The following Programs and Events are hosted annually (see our Events Calendar here) by the Town of Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture Department:

Recreation Programs:


Art Acquisition Program

ArtAquisitionThe Town of Truro launched its Art Acquisition Program in 2006 in an effort to create and maintain a collection of visual art which reflects the unique historic and artistic development of Truro. Visual artists - be they painters, sculptors, carvers, potters, rug hookers, quilters, photographers and others - are invited to submit an application to display their works to the public at a gallery showing in April each year. One artist will have his or her work selected to be added to the town’s permanent art collection.

Winner of the Art Acquisition for 2016: Ron Hazell.

Community Recreation Nights

Four nights a week, the Town of Truro offers free drop in programs that are open to all residents. These programs follow the calendar of the school they are located in, so if the school is closed for any reason, the recreational activity will be cancelled.

Here is the 2017-2018 schedule:


  • Adult Co-Ed Recreational Basketball from 7:30 - 9:00 pm at Truro Elementary School (Starting Sept. 19th)
  • Pickleball from 12:30 - 2:30 pm at Douglas Street Recreation Centre (Starting Sept. 19th)
  • Pickleball from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Douglas Street Recreation Centre (Starting Sept. 19th)


  • Children's Open Gym from 6:00 - 7:00 pm at Truro Junior High School (Starting Sept. 27th)
  • Adult Recreational Badminton from 7:15 - 9:00 pm at Truro Junior High School (Starting Sept. 27th)


  • Recreational Badminton: 7:30 - 9:00 pm at Truro Elementary School (Starting Sept. 21st)
  • Adult Recreational Ball Hockey: 7300 - 9:00 pm at Douglas Street Recreation Centre (Starting Sept. 21st)

Community Recreation Nights Poster

Contact Information:

Truro Parks Recreation and Culture Department

40 Douglas St.,
Truro, N.S.

B2N 2E7
Phone: 902-893-6078

Day Camps

Summer Day Camps

  • Preschool Camps (½ day) - Games, crafts, songs, and special themes will give your preschooler lots of adventures. Our well-trained leaders organize imaginative and interesting activities where learning and socialization are enhanced.
  • We are no longer offering camps for school aged children.

Registration Form

Summer Drop In Programs

Stay tuned for info on summer 2018

Learn to Sledge

An 8-week all abilities program. Supported by Easter Seals and the IWK, the program will be guided by qualified instructors to ensure a safe, fun, on-ice recreational experience utilizing games and activities that complement traditional sledge hockey. Participants will improve body strength and fundamental movements, develop stamina and increase their self-esteem!

ALL are welcome, regardless of experience or ability! All that’s needed is a hockey helmet with face cage, clothing sufficient to cover neck and hands, and warm
footwear (boots).

pdf Sledge 2017 (289 KB)


Contact Information

Truro Parks Recreation and Culture Department

40 Douglas St.,
Truro, N.S.
B2N 2E7 

Phone: 902-893-6078


Funding Opportunities:

  • KidSport

KidSport is a national children's program that helps kids overcome the financial barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sport Managed and operated in Nova Scotia by Sport Nova Scotia since 1994, KidSport Nova Scotia has assisted over 22,000 children totalling over $5 Million. KidSport Nova Scotia provides funding of up to $300/year/child for sport registration and/or equipment.

You can apply online at KidSport or in person at:

Colchester Recreation Services
1 Church St, Truro, NS B2N 3Z5
P: 902.897.3181
F: 902.843.4065

  • Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a registered charity (#1379 29 451 RR0002) dedicated to removing financial barriers so kids across Canada have the opportunity to get off the sidelines and get into the game.

Jumpstart’s core purpose is to enrich the lives of kids (from 4 to 18) in need through sports and physical activity. We assist with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation Jumpstart helps kids explore a range of options by supporting over 70 different activities. In addition to enabling participation in high-profile sports like hockey, soccer and swimming, Jumpstart helps kids take dance lessons and martial arts classes, play ringette or take part in several dozen other activities. What kids do is up to them; we’re here to help them do it.

You can apply online at Jump Start or in person at:

Truro Parks Recreation and Culture Department

40 Douglas St.,
Truro, N.S.
B2N 2E7

Phone: 902-893-6078

Equipment Loans Program

The Town of Truro offers a loan program for both cross country skis and snowshoes:
  • Classic Cross Country Skis: We have skis, boots, and poles that will fit adults as well as children as small as 60lbs.Skate Skis: We have a very limited quantity of skis and boots.
  • Snowshoes: We have a limited quantity ranging from children's to adult size.
Both the Municipality of Colchester and the Village of Bible Hill also have a snowshoe loan program:

Colchester Recreation Services
1 Church St, Truro, NS B2N 3Z5
P: 902.897.3181
F: 902.843.4065

Village of Bible Hill
67 Pictou Road
Bible Hill, NS B2N 2R9
P: 902.893.8083

Adaptive Recreation Equipment Loan Program

The Adaptive Recreation Equipment Loan Program is a new resource for families of children and youth who have a physical disability and/or individuals who would benefit from its use. This equipment will provide opportunities to borrow a variety of equipment to experience new leisure pursuits.

