2016-17 (Year 6 End Year Report/Highlights)

2016-17 Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Year End Report

(April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017)

Supported in Partnership Benefiting All Victoria County Residents & Visitors in All Areas:
Thank You Volunteers, Leaders, Community Organizations, Service Providers, Facility Operators, Partners, Strategy Partnership, Strategy Implementation Team (VCAN-Victoria County Action Network), Council & Staff, Residents & Visitors for Contributing to our Successes in partnership with your Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

2016-2017 Accomplishments





22% of ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬ Residents have Increased their Levels of Physical Activity since the start of the ‪#‎MunicipalPhysicalActivityStrategy‬ June 13, 2011 (‪#‎Source‬: #VictoriaCounty ‪#‎PhysicalActivity‬ ‪#‎CommunitySurvey‬ Nov. 2015)

Physical Activity Strategy (Est. 2011) Updated By Strategy Partnership & Implementation Team (VCAN) & Approved by Municipal Council : Year 6 – 1 Year Renewal, 2016-17:



Naturally Active for Life Victoria County New Strategy BRANDING

  • Moving Forward Aligned with the “Active for Life” National, Provincial & Regional Movement:



  • Wagmatcook Learn to Swim Program
Wagmatcook Health Centre
  • Wagmatcook Learn to Surf Program
Wagmatcook Health Centre
  • International Trails Day Hike
  • 1st Health & Wellness Day – Physical Activity
Cabot Education Centre
  • Wagmatcook Little League Baseball
Wagmatcook Health Centre
  • Outdoor Target Archery
Bras d’Or Archers Association
  • AED & Protective Case
Baddeck Academy
  • Family Yoga
Cape Breton Regional Library
  • NSSAF Celebration of School Sport
Baddeck Academy
  • Baddeck Duathlon
Baddeck Duathlon Association
  • Family Yoga 
Middle River Recreation Assoc
  • Midget (Under 16 years) Cape Breton West Basketball
Basketball Cape Breton Assoc
  • Beginner Yoga Program
  • Yoga Program
North Highlands Community Organization
  • Yoga for Students
Cabot School
  • 4th Annual Health & Wellness Day (Since 2013) – Baddeck Academy
  • Wagmatcook Little League Baseball
Wagmatcook Health Centre
  • Outdoor Target Archery
Bras d’Or Archers Association
  • AED & Protective Case
Baddeck Academy
  • Family Yoga
Cape Breton Regional Library
  • Wagmatcook Midget & Bantam Basketball
Wagmatcook Health Centre
  • Yoga 
Dingwall Recreation Society
Weekly Yoga for Everyone CBRL – Baddeck Library
Yoga Classes MacAskill’s Association
Square Dance Program Iona Grandona Royal Cdn Legion




