Step Dance Classes

Classes are held Monday evenings at St. Michaels Hall in Baddeck. Everyone welcome!

  • Age 3/4
  • Grades 2/3
  • Grade 8+
  • Adult

For further information, please contact Sarah Doran

HELD – Studio Drawing

Meadowbrook Studio in Goose Cove. No experience necessary. Sessions include a light-hearted, hands-on, experimental approach with some instruction/direction or just join the group and draw on your own. $10 a session for adults, $5 for young people under 18. Contact Jane at 902-929-2014 or

Yoga with Jackie

Middle River Community Hall
6:30 pm

Rent-A-Guard (Lifeguard – Swimming)

Please fill out the specifics of your requirements on the Rent-A-Guard Form. Please go to either to either or

If you have any questions, please contact

Hylda Galley – Member Services Manager, Lifesaving Society – NS Branch

5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor, Halifax, NS  B3J 1G6

Tel: 902-425-5450 ext. 323 / Fax: 902-425-5606

Time Bank

With over 30 neighbors having signed up to Time Bank, the list of skills people are offering vary from a trip to the landfill, advice on a vegetarian diet to picking up prescriptions and groceries in town. Others are looking for help with planning their garden to wood stacking. To see the list click on: and look at “offers” and “requests”. Joining is simple—click on the “join” link in upper right corner. If you aren’t computer savvy, leave a message at the St. Ann’s Health Centre (902-929-2712) for Patsy and she will get in touch to help.

Time Bank Update

With over 30 neighbours having signed up to Time Bank, the list of skills people are offering vary from a trip to the landfill, advice on a vegetarian diet to picking up prescriptions and groceries in town. Others are looking for help with planning their garden to wood stacking. To see the list visit our website at and look at “offers” and “requests”. Joining is simple—click on the “join” link in upper right corner. If you aren’t computer savvy, leave a message at the Health Centre (902-929-2712) for Patsy and she will get in touch to help.

For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at:

HELD – Spring Ball Hockey 2017

To everyone interested in playing ball hockey thus spring it started May 15th, 2017!

It runs on Mondays and Wednesdays for 4 weeks. The time is 5-6 pm for 6-9 year olds , and from 615-715 pm for ages 10-15. Helmets , gloves and a stick are needed.

Please spread the word to other communities.

The fee is only $40 (Note: Need to be paid up front). Please send registration and payment to


HELD – VCFC Summer Soccer Program

  • Ages U-4, U-6, U-8 and U-10

Fee: Only $90 

Program begins June 20th, 21st 2017 

For more information contact Elyane Saul


HELD – Postural Therapy Program—four one-hour sessions—June 6, 9, 13 and 16, 10:00 am at Knox Hall in Baddeck. Introduction to postural therapy to alleviate chronic joint pain and related conditions. No charge to participants. Sponsored by Naturally Active Program. First session is to explain Postural Therapy. “We will decide at this session which joints we should address at the following three sessions (i.e. hips, knees, neck/upper back, migraine headaches). I will discuss the joint mechanics and its relation to the body as a unit, and put you through a 3 or 4 gentle exercise menu which should relieve muscle tension in the body.” Marcelle Lavoie, Postural Therapy Practitioner. For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at

St. Ann’s Postural Therapy and Joint Pain Program held with Leader Marcelle Lavoie–ann.html

HELD – Learn to Skate – Winter 2017 A SUCCESS


HELD – Jan 18 – March 8, 2017 from 5 – 5:50 pm. For brand new skaters to kids who skate well! This program was for kids to learn to skate better as well! A fun atmosphere with friends to learn to skate. The cost was only $80 and if someone wanted to try it for the first week, they were welcome to do that and pay the rest the next week when the child is sure they wanted to participate

Youth Group

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

St. Andrew’s Memorial Hall, North River Bridge

Adult Chair Fitness Class

Improve your range of motion, coordination, strength and balance.  Participants will do aerobic, strength training and stretching exercises while seated in a chair.  Bring light weights or two bottles of water to use as weights. Class suitable for persons with all ranges of mobility. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.  Bring a bottle of water. Tuesdays:  10:30 – 11:30, starting Jan 17, St. Columba Parish Centre. Instructor:  Theresa MacLean PTS, FIS. If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows the class will be cancelled for the day.  Cost: $5.00 per class.

