Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia - Where History Meets Opportunity

Phone: 902.532.2043

Recreation Programs and Events

Grant Potter Memorial Park and Playground Revitalization Update

While The Grant Potter Playground will remain closed for a few more weeks until the snow and ice is gone for good, there have been some exciting developments in the efforts to fund the upcoming revitalization project. The current project plan is divided into two parts; addressing drainage to ensure accessible walkways, installing new inclusive swings, slides, climbing and balance features and a gazebo/shaded seating area will be “Phase I”. Upon completion of this work, the boat is to be replaced with an equally exciting but more accessible and inclusive new boat in Phase II. We’ve been through a great series of community workshops and consultations and will be ready to finalize plans soon, based upon available funding, and if both phases can be done at once, they will be…

The estimated cost for Phase I is $142,000, and the boat/Phase II an additional $40,000+. The Town of Annapolis Royal has now received Federal Accessibility funding for $59,000! The Town has applied to various other complimentary grants that are being reviewed, but we still need your help! As part of the budgeting and grant application process we have set a local fundraising contribution goal of $10,000. These cash donations will be directly applied to the purchase of new features such as a double slide, swing set, and shaded seating area, which will be purchased and installed as soon as these fundraising goals are reached. These locally raised funds also represent an investment from the local community and help the likelihood of our current grant applications being successful.   The date that the sum of individual community donations will be reviewed by the Provincial Funding Committee is Feb 28, 2024. So if possible please donate before this date as it strengthens our application, though funds will be happily accepted anytime until we reach the $10k goal! If we exceed this amount, all funds will be directly applied to the project to make the playground an incredible space.

If you would be interested in having either you or your business fully sponsor any of these features or project components, please contact Noah Scanlan, Active Communities & Recreation Coordinator at 902-955-1205 to discuss, or if you would be willing to offer in-kind services such as excavation, installation, or carpentry, this can also be discussed but you must be fully licensed and insured.

To make a donation, please visit the link below. At the time of this writing, we have $2495 donated which is AMAZING, but there’s still a long way to go! Thanks for your support for this all-ages facility and recreation activities in the Town!…/grant-potter-memorial…/



Sport Programs and Fitness Classes

Annapolis Royal Recreation offers and supports a number of weekly sport and fitness opportunities for residents and visitors.


February to June 2024 Adult Pickleball (Age 18+) @ The Community Hub Gym, Annapolis Royal

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two to four players use solid paddles to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net.

Winter session – Start date: February 2, 2024 and End date: June 21, 2024
 groups  days  times  cost

(3.6 & above) (No Drop Ins)

sun, wed, fri 10 am to 12 pm $80 + $5 ball fee

(<3) FULL

mon, wed, fri 12 pm to 2 pm $80 + $5 ball fee

(3 to 3.5) FULL

mon, wed, fri 2 pm to 4 pm $80 + $5 ball fee
Afternoon Open Play

(all skills)

mon, wed 4 pm to 6 pm $60 + $5 ball fee
Evening Open Play

(all skills)

tues 6 pm to 8 pm $50 + $5 ball fee

Drop in rate is $5/session where available.

Which group do I play in?

In order to help determine which time slot would be best for your level of play, we ask that you refer to the Pickleball Nova Scotia Self-Assessment Guide located at:

NOTE: In order to register in Advanced (skill level: 3.6 & above), players must be a registered member of Pickleball Nova Scotia and have been officially assessed by this organization at 3.6 & above skill level player.  Please bring your Pickleball NS assessment upon registration to the Advanced group.

Registration Day

NO preregistration, first come first served at on January 22nd. Registration times will be as follows:


  • Recreational 9 AM
  • Competitive  9:30 AM
  • Afternoon Open 10 AM
  • Evening Open 10:30 AM


People can register any time after the start times, but it’s first come first served. No multiple requests per registration email please – for example if someone wishes to play in both Competitive and Afternoon Open, they should send separate emails at 930AM and 10AM, this will avoid overloading the email server and having emails bounce back, and will not give those enrolling in multiple sessions preferential early registration opportunities. There are no in-person registrations; to register, you must call 902-955-1205 or email

Payment and paperwork will be required within the first week. Cheques can be made out to “Town of Annapolis Royal”, and cash is accepted, but sorry, no e-transfer or credit card payments are available at this time.


2nd membership

A member of the recreational group may obtain a membership in the afternoon open play or evening open play for half the cost. A member of the competitive group may obtain a membership in the recreational, afternoon open play or evening open play for half the cost.



The Following Fall 2023/Winter 2024 will be starting in late September, please stay tuned for details.  These are paid up front for the whole season and can be joined at any time upon the first session you attend.  A prorated rate will be made available for those who join as the season progresses.

Youth Hoops!