Facility Access Assistance Funds 2016-2017

  • —Community Wellness Room Baddeck Academy
  • —3rd Annual Merry 7Mas Skates 2016 – 17
  • —Ski Cape Smokey Open House 2017
  • —Ski Cape Smokey Community Wellness Room
  • —South Haven Community Club Square Dancing
  • —St Ann’s Bay Development Assoc Minute for Fitness, St Ann’s Seniors Luncheons)
  • —Baddeck Adult Basketball
  • —North Highland Nordic Open House
  • —Middle River Recreation Association Ballet Program
  • —Dingwall Recreation Society Seniors Fitness at Capstick Manor
  • —Community Skating Event Victoria Highland Civic Centre
  • —Grandona Royal Cdn Legion Square Dance Lessons —
  • —Heritage Day Free Skate (“Hello Winter” Baddeck Event)
  • ——Baddeck Library Winter Family Yoga
  • —St. Michael’s Parish Hall L. MacInnis Yoga
  • —CBVRSB Adult Badminton
  • —Northern Victoria Community Centre Assoc Walking Track
  • —Highland Manor Municipal Housing Corp Community Gym
  • —Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc Wellness Walkers
  • —North Highlands Nordic Jack Rabbit & Learn to Cross Country Ski
  • —CCBCVI –  Back to Basics Fitness and Adult Chair Fitness
  • —Crowdis Mountain Snowmobile Club Groomed, Track Set X-country ski trails
  • —North Highlands Nordic Bunny Rabbit Program
  • —St Michael’s Parish Hall Kundalini Yoga
  • —Smokey Recreational Society Pain Free Postural Align Workshop
  • —Baddeck Womens Rec Hockey Ice time Rental Baddeck Rink
  • —St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group Society Pain Free – Postural Alignment Workshop
Cape North Farmers Market Community Garden: Bay St Lawrence
  “Fruitful Border, Grove in the Bay
Victoria Highland Civic Centre Heritage Day Free Skate (Hello Winter Baddeck Event 2017)
St Michaels Parish Hall Comfort Station, Headquarters Heritage Day in Baddeck
BADDECK AND AREA MINOR HOCKEY SOCIETY Novice 1 Development Team – One Day Tournament (4 other teams) March 5, 2017
Big Bras d’Or Fire Dept Bouladerie Island Dalem Lake Snow Fun 2017
McCarthy Signs Co. Ltd  Cross-country Ski Signage for Groomed Multi-use Trails (Baddeck & Area)
Baddeck Curling Club Curling during Heritage Day 2017
Cape Breton Regional Library Renovations to equipment Room at baddeck library
Inverary Resort & Ceilidh Country Lodge Baddeck Heritage Day – Swimming and Wrap-up Family Dance
Victoria Highland Civic Centre 2 free family skates March Break madness
Baddeck Rugby Club Wagmatcookeway School
Kettle Bell Fitness Program
Spartan mini trampoline, cast iron kettlebells
Soundafex Headset
Patricia Fricker Leadership – Kettle Bell Circuit Program
Patricia Fricker Paricipant water Bottles
Colbourne’s Trophy & Embroidery Inc 22 cinch Bags with crest
St John’s Anglican Church Hall Hall Rental for kettle Bell Program
Baddeck and Area Groomed X-Country Ski Trails
snowgroomers.net trakor standard, 12 wing set
Bell Bay Golf Course Grooming, snow removal, plowing, gas for snowmobile, equipment maintenance


  • —Michael Haynes Presentations (3)–Best of TransCanadaTrail
  • —Vibe Creative Group Updated NA4LVC Branding Logo
  • —Patsy MacKenzie Elementary & Family Yoga Booklets
  • —FestiVille Baddeck 2016
  • —Christmas in Baddeck 2016
  • —”Hello Winter” Baddeck Event 2017 & Heritage Day 2017
  • —Cape Breton Fiddlers Run Health Expo Display Booth
  • —Vibe Creative Group Scenic Cycling and Hiking Maps Updated
  • —Annual Clean NS “Card of Thanks” Volunteers Baddeck Event
  • —2nd Annual Sobeys Winter Wellness Fair 2017 – Display
  • —Cape Breton Nordic Ski Club 
  • —Cape Breton Connect Partnership – Launch 
  • —211 Presentations in Victoria County (2)
  • —Dr Chris Milburn “Active for Life” Presentations (2)
  • —Kidston Island Curling Classic Curling Stones Sponsorship


  • Cape Breton Connect – https://capebretonconnect..ca/  THE DIRECT ROUTE – Connect with hundreds of physical activity, recreation & sport opportunities in your community in Victoria County and throughout Cape Breton
  • Nova Scotia Connect – www.nsconnect.ca – Connect with hundreds of physical activity, recreation & sport opportunities in Nova Scotia


Web:  www.naturallyactiveforlifevictoriacounty.com


—Views               16,549

—Visitors             6,987

—Views per visit   2.37

—Posts published   50

  All-time Posts, Views & Visitors:

