Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia - Where History Meets Opportunity

Phone: 902.532.2043

Recreation Programs and Events

April 28, 2021- Program Suspension Notice
Effective 8AM on April 21, all sport and recreation programming and activities in the Community Hub Gym have been suspended. They will resume when the Province of Nova Scotia and Department of Public Health lift restrictions, currently scheduled for May 12, 2021.
Public Skating Rink at Farmer’s Market Plaza Opens Jan 25, 2021!

The public skating rink at the Farmer’s Market Plaza is now open! HUGE thanks to our sponsors The Parker Mountain Wind Turbine Society and Province of Nova Scotia’s Active Communities Fund for the generous funding, as well as the assistance of the

Annapolis Royal Volunteer Fire Department

for the ongoing filling and skimming, Michael Weekes for the assistance with constructing, and to our Town Public Works crew and the very generous volunteer “Rink Squad” who shoveled it off and cleared paths after yesterday’s surprise storm!

The rink is currently open to the public from 8AM-8PM, with timed floodlights illuminating evening skates. Please note the posted rules on site and in the photos. Hockey is permitted from 4-6PM only, and please no hard shots or competitive games.
Please note: helmets are required, and no more that 15 skaters are allowed on the ice at a time, and 6 foot social distancing is required outside of your immediate family bubble. Please share the ice, and be respectful and Covid-safe when enjoying this facility. If you have any questions regarding Covid-19 safety procedures and protocols, please visit
To report any concerns or if you have any questions regarding the rink, please call Noah at 902-955-1205
Gym and Program Update for November 26, 2020
Annapolis Royal Recreation are confident in our ability to continue to offer Community Hub Gym programs during this time. Your wellbeing is our top priority and we are committed to providing you with the opportunity to stay active in a safe environment!
Programs will carry on as normal until we are directed by the province to make any changes. We would like to remind you of the policies that we have put into place and will continue to follow in order to ensure your safety during your participation in this program:
• Masks are required when entering the Gym until you are actively participating. Masks must be worn when resting or using washrooms or in common areas.
• Hand sanitizer must be used upon entering and leaving the space.
• No spectators are permitted for any programs.
• Registration is required for all programs. All participants must provide a signature to verify attendance for each session, and agree that by attending they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and have not traveled outside of Nova Scotia in the last 14 days
• If a participant or instructor/staff member is feeling unwell, they must stay home and follow Public Health recommendations.
• All shared gear is to be sanitized after it is are used (this is done by staff/program leaders and not the participants).
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out! You can contact Noah Scanlan, Active Communities & Recreation Manager by emailing or calling 902-955-1205. Thank you!


Effective October 1, 2020, The Community Hub Gym has reopened for Annapolis Royal Recreation managed programs, and sport, fitness, and activity programs will be restarting during the month of October.  All programs and the management of the facility are adhering to the most current COVID-19 safety guidelines provided by Nova Scotia Health Authority, Sport Nova Scotia, and Recreation Nova Scotia.  The gym is not currently available to rent for private use or public events.  If you have any questions, please call 902-955-1205, or email


Annapolis Royal Recreation’s official mascot, “Sammy” Champlain!


Sport Programs and Fitness Classes

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

An up-to-the-minute link to the schedule is posted below the schedule, with copyable links available for easy reference. 

Power-Hour @ The Annapolis Academy Gym. 

Power Hour is set to resume in person in 2021, but due to the Covid -19 pandemic is currently being offered online! Please call 902-225-5556 for more information.  

Power Hour is a challenging fitness class that focuses on strength, cardio, and flexibility! Monday’s classes are designed to accommodate new participants who may be new to fitness classes, but are open to all skill levels. Leader: Jane Power-Grimm. Mondays 8:00 – 9:00pm, Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30pm, and Thursdays 6:30 -7:30pm.  Starts: Classes are currently ongoing, join anytime. $5/Class

Wellness Hour @ The Community Hub Gym

Leader:  Amery Boyer – or 902-532-0556.

Classes are M-F at 8:50AM

Current class info can be found here:

Wellness Hour Nov 23, 2020

Pickleball @ The Community Hub Gym

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles  to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. Leader Jean-Louis Batiot Mondays , Wednesdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm.  For each 4 hour session, the first 2 hours are for “recreational play”, the second 2 hours for “competitive play”, please see below.

Starts: September 30 2019 Cost: $80/year for a up to 3x/week membership, $4 drop in rate.  Join anytime!

  • Each session will be divided where the first 2 hours (M 1-3PM, W 1-3PM, F 1-3PM) is for recreational/friendly play, open to all and encouraging to newcomers.  The expectation for this time period is that there will not be highly aggressive, hard shots or serves, & spins, and teams should be chosen at random. And there be a sense of inclusion, skill development, and fun.
  • The second portion of each day (3-5PM) will be for more competitive play.  Here more aggressive play is welcome, and games may be played where players select their own teams if they wish.
  • All skill and fitness levels should be welcome at either portion/session.  The goal of adding this extra time is to accommodate players with the option of play whatever style of the game  they may be seeking.  Ideally, The first half of each session gives players the chance to hone their skills, then perhaps they will wish to stay and try more competitive play.  Players are welcome to start and stop play at any time during either/both sessions.
  • Introduction to Pickleball mini-classes will be offered periodically for those new to the game. Please call 902-955-1205 or email for more info.


Indoor Soccer @ the Community Hub Gym

Leader: Katie McLean

Wednesdays 7:45 – 9:30pm Grade 9+, Starts: Late October 2020, call 902-955-1205 to confirm date

Cost: $60/year, $4 adult/$2 Student drop-in


Volleyball (Co-ed) @ Community Hub Gym (2020)

Leader: Eric Melanson

Sunday 6-8PM, Adults 18+,

Cost: $50/year, $4 adult/$2 Student drop-in


Badminton @ AWEC:

Leader: Dale Hoyt

Thursday 7:30-9:00pm Grade 9+, Starts: Program is on Hiatus until 2021 due to Covid-19

Cost: $50/year, $4 adult/$2 Student drop-in


Competitive Table Tennis @ the Community Hub Gym

Leader: Brian Gibson, 902-532-1954.

Tuesday 7:00-9:00pm , Starts October 27, 2020

Cost: $50/year, $4 adult/$2 Student drop-in


Recreational Table Tennis @ the Community Hub Gym

Leader: Rita Ernestsons

Tuesday 1:00-3:00 & Thursday 1:00-3:00pm, Starts Mid October

Cost: $60/year, $4 adult drop in


Ball Hockey @ the Community Hub Gym

Leader: Alex Cranton

Thursday 8:00-9:30pm , Starts: December 2020, call 902-955-1205 for more info

Cost: $50/year, $4 adult/$2 Student drop-in


Friday Night Youth Basketball Training @ the Community Hub Gym 

Leader: Ryan Scranton

Fridays 7:00PM Starting October 2020

Cost: TBD

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

If the costs associated with any programs are a barrier to participation, please contact Annapolis Royal Recreation to discuss options.


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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