11/9/23 update – Registration for this program is now full.


Indoor Soccer (age 14+) @ the Community Hub Gym – Starts TBA – Early October

Leader: Erin Wilson

Wednesdays 7:00-9PM, Fridays 5-7PM

Cost: $120/year.  Join anytime, prorated rates available as the season progresses.


Adult Volleyball (18+) Starts September 17, Join anytime

Leader: Daniele Carriere

Sunday 7-9PM, Adults 16+,

Cost: $100/year, join anytime


Coed youth volleyball – Ages 14-16 – Starts September 17

11/9/23 update – Registration for this program is now full. 

Beginner to intermediate youth players are invited to participate in just for fun scrimmages with coed teams. Bring water, indoor sneakers and a positive attitude to play some fun volleyball and improve game play.

**Pre-registration is required for this program, please email Daniele at

Leader: Daniele Carriere

Sunday 5-7PM, Youth 14-16,

Cost: $50/year, join anytime


Recreational Table Tennis (18+) @ the Community Hub Gym Starts TBA – October

Leader: Rita Ernestsons

Thursday 1:00-3:00pm

Cost: $100/year



Friday Night Youth Basketball (ages 12-18) Starts TBA

Leader: Ryan Scranton

Fridays 7:00PM Starting October 21, 2022

Cost: Free! thanks to After School Program Funding provided by AVRCE and Town of Annapolis Royal

*Please call 902-955-1205 before joining/attending this basketball program, as program/leader/gym availability may vary during school sports seasons.



Tai Chi Group – Tuesday and Thursdays at 9 AM Starts October 24, 2023

Join this Tues & Thurs AM Tai Chi group and start your day off right! Learn as you go, all experience levels welcome.

Leader: Lorna McLagan

Tuesday & Thursday 9AM-9:45

Cost: $80/year, join anytime


If the costs associated with any programs are a barrier to participation, please contact Annapolis Royal Recreation to discuss options – or 902-955-1205


Please note:  Annapolis Royal Recreation and Town of Annapolis Royal are a zero tolerance workplace.  Staff reserves the right to remove program participants from programs at any time based on violent, aggressive, or inappropriate behavior, and players will not be refunded.  The Town of Annapolis Royal’s Anti Violence in the Workplace Policy can be viewed here:





Tennis in Annapolis Royal

Summer is here, so it’s time to get out and enjoy Annapolis Royal’s community tennis courts located on Champlain Drive next to AWEC!
Accessing the courts: There is no cost to use the courts, but you must now register to receive the combination to the gate lock by contacting, by calling 902-955-1205, or by visiting Town Hall. The courts are open to all, and children under 12 must have parental supervision.  During busy times, please limit play time to 30 minutes in order to allow others to play.
The Annapolis Royal Tennis Club is always looking for new members. Seasonal membership rates for all play is $50 adult/$30 student. The fee for vacationers is $5/week to play on club doubles days. To become a club member, please join the club at one of their scheduled play times. All skill levels are welcome, and this is a super fun community organization to join!. There are also doubles tournaments that are open to the public on all holiday weekends. Please call Mike Scott at 902-532-5107 for more info.

Club Play Times – Senior Play Times (65 yrs and older) M-W-F mornings from 10- 12 

Regular Club Times – Tues. and Thurs. 5pm – Dusk, Sundays from 2pm till 5pm 

For more information on any of the above, or to borrow some tennis equipment to go give it a try, please contact Noah Scanlan, Active Living Coordinator, at, or call (902)-955-1205.
Tournament Doubles Dates (2022) – (Open to the Public – Entry Fees are $5.00/person)
Steve Rhymer Memorial – 2024 Date and time TBD
John Rodie Canada Day Tournament – 2024 Date and time TBD
Grant Potter Natal Day Tournament- 2024 Date and time TBD
Fallen Comrades Labor Day – 2024 Date and time TBD

For up to the minute information on gym availability saved on your web browser or phone, please use this link:

For more information please contact Noah Scanlan at 902-955-1205, or email

Annapolis Royal Recreation on Facebook

Annapolis Royal Recreation has its’ own Facebook page featuring ongoing updates about recreation opportunities in Annapolis Royal, as well as fun tips and strategies for for staying healthy, fit, and happy.  Please click here to visit this page, “like”, and join this group!

The Academy Loft Climbing Gym

The Annapolis Valley Climbing Club’s new indoor rock climbing gym located at the Academy Gym.  For a complete list of their programming please find them on Facebook at, or email for information on events or becoming an AVCC member.

Walk Annapolis Royal


Annapolis Royal offers a number of different walking paths and routes for both recreation and to incorporate “active transportation” into your daily routine, all outlined in our handy map.

Walking_Map as Pdf
Or Download the brochure »

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