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Municipality of Chester

From outdoor and indoor skating rinks to cross-country trails perfect for skiing and snowshoeing, to terrific toboggan hills, we've got plenty of ways to stay active this winter.

Charles E. Church Memorial Park Recreational Centre located in the Village of Chester is home to both hockey and curling leagues.

Waist down of hockey player wearing blue holding a hockey stick skating on ice.

Winter is a great time to explore the community of New Ross with ample opportunity for outdoor skating, sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and plentiful snowmobiling trails, not to mention all the indoor fun they have on the go like variety shows, dance recitals, and community suppers. Be sure to see the entire list of their winter events.

Person wearing snow shoes walking their fluffy cream dog in the snow.

Fantastic family programming is a year-round staple at Ross Farm Museum so you know they are always the place to go for interactive experiences. Winter is no exception where you can visit the heritage buildings, meet the animals, take a nature walk along their interpretive trails, and of course visit their well-stocked gift shop. Weekends at Ross Farm are filled with historical hands-on workshops and demonstrations such as rug-hooking workshops, tatting demonstrations, and toboggan and snowshoe making just to name a few. You can find a complete list of their events on their website.

View from horse drawn carriage of two horses facing bare trees in a forest and a snow covered path fenced in by a log fence.

If you're leaning towards free-wheelin' then be sure to get in on all the fun of the annual Shore Riders ATV Club Fish and Chip Rally held at the end of January starting from the Chester Basin Legion. It's an action-packed day of great trails with a canteen on the trail featuring their famous Fish and Chips. Chester Basin Legion hosts a breakfast the morning of.

ATVs lining the side of a dirt trail in pine woods. Caption reads "South Riders ATV Club."

Oak Island Resort has a sensational array of themed weekends throughout the winter from Fitness & Wellness Retreats to Just the Girls Getaways, to their Winter Treasures of the Sea Concert Series and many more.

Man Playing an acoustic guitar in dim light.

Staying inside in the warmth doesn't mean you can't stay active - check out our indoor option for winter workouts. Forest Heights High School and Aspotogan Consolidated Schools are both home to many fitness classes through the winner and their gyms are available for rental too!

Two women in winter coats standing on snoe by a bench posing with their arms out and smiling. Ocean and island view in the background.

The Lobster Crawl Festival takes place all along the South Shore of Nova Scotia for the entirety of the month of February.

Some experiences in this event include:

  • Sample dozens of variations of the traditional Lobster Roll and lobster-infused dishes at participating restaurants.
  • Sample Lobster Ale.
  • Check out Locke’s Island Lobster Wool.
  • Discover Lobster Lore - the art, music, stories, and traditions shaped by the Lobster Industry.
  • Learn to create your own nautical treasures and souvenirs.
  • Discover how the lobster industry works.

Lobster meal with fries on a table with decorative lobster, star fish, and oil lamp by it. Lobster Crawl logo on top with the caption "Nova Scotia's South Shore Lobster Crawl".

Whatever your pleasure this winter - you're sure to find it in the Municipality of Chester.