Sponsored and Supported by: Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee and Naturally Active for Life Victoria County

Back to Basics Fitness Class

 Thinking of starting an exercise program or expanding on your current workout? Join us for the The Back to Basics Workout.  This workout involves; cardio, weight training, and stretching. Bring your yoga mat, hand weights and skipping rope. Thursdays:  10:30 – 11:30, starting January 19, St. Columba Parish Centre. Instructor:  Theresa MacLean PTS, FIS. If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows the class will be cancelled for the day.  Cost: $5.00 per class. Sponsored and Supported by: Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee and Naturally Active for Life Victoria County 

Gentle, Restorative Yoga

Tuesdays (Begins February 7th)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Baddeck Library

Take some “you time” with weekly relaxing yoga sessions at Baddeck Library, led by instructor Patsy MacKenzie. Sessions are offered Tuesday mornings before the library opens for the day, and they’re free. All are welcome! Proudly Supported by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), Baddeck Library, Cape Breton Regional Library, NS Thrive and NS Dept of Communities, Culture & Heritage

Seated Shen Zhen Gong


11 AM – 12 PM

Baddeck Library

Ten week session of sitting Shen Zhen Gong (a form developed by Master Li Jen Feng) started Wednesday, January 25, 11:00 a.m. – noon. Instructor Sarah MacDonald is a qualified practitioner.

Sheng Zhen Gong strengthens the body, relaxes the mind, balances the emotions, and reduces stress. Sessions are free, and all are welcome.

Gentle, Restorative Yoga

Tuesdays, 2016
Baddeck Library
10:30 – 11:30 am
Certified Leader Instructor Patsy MacKenzie
Proudly Supported By Your Partners in Health:
-Baddeck Library
-CBRL: Cape Breton Regional Library
-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
-Victoria County

Weaving Classes


Instructor: Dianne Quimby

Where: Gaelic College Weaving Centre

Cost: $80 (additional fees for materials used)

Contact: Call Dianne at 902-945-2226 or email

Ages: 12-18 | Beginner or Advanced Beginner

Learn to weave starting at square one

Ages: 18+ | Beginner to Skilled Weaver

Learn to weave or refresh your weaving skills


Indian Brook Fire Hall, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 2017 is a tournament at 7:00 p.m. Bring a partner. Other Mondays, 7:30 p.m.

Foot Clinics 

Call Nancy for appointment @ 902.929.2745

makingtrackslogoMaking Tracks 

A Nova Scotia curriculum-linked program for learning to bike, skateboard, scooter, and walk.  It helps children and youth develop active transportation skill competency, confidence and safety, and encourages them to choose active transportation as a means to travel within their communities

Find out more about Making Tracks here: and here,

Thier Walking Safety program helps children learn about the rules for walking and crossing the street, how to dress appropriately for weather and terrain, and how to deal with some of the dangers they may encounter

They have resource manuals and passports available for those trained in Making Tracks to use.  We also offer free loans of cycling tool kits, safety kits, skateboards, scooters and safety gear to assist your program once you’ve taken our leader training (train-the-trainer) and you’re ready to deliver a program. Check out their resources here:

Also, there is also a great video on YouTube featuring their former Youth AT Coordinator, Jen McGowan, and our Making Tracks Project Officer, Adam Berry, who leads many of the MT events that they offer:

If you have any questions, please contact: Stephanie Johnstone-LauretteYouth Active Transportation Coordinator, 2705 Fern Lane, Halifax NS, B3K 4L3 / tel. 902.562.5371

Chair Yoga


Proudly Supported in Partnership by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

See You for the 2017-18 Season! – Women’s Hockey in Baddeckstevemacdermidmemorial-hockeytourneypic2014

Sundays 5:45pm

Fee: Only $10.00

All ages and skill levels welcome.

For info contact: Elyane at

See You for the 2017-18 Season! – Women’s Basketball in Baddeckbaddeckbballtournament

Wednesday 7:00pm Baddeck Academy

Price $5.00

For info contact: Elyane at



9:30 – 10:30 am

Indian Brook Fire Hall. $5 drop in or $25 for all sessions November through March. Questions or registration contact Rosemary McLean, 929-2727


Learn to Meditate


All library programs are FREE, and everyone is welcome. Call the library at 902 295 2055 for more information!