—Posts                 469

—Views               44,508

—Visitors             19,357

—Best ever:         875 (Jan. 6, 2015)



—The Power of Social Media

# of people who have seen any content associated with Our FaceBook Page (Sept. 1, 2016 to Feb. 19, 2017) 824,690 – i.e. – Reach: Feb. 13-19, 2017: 2,634 (Up 30%)

SPECIAL EVENTS 2016 – 2017

  • —Washabuck Community Centre    2017 Snowshoe Event
  • —Bras d’Or Yacht Club     Sunrise Yoga & Breakfast
  • —HARBOUR AUTHORITY OF BIG BRAS D’OR SOCIETY    Yoga, Drum and Dance Event 2017
  • —ENGLISHTOWN COMMUNITY HALL ASSOCIATION    St. Paddy’s Day Shindig Mini-carnival
  • —Cape Breton Regional Library    Eat Drink Be Healthy
  • —North Highlands Nordic                       Guided Snowshoe Hike
  • —JJ McDermott Long John Jaunt 2017  Cape Breton Fiddlers Run
Annual Hike NS HikeVictoria Winter Snowshoe Guided Hikes Series 2017 Franey, Skyline, Smokey Mtn Towers, uisge ban falls
  , middle river baddeck commute

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County‬ Received ‪#‎ACOA‬ Funding for Three 2016-2017 Special Events:

Destination Cape Breton (June 30, 2016) https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/

-5th Annual Victoria County Trails Day Since 2012 (June 4 & 5, 2016)

  • Walk on the Wildside Youth Event (Old Horse Track, Baddeck)
  • North River Falls Hike
  • Ocean’s Day Walk (Iona)
  • Spinnigan’s Hike
  • Gold Brook Mine Hike

5th Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest ActiveFest (Oct. 15-31, 2016):

  • Ingonish Development Society
Huckle Buckle

-4th Annual Bike Victoria Week June 3-12, 2016 (Since 2013)

-5th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge 2016 (Since 2012):

  • Baddeck Runners Club
  • Englishtown Community Hall Association

FestiVille Baddeck (2016)

“Hello Winter” Baddeck Event 2017


  • Steps in Flight Walking Program – Bell Museum National Historic Site
  • Mini-Steps Discovery Centre  Program – Bell Museum National Historic Site

Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program victoriacountyactiveoutdoorgearloanprogramreportjan14tofeb232017

Equipment: —Snowshoes & Poles, —Ice Traction Stabilizers, —Nordic Walking Poles, —Ski Poles, Boots & Skis and —Reflective Vests Partners: Cape Breton Regional Library, NS Dept Communities, Culture & Heritage, Victoria County, NA4LVC, Baddeck Library, North Victoria Library Branch https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/active-outdoor-gear-loan-program

  • Healthy Eating in Physical Activity, Recreation & Sports Settings Draft Policy Approved by Municipal Council (July 25, 2016 – Victoria County HERSS
Partners: NS Health Authority, Public Health, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County, Victoria County; Victoria County Organizations & Facility Operators


After School Time Period (ASTP) 

  • Baddeck Academy
  • Cabot School
GO (“Girls Only” Program)

Healthy Snacks for Learn to Run Program Cabot May 1 – June 30, 2016
  • Wagmatcookewey School
E’pite’ji’jk Pasik (GO-Girls Only)
  • —Cape Smokey School Learn to Skate Program / Helmets
  • 3rd Annual Santa’s Workshop   Bay St Lawrence Community Centre
  • —Baddeck Academy & Wagmatcookewey School  School Skates
  • —Boularderie School    After-school Yoga
  • —Baddeck Academy     After-school Yoga
  • Smokey Recreation Society    Learn to Skate, Learn to Hockey
  • —Smokey Recreation Society    Active Pass / Little Penguins
  • —Canadian Ski Patrol – Cabot Zone  Ski Cape Smokey
  • —Bay St Lawrence Community Centre  Hockey, B’ball, crafts, baking, Youth Paint
  • —Victoria Highland Civic Centre  After-school skates
  • —Victoria Highland Civic Centre  After-school Special Events skates
  • —Patricia Fricker, KettleBell     10 wk lymphatic drain  through exercise
  • —North Highlands Nordic          Cool Kids Saturdays – x-country skiing
    Healthy Snacks for Learn to Run Program Cabot School

