junior High parking lot. A limited number of snowshoes are available to borrow. Call 893-6094 to reserve or email
Wednesday, February 4
~7:00-9:00 p.m. Just in time for Valentine’s Day…A Heart for You. Join members of the Marigold Guild of Needle Arts to create a small embroidered heart, stitched in Bargello technique – one of the quickest and easiest stitches to learn, and used to create colourful, eye-catching designs. Mount your stitching in a card or frame as a keepsake for a loved one. All materials and instruction provided. Cost is $5. Location: Douglas Street Recreation Centre. Pre-register by Feb. 2 at 902-893-6094 or
~7:00-8:00 p.m. Free Open Gym Time for Children at Truro Junior High School.
~8:00-9:15 p.m. Free Adult Recreational Badminton at Truro Junior High School.
Thursday, February 5
~9:30-10:30 a.m. Free Seniors’ Skating at Colchester Legion Stadium. Helmets mandatory.
~10:30-11:30 a.m. Free Pre-school Skating at Colchester Legion Stadium. Helmets mandatory.
~7:00 p.m. Opening of Truro Art Society’s “Shelter in Art” show, and fundraiser for Out of the Cold. McCarthy Hall Gallery, Truro Campus, NSCC. In addition to the exhibit, artists will donate items for purchase, with proceeds going to Out of the Cold, a nightly shelter for homeless people on cold winter nights.
~7:00-8:00 p.m. Adult Soccer at the Cougar Dome. Special $2 Festival rate per person.
~7:30-9:30 p.m. Free Recreational Badminton at Truro Elementary School.
~8:00-9:00 p.m. Ultimate Frisbee at the Cougar Dome. Special $2 Festival rate per person.
~8:00-9:30 p.m. Free Adult Recreational Ball Hockey at Douglas Street Recreation Centre.
Friday, February 6
~1:15 to 2:40 p.m. Adult Recreational Skating at Colchester Legion Stadium. Special $2 Festival rate per person. Helmets mandatory.
~6:00 p.m. Winter Walk. Put on your long johns, grab your flashlights and enjoy a Family Festival Frolic. We’ll walk from Douglas Street Recreation Centre, through Victoria Park and back to the centre for hot chocolate.
~6:30-9:30 p.m. Community Swim for $3, Wilsons Aquatic Centre, Rath Eastlink Community Centre.
Saturday, February 7
~All day First Ever Long John Festival Ice Ball Challenge, a one-day co-ed ball tournament hosted by the Truro and Area District Mixed Slo-Pitch League and being held in Bible Hill, off Jennifer Drive. To register a team, contact Jason Roberts at
or by calling 902-899-0010 after 5 p.m. Registration is free because the tournament is just for fun and for bragging rights. Open to the first eight teams. Minimum of seven males and three females per team. Teams are encouraged to wear long johns, and must provide two new yellow Hot Dot balls for play. No storm date.
~10:00 a.m.Â More Snowshoeing with Daisy. Break out your snowshoes and enjoy a guided, group snowshoe walk in Victoria Park with Daisy Roberts from Hub Cycle. Meet in the parking lot at Truro Junior High School.
~6:00-7:30 p.m. Free Family Skating at Colchester Legion Stadium. FREE hot chocolate. Helmets mandatory.
~7:00 p.m. It’s a Fan Appreciation Weekend for the whole family with the Truro Junior A Bearcats at the Community Credit Union Arena, Rath Eastlink Community Centre, Saturday and Sunday. Fans who purchase tickets for Saturday’s 7:00 p.m. game against Yarmouth will get FREE admission to Sunday’s 2:00 p.m. game against Summerside. After Sunday’s game, fans can skate and get autographs from the team. Wear your long johns for a chance to win prizes.
More Winter Fest Fun…
Free Indoor Walking
At Douglas Street Recreation Centre, Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Please bring indoor shoes.
Enjoy outdoor skating on rinks installed seasonally at Victoria Square in Truro and also, in Bible Hill on Meadowland Drive and at Bible Hill Central Elementary School, Pictou Road. (Ice conditions permitting)
In Victoria Park, there are approximately 20 kilometres of groomed trails. Call the Ski Hotline at 902-895-7078 for the latest conditions.
Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Loans
Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture has a limited number of cross-country skis, boots and poles, as well as snowshoes you can borrow. Available at Douglas Street Recreation Centre, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 893-6078 for information.
Please note, it is mandatory for the public to wear helmets during public skates. A limited number of helmets are available for you to borrow at the Colchester Legion Stadium and Rath Eastlink Community Centre.