Closed for the Season – Square Dance Lessons

With Cathy and Clay Carmichael, Tuesdays at South Haven Hall from 7:00 to 9:00. For beginner to seasoned dancers. $5.00 per session. For information call Cathy at 929-2512

Proudly Supported By Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) for the past four seasonsFor the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at

Family Square Dancing Ceilidh


The Iona Legion has teamed up with Naturally Active for Life Victoria County and Cape Breton District Health Authority in an effort to promote healthy living and exercise by hosting monthly Family Square Dancing Ceilidhs. We encourage people of all ages to take part in this great opportunity to teach our youth traditional Scottish dancing, excellent form of exercise, and all while having fun for all ages. We are also looking for leaders to help organize and assist with this venture, please let us know that you are willing to help us out.

The next Family Square Dance Ceilidh: June 30, 2017
Music by: Joe MacMaster
Admission: Free!

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Proudly Supported by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County

BaddeckRugbyClubLogoBaddeck Rugby Club


Goal of introducing basic rugby principles and flag rugby skills in a fun environment for kids. All you need to play is shorts and sneakers.

HELD – Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 2:00pm is Baddeck Rugby Club Family Day 


Unbelievable wrap-up to the Baddeck Rugby Club Mini-Program Oct. 14th at a nice field – Scott Willamson’s. Thank you Baddeck Rugby Club members, organization on a great season and evening last night – your commitment, leadership, passion, expertise, positive enthusiasm and excellent mentorship for our children and youth. THANK YOU. Nice hospitality + huge bon-fire last night, appreciated. Thank You to Brock Fownes / Brian MacLeod / Robin Stuart and Scott Williamson for all the coaching in rugby this year . Great last rugby game and bbq was great . Thankyou Scott for permitting us to use your field once again this year for the bbq .

HELD – Mini-Rugby Registration June 3, 2017

9 am to 10:30 am

39 Grant Street, Baddeck ( Knox Church hall).

– for more information email – Registration is free. optional (free-will offering). There are 3 Mini Rugby groups the third group maximum age is 12 years old. So, our groups are

1. Activate 3-6 years old

2. FUNdamentals 7-9-year-old

3. Learn to Train 10-12 years old.

There is an older group for teenagers being organized also, for ages 13-15 and 16-19



For more information on Baddeck Rugby, please contact Brian Macleod by e-mail to

Cape Breton Highlands DOJO Karate Club

 Visit their website: event:


 Bras D’Or Archers Association



Come join us for some fun and physical activity. Equipment available for use.

Bras d’Or Archery Club Started April 15, 2017

Regular  schedule meets on Tuesday April 17th at 7 PM. Meets will occur on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 PM and Sunday afternoon from 2-5 PM. Times and days will be discussed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). If anyone has any suggestions regarding this issue, please bring them forward then.

There is equipment available for use by new and novice archers. Targets set-up at 10M, 18M, and 25M. Come out and start to reap the health benefits of archery.

Highland Bow & Arrow

Opened June 2, 2017 – 11:00 am–6:00 pm.

Until June 15, 2017 all sessions for ages 12 and up are $25 (+ HST). Visit website:, Facebook: @HighlandBowCapeBreton, Instagram: @HighlandBow, Email:

Traditional bows and 100% recycled targets | Field Archery course available soon.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Archery:

1) Improved hand-eye coordination and balance: Archery trains the hands to work together while performing different tasks, aiming and firing the arrow based on input from your eyes. Coordination improves with repetition and practice. Balance is also paramount to success in archery, as the body must be held still while aiming and making a shot. Over time, the core becomes better at gaining control of the body’s balance and helps with more accurate shooting.

2) Hand and finger flexibility: Finger and hand strength increase in archery. They also become more flexible because they are fully in use while aiming at the target.

3) Strength building: The arms, core, hands, chest and shoulders are all used when practicing a proper draw. Similar to lifting weights, the tension on these muscle groups is typically maintained for several seconds before the archer releases the string to fire an arrow. With repetition, the act of drawing and firing a bow leads to muscle development in most of the major muscle groups of the upper body.

4) Increased patience: Most people can use a lesson in patience, and archery helps with that. This is a sport that requires patience because it is not about speed but about precision – and precision can take time.

