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.



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
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