Seniors Programs, Events & Activities


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Keep in Touch with Your Municipal Physical Activity Strategy

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011





  • Cape Breton On-line Hub of Activities Including Physical Activity, Sports, Recreation

The Direct Route to information about Active Living on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – This is the starting point for families, including seniors, to find physical activity, recreation and sport activities in Victoria County, Inverness, Richmond, Port Hawkesbury, CBRM and Mi’Kmaw Communities throughout Cape Breton Island


  • Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program Since 2016

Loan Agreement for Gear Available at Baddeck Library, North Victoria Library Branch or the Victoria County Bookmobile.

Offers snowshoes and poles, cross country skis and poles, ski boots, walking poles, and ice grips. (Stabil Ice Traction Grips – Sizes: XL, L, M, Small – “Make Everyday Feel Like A Walk in The Park“)!

Check them out FREE for one week at a time with your library card. Available to all library patrons in Victoria County via Baddeck Branch and the Victoria County Bookmobile. Call 902 295 2055 for information!

The Cape Breton Regional Library is lending out a wide variety of sports equipment in Victoria County in partnership with the Victoria County Active Gear Loan Program. Available in Victoria County only, this program will provide FREE access to this equipment through the Baddeck and Ingonish Libraries and the Victoria County Bookmobile. There will be adult and children’s skis, boots, and poles; reflective safety vests; various sizes of ice traction cleats; and snowshoes and walking poles in a variety of sizes.


  • 5-2-1-0


  • 211


  • Mental Health (Tool Kit)


  • In partnership with the Cape Breton Regional Library at Baddeck Library was have a Spring/Summer walking program for seniors: Rise and Shine Program 2018 (June, July & August)


Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011 A Proud Partner of this New Program Benefiting Residents and Visitors. Tuesday & Thursday Morning 8 am with A Walk, Stretching, etc. with Local Leader Matthew Carmichael:


The program is directed at seniors in the surrounding areas. The goal is to introduce/continue a variety of physical activity in the lives of people in the area. Exercise has major benefits for older adults such as reduced risk of of heart disease, increased bone and muscle density, reduced risk of dementia, increased mental health functionality, etc.


The sessions take place twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday, 8 am-9 am), and run for an hour. The first 30 minutes consists of outdoor walking session around the Village of Baddeck (Water St, the bay, the museum, walking track, etc.). The next 30 minutes consists of a form of resistance training and a light stretch that would address the full body. A lot of these exercises done with resistance bands. Exercises such as chair squats, overhead presses, bridges, leg lifts/extensions, etc. Matthew has resistance and body weight programs for older adults, these can be modified depending on the fitness level of the participants.


The program is a great opportunity to take in the beauty of Baddeck in the summer time, socialize with fellow participants, and improve overall health. The program is focused on the senior population, but open to anyone that wants to join in.


Elders in our first nation community of Wagmatcook and all residents can participate in:

  • Wagmatcook Walking Program

Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre

FREE – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

7:00 – 8:00 pm

A friendly reminder:

-Indoor footwear (Dry sneakers)

-Stroller friendly (Dry wheels)

-Please bring your own bottled water (Vending machine available)

A community meeting on a walking program took place on Monday, February 12th at the culture centre. We’ll have walking Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 7-8 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

For further information, please contact Wagmatcook Physical Activity Coordinator Terry Bernard:

Proud Partners for Your Health:

-Wagmatcook First Nation

-Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre

-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

-Victoria County


  • Also, seniors participate in the 5th Season – Steps in Flight Walking Program 2019

–THANK YOU to the 77 Drop-in Walkers that participated in the Annual Steps in Flight Walking this past Winter 2018, it’s Greatly Appreciated–

See You January 2019 for Our 5th Season!

Started Jan. 3, 2018. Thank You Everyone for Your Support and Participation.

Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm!

Partners for Your Health:

◾Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

◾Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

◾Heart and Stroke Foundation and Walkabout in Partnership welcomes the successful and ever popular Annual (4th year!) Steps in Flight Walking & Mini-Steps Discovery Programs. (Began January 3, 2018) 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday to Friday! (Till the end of March 2018)


  • St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Hikes 2018-19

See you again November 2018 to March 2019!

The Saturday Afternoon Hiking Program. This initiative is sponsored by the St. Ann’s Bay Health Group. We welcome community participants, their friends and guests to our area. If you have a hike you’d like to see included or are willing to host a hike please contact Mary Ann Wilson (902-929-2472). Generally hikes begin at 1:00 pm and range from 1½–2½ hours to complete. As snow accumulates, we switch from hiking footwear to snowshoes. Poles, water, snack and appropriate outdoor wear are always recommended. Our goal is to combine physical exercise, in beautiful local settings with friendly socializing. All hikes are guided.

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

Saturday Afternoon Hikes—With winter, hikers must prepare themselves with adequate outerwear; layering is a good approach. Often a trail will lead to a site exposed to winds. As well until everything freezes up, the woods are wet so boots or water-resistant footwear is important for your comfort.