5) Increased focus: Archers need to tune out all distractions, focus on their form, and release the bowstring consistently. The concentration practiced during archery can help with coping in high-pressure situations, and in day-to-day life as well.

6) Improves confidence: In archery, competition can be against others or against oneself. Because of this, results are measurable and improvement in one’s form and technique results in a boost in self-esteem and self-confidence.

7) Is a social sport: People of any age and from many walks of life enjoy archery. Almost every age group can participate, competitors from the age of 6 all the way into their 80s are shooting. It also teaches the benefits of teamwork in some cases with some competitions involving groups of people.

8) Is a form of exercise: At competition level, archers walk the equivalent of five miles (8km), carrying heavy loads during a day’s event. In addition, Prevention magazine says drawing a bow burns about 140 calories per half-hour, the same as walking at a brisk, 3.5-mph pace. We wrote about the health benefits of walking here.

9) Relaxation: Releasing an arrow, watching it fly, and having it hit a target can relieve stress. The act of focusing while building strength and confidence is overall a satisfying and relaxing experience.

10) Open to all: Archery can be done by both able bodied and disabled people. People with the most severe disabilities and even the blind, use special tactile equipment and are able to join in – making this a great family sport!

See you at the rink / range!!

For further information, please contact Stephen Kerr by e-mail:

Proudly Supported By Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Adult Badminton


OPENS FOR THE SEASON – Oct 2nd, 2017 @ 6:00 pm badminton starts up again . Please spread the word ! See everyone there!

Baddeck Academy

Mondays: 6 to 8 pm – no school, no program
Fee: Only $3

Partners for Your Health:
CB-VRSB, Baddeck Academy, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) and NS Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage

Baddeck/Whycocomagh Bobcats Minor Hockey

For further information, please contact Leigh Anne Buchanan, Registrar:

 Mens Basketball Program


6:30 – 8:00 pm

Baddeck Academy – No school, no program. Jason Smith is Program leader.

Community-use time proudly supported by Naturally Active Victoria County.

45’s card games

Rink Building in Ingonish Beach
Sundays … games start at 7pm … $3 per person… 50\50 tickets will be sold… and refreshments available..Come out and beat the winter blues and have some fun!

Adult Skates

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON – Fridays, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Victoria Highland Civic Centre, Baddeck
Only $5.00/Skater – A chance for physical activity, entertainment socializing with new and old friends.

45’s Card Games


Big Bras d’Or Fire Hall
Every Monday Night
7:00 pm

Pre-School Play Group


Big Bras d’Or Fire Hall
Tuesday Mornings, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm

Paul Gatchell Singing Classes

Big Bras d’Or Fire Hall
Tuesday Afternoons, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Ten weeks for $50 or $6/class. Please call 674-2374 for further information.


The Old School House Hooking Group

Big Bras D’Or Fire Hall
Wednesday Afternoons, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

MACS (Monday Afternoon Crafts)

A Social Group that meets every Monday afternoon at the Ross Ferry Fire Hall. Bring your project (Knitting, crocheting, etc.) or just bring your lovely self! All are welcome! Please join them from 1-3 pm. Contact Terri for further information 902.674.0148 or

Step Dance Lessons

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With Margie Beaton
Gaelic College
Wednesday evenings
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

To register e-mail or call 295-3411

Gaelic Classes



Started January 14, 2017

Beginner Language Class, Song Class, Youth Class, Gaelic Social Gathering 

Conversational Gaelic

Mondays – 10:00 am to noon

44667 Cabot Trail Road. Beginner level and up, learning together. Contact Nona MacDonald-Dyke at (902) 304-1686 or In lieu of payment, please donate to a food bank or charity of your choice.

10 Week Beginner Gaelic Class

6:30 – 9:30 pm
Greenwood Manse with instructor Joyce MacDonald. Fàilte ro’n a h-uile duine


HELD – 1st Season 2017 Over! Bras d’Or Lakes Day Camps Registration for Summer Day Camp:
Interested parents/guardians can download the form from the website/following link and return it to them filled out.:
Bras d’Or Lake Day Camp Association – Summer Day Camp 2017 Information Downloadable for your Convenience:


Bras d’Or Lake Day Camp Association – Summer Day Camp 2017 Registration Form Downloadable for Your Convenience:






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