If your child is interested in borrowing a piece of equipment for the first time, we recommend that you contact Recreation Therapy – Pediatric Rehabilitation at the IWK Health Centre for an initial assessment at (902) 470-3840.

Please note:
  • Equipment is loaned on a first come, first served basis
  • Please book at least a week in advance of use.
  • Borrow for up to 2 weeks at a time.
  • Cost to borrow is only $20 (annual maintenance fund).

Please contact your local recreation department for more information.

Town of Truro: (902) 893-6078
Municipality of Colchester: (902) 897-3155
Municipality of East Hants: (902) 883-3387
Village of Bible Hill: (902) 893-8083
Town of Stewiacke: (902) 639-2231

King St Community Gardens

king street community gardenThe Town of Truro's Parks, Recreation and Culture, Engineering and Public Works Departments, as well as the Truro Tree Committee have worked hand in hand to produce fifty community garden boxes at the King Street Community Garden. The site also offers large plantings of rhubarb, high bush blueberries, arctic kiwi vine and concord grapes as well as three each of pear, plum and peach trees.

Winter Long John Festival

LongJohnFestivalThe annual Winter Long John Festival is a week-long event hosted by Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture, which offers an opportunity to get families outside to appreciate what the Town of Truro has to offer in the winter time. It’s a chance to get out and get some fresh air and exercise as well as meet people in the neighborhood. Long Johns are a natural fit for a winter festival, particulary in Truro where, in some ways Truro has become synonymous with long johns and underwear because of the Stanfield’s plant.

Easter Egg Hunt

EasterEggHuntHundreds of excited children converge on Victoria Park each year to participate in the annual Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture. Thousands of colourful plastic eggs will be placed in a designated hunting ground in Victoria Park, where children ages 10 and under will be invited to hunt for five eggs each that match the colour of their ticket, which they will exchange for one special treat bag. Children will also have an opportunity to meet the Downtown Truro Easter Bunny.

VP Challenge Poster

Truro Nissan VP Challenge

VP ChallengeThe Victoria Park (VP) Challenge is a chip timed 5 and 10 kilometre adventure race with challenging obstacles (stairs, wall, mud and tires) as well as a free Kid’s Challenge. Presented by Truro Parks Recreation Culture, the VP Challenge takes place in picturesque Victoria Park each year and incorporates the historic landscape, including Jacob's Ladder. Visit for more information.

VP Challenge Poster

Canada Parks Day Celebration

ParksDayIn honour of Canada Parks Day and having such a beautiful park in the heart of town, Truro Parks Recreation and Cultures hosts a Canada Parks Day Celebration each year in Victoria Park. On the 3rd Saturday of July each year, families can enjoy live music, bouncy houses, face-painting, balloon animals and more!

Movie Nights in Victoria Park

MoviesInTheParkEach summer, Truro Parks Recreation and Culture hosts mid-summer Movie Nights in Victoria Park. A popular attraction for locals and tourists alike, the movies are shown on a 20 foot screen at the park's J. Arch Fraser bandshell. Hundreds of people gather each year to take in classic, new and family friendly movies, while enjoying complimentary popcorn and fresh summer air. Movies start at 9:00pm, bring your own chair. Rain location: Douglas St. Recreation Centre.

The 2017 Lineup:

Victoria Park Summer Concert Series

ConcertInVicParkFor ten years, hundreds of people have gathered at the J. Arch Fraser bandshell to enjoy the Sunday in the Park Concert Series, presented by Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture. Each Sunday from the middle of June until Labour Day weekend in September, people of all ages enjoy live entertainment from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. There are special concerts scheduled for the Canada Day, Civic Holiday and Labour Day weekends each summer as well.

The 2017 Lineup:

Riverfront Park Summer Concert Series

Riverfront ConcertInTheParkFor four consecutive Friday nights in July, residents can enjoy live, outdoor entertainment during Truro Parks Recreation and Culture's Riverfront Park Concert Series. 2016 marked the fifth year for this series, which attracts hundreds of people of all ages to Riverfront Park at the corner of Walker and Bayview Streets in downtown Truro The concerts are free and are held from 7:00 to 8:00 pm every Friday in July.

The 2017 Lineup:

EMBRACE Truro Festival

EmbraceEMBRACE Truro - a celebration of Truro's diversity and culture - is a free weekend of entertainment and family-friendly activities that takes place each year on the front lawn of the Truro Farmers Market EMBRACE, which stands for ‘Everyone Makes a Better, Respectful, Accepting, Creative Environment’, features live performances, demonstrations and activities for the whole family and is sponsored by the Town of Truro’s Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee.

New Year's Eve on the Town

FireworksThe Town of Truro department of Parks, Recreation and Culture hosts an annual New Year's Eve celebration: New Year's Eve on the Town! With family friendly events scheduled at Douglas Street Recreation Centre in the afternoon, followed by an evening skate and live entertainment at the Colchester Legion Stadium, there is something for everyone as Truro rings in the new year each year. The Town of Truro also hosts a New Year’s Day Levee each year in Council Chambers. All events are free of charge and family friendly.

Contact Information

Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture Department

40 Douglas Street
Truro, Nova Scotia
Canada B2N 2E7

Tel: (902) 893-6078
Fax: (902) 893-6099


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