    Cabot Educational Centre Skiing, Ski Cape Smokey
    Cabot Educational Centre Healthy Meal Cards for Students
    Dancing River Sprite Hike & Refreshments
    City Printers ASTP Pull-up Banner


  • —Summer Intensive 200 hr Yoga in schools/Studio Teacher Training, Halifax
  • —YMCA Older Adults Fitness Certification
  • —Step Dancing Teaching Royal Cdn Legion Grandona Branch 124
  • —Potential Yoga Studio Certified Laughter Yoga TT Leader Training
  • —Can-fit pro; cpr; personal trainor; active ageing; healthy weightloss coach
  • —Teacher Training – Laughter Yoga and Benefits-3 in 1 consult Dawn Lea Greer
  • —Mobility Training—
  • Butternut Consulting
Navigation Course Spring 2016
  • BaM Cape Breton
Eskasoni High School Spring 2016 Spring 2016 School Teams Leadership Conference
YMCA Older Adults Fitness Certification Spring 2016 Baddeck Academy Little gym rental/access
  • Integrative Nutrition Head Coach
Health, Wellness & Active Living Coach
  • Wagmatcook Health Centre
June 16-19, 2016 2nd Petapan 1st Light Symposium
  • Prenatal Yoga Certification
  • Wagmatcook Health Centre
June 10-12, 2016 NCCP Certification Course
  • Victoria County Athletic Club
Soccer NS Referee

Entry level course

  • L.MacInnis Yoga
Nov 4-7, 2016 Kino MacGregor Workshop Ashtanga Yoga Certification
  • High Five Membership
Recreation NS 2016 to 2017 High Five Nova Scotia Municipal Membership 2016
Active Ageing Certificate Jan. 27, 2017
Rugby Instruction Certification Feb. 24, 2017 Mini-rugby and Teenagers


Municipal Employees:

  • —Active Living Subsidization Program (Year 2)
  • —Skate – Victoria Highland Civic Centre

Victoria County

  • —Victoria County Workplace Wellness Network
  • Wellness Zone Publication
Skilven Publications (Municipal)
Highland Manor Municipal Housing Corporation Staff Gym


  • ——Square Dance Program Iona Grandona Royal Cdn Legion
  • Bay St Lawrence Community Centre
North Highlands Orchard Project
  • 1st Health & Wellness Day – Health Eating
Cabot School
  • Bras d’Or Yacht Club
Healthy Lunches for BYC Jr Sailing Regatta Week 2016 (Since 2012)
  • Cape North Farmers Market Coop
Encouraging food production in Victoria County
  • St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group Society
Seniors Luncheon April 6th 2016
  • ACAP Cape Breton
Food Upskilling Festival Spring 2016
  • Baddeck Academy
4th Annual Health & Wellness Day

Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings


NS Health Authority, Public Health, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), Victoria County, Victoria County Organizations and Facility Operators

  • —Approved Draft Policy by Municipal Council
  • —Tool Kits Developed

—Funding Assistance: $34,277.60 in Applications for $10,000 Funding. 

2016-17 Successful Applications:

Organization Project  
South Haven Community Hall Refrigerator
Washabuck Community Centre Refrigerator
St Ann’s Bay United Church Hall Refrigerator
Smokey Recreational Society Refrigerator
Victoria Highland Civic Centre Refrigerator
North of Smokey Food Bank Refrigerator
Cape North Farmers Market Co-op Ltd Cider/Juice Press