  • St Ann’s Seniors Healthy Luncheons (Nov. to March Annually)


St Ann’s Bay United Church Tea Room

Speaker at 11:00 am, lunch at 12:00 noon

i.e’s: Carole Lee Boutilier, “Adventures in Oregon”; Personnel from EHS; Dennis Laffan, “Arbor Day”; Jo-Ann Rolls, Ally Center of Cape Breton; Special Valentine presentation; Robert MacDonald, President & CEO, Nova Scotia Lung Association, “Radon Gas”; Natasha Brewer Program coordinator for “Volunteer Income Tax Program”; Fraser Patterson: Victoria County Age Friendly Plan; Brenda Nicholson: Healthy Brain

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


  • Seniors Skating


Friday mornings, 930 to 1130 am – Baddeck Rink



  • GreenGyms – (Outdoor fitness equipment) throughout Victoria County)


  • SENIORS SKI & TEA (North Highlands Nordic)

This ski/snowshoe program takes place on Tuesdays from 10:00 am and is open to all adults. Take advantage of instructional guided tours – ski, snowshoe or walk . . . just clock some kilometers one way or another, then gather in the ski room for tea time!!


  • Community Wellness Rooms throughout Victoria County including:

Baddeck Academy Community Wellness Room Season 6 Report

November 14, 2017 to April 30, 2018

Thank You for Contributing to the Success of the 6th Season of our Community Wellness Room located at Baddeck Academy. Leaders reported 470 drop-ins & 23 registrants Nov. 14, 2017 to April 30, 2018. It’s Greatly Appreciated.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays (Last day was April 30th, 2018 – we’ll see you for season 7, 2018-19 beginning November 13th, 2018!)

6-8 pm – Baddeck Academy

Ages 16 & up

Leaders Cecil Kerr: 902.295.0817 & Cindy MacLeod (A BIG THANK YOU to our Leaders for Your Commitment every year, it’s truly appreciated)

Your Partners in Health:

-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011

-Municipality of the County of Victoria

-Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage


-Baddeck Academy

-Cape Breton Family Place Resource Centre Society

  • Fitness (Yoga, Zumba, Pilates, etc.)

  • Sailing:

Annual Bras d’Or Yacht Club Regatta Week

Location: Baddeck / Date: August 5 – August 11


  • Curling:


  • Archery (Bras d’Or Archers Association & Highland Bow & Arrow)


  • Encourage seniors, residents to be naturally active for life through:


Walking Routes

Festiville Baddeck

FestiVille Baddeck is a street festival for all ages. Our third annual FestiVille will be bigger and better than ever. Come experience our Village at its finest with buskers, music, dance, local foods, artisans and so much more. We are celebrating 2 nights this summer, July 9 & August 6, 2018, free of charge, from 6:00 PM–9:00 PM, on the Main Street in Baddeck. For more information visit our website.

Location: Baddeck / Dates: July 9 & August 6, 2018




Downhill Skiing – Ski Cape Smokey:


  • Ticks, Lyme Disease Awareness


  • Safe Driving


  • Wildlife Safety – Live, Play in Our Natural Environment (Moose, Coyotes, Bears)


Encourage Physical Activity, Sports & Recreation through our Annual Events:

  • 7th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge June 30, July 1, 2018 (Running)

  • 7th Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest Active Fest October 5-31, 2018

(Hiking, walking, music, entertainment, ceilidhs, suppers, etc.)

  • 8th Annual Victoria County Embrace Winter ActiveFest 2019

Embrace Winter – Join us Feb. 8 to March 17, 2019 in Nova Scotia’s Outdoor Destination All Seasons – Victoria County, Cape Breton for snowshoe hikes, downhill & cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, drive the world famous Cabot Trail (Winter as magical as the other seasons!), entertainment, yoga, fitness, walking, luncheons, square dancing, skating, healthy eating, ceilidhs and a whole lot more for the entire family – It is a great way to get out, enjoy winter and our great natural environment! Beat the winter blues, “Take The Roof Off Winter” & “Make Room For Play” for you & your family, new & old friends, neighbors & co-workers. Enjoy. Take a camera and share your magical winter moments #explorecbwinter #hikecapebreton #followyourheart #victoriacounty #NA4LVC #explorecb #explorecanada #parkscanada

  • 3rd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2019

  • 8th Annual Victoria County Trails Day May 31 to June 2, 2019

  • Annual Christmas in Baddeck – November 2019

  • Annual Canada Day in Victoria County


Annual Canada Health Day – Social, Tea & Luncheon, Bake Sale, Displays


  • St. Ann’s Community Event Sheet – Monthly (Seniors events, programs, activities)


  • Victoria County Events – June 2018

  • Victoria County Events – July 2018

  • Victoria County Events – August 2018


  • Celtic Colours 2018 – Celtic Colours International Festival

Celtic Colours is an experience like no other. For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is alive with music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate our rich culture. From concerts to dances and workshops to community suppers, we offer a full range of events against a gorgeous backdrop of autumn colours.

Location: Throughout Cape Breton / Date: October 5 – October 13