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CBRM Recreation is committed to catering to children, youth, adults, and seniors of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality by offering a variety of recreational programs year-round. Through the strategic planning of our Program Coordinators, we work to offer recreational activities through the communities of our municipality to make Cape Breton and enjoyable and fulfilling place to live.
From swim programs, family trails days, children's after-school programs, to senior's socials and fitness, we work to offer recreational programs accessible to many different age groups and capabilities.
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Fun Van is a mobile fun program for children. Games and activities are aimed to keep children engaged and excited for summer fun.
Summer tennis is a great way to stay fit and have fun. With instruction for ages 5-15, participants learn through fun activities and games suited to their skill level.
With swim camps and classes throughout the summer, children are able to practice safety and build capability with help from knowledgeable instructors.
Building foundational knowledge in a diverse and dynamic skillset, participants will be the next generation of leaders in the events industry.
Breaking down entry barriers to this exciting sport, the CBRM Skateboard program pairs beginners with internationally certified instructors to develop skills in a safe and respectful environment.
From cycling camps to Bike Week, cycling is an excellent method of Active Transportation and a great way to keep physically fit!
Walkabout encourages physical activity through group walking sessions in the CBRM.
A free after school program for young girls, After the Bell encourages physical activity with confidence building activities in a positive environment.
Specially designed for seniors, these classes encourage seniors to get out of their homes and remain active.
Targeting young people not engaged in traditional sport or recreation programs, Body & Mind provides alternative methods of remaining physically active.
A great way to meet new people and socialize, Seniors Socials provide fun, music, and refreshments in many of the communities of the CBRM.
Our CBRM Summer Staff is out in full force all around the CBRM with fun activities for children to participate.
Area: Throughout CBRM
Dates: July 1 - August 19 (2016)
Fun Van is a mobile day camp for children and youth, encouraging physical activity across the municipality. The van offers half-day camps, twice a day, with activities involving water, trails, biking, geo-caching, games, and physical activity education. The Fun Van caters to all communities in the CBRM and offers fun-filled half day camps for children as young as 3.
Fun Van also offers theme days, under the instruction of qualified individuals from organizations like: Football Cape Breton, Cape Breton Gymnastics, Cape Breton Track & Field (and in-house High 5), Tumblebugs, and Run, Jump, and Throw staff. The Fun Van is made possible through partnership with Riverview Y's Men.
Participants are encouraged to take sneakers, water, and sunscreen when participating in the program.
Area: Glace Bay, North Sydney
Dates: July 6 - August 19 (2016)
Recreation Tennis Program provides tennis games and tennis instruction to CBRM residents ages 5 and up. The tennis program is led by a qualified coordinator during the summer months and encourages youth to try out tennis and get physically active. The tennis program is part of CBRM Recreation's commitment to promoting physically active lifestyles.
Area: Glace Bay, Marion Bridge, Louisbourg, North Sydney
Dates: 2016 summer dates have ended.
Swimming is a great alternative to traditional sports for getting fit and staying active. Swim Program encourages youth to stay physically active for life, educates in water safety and rescue, and also helps youth build swimming skills. Building on Recreation's community involvement, CBRM Recreation has collaborated with community groups in the areas Swim Camp is offered. Groups include: Catalone Recreation Association, and Marion Bridge Community Group. All swimming locations, waterfront and pools, are safe and suitable for those participating.
Dates: February - March 2017
Youth participation in all aspects of the music industry is essential to the long term sustainability of the industry. The Youth in Music Program, presented by CBRM Recreation and the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative, is intended to provide mentorship in a variety of music industry related subjects necessary to begin working in the music industry. We are looking for passionate individuals who have the potential to become future leaders in the community.
The program is aimed at youth aged 16-20 with a particular interest in grassroots music industry experiences. The program will focus on event promotion, production, and management, as well as transferrable skills in areas of marketing, audio, and community development.
Albert Lionais is the operations manager for the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative (CBMIC). Albert has spent over ten years as a touring musician, most notably in rock groups Tom Fun Orchestra and I Was a Spy, while also working as a sound technician in the local area. He has also worked as a studio engineer for albums by Tom Fun Orchestra, Carmen Townsend, and Like a Motorcycle, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Mount Allison University.
Joe Costello is a program coordinator for the CBRM Recreation Department. Joe has spent much of his adult life as a concert promoter and event manager, booking concerts for musicians from across North America at various all ages and licensed venues. He has also worked as a sound technician, with clients including the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board, Celtic Colours, and the Highland Arts Theatre, as well as a marketing consultant and graphic designer.
Area: Undercurrent - 224 York St (Glace Bay), 75 Prince St (Sydney)
Mondays 6-7:30 (Undercurrent Sydney), Thursdays 6-7:30pm (Undercurrent Glace Bay) through Victoria Day
An exciting alternative to traditional sport, skateboarding is an excellent way for persons of all ages to remain physically active as well as to participate in active transportation. The CBRM Skateboard Program breaks down the entry barriers to the sport with internationally certified instructors in our skateparks in the summer months and indoors for fall/winter. Drop in clinics occur once per week and focus on beginner skills such as etiquette, stance, riding, and transitions. More experienced participants can use the instructors' wealth of knowledge to further their skill on the skatepark.
For more information, contact 902 563-5510 or email Jonathan Penny firstname.lastname@example.org
Area: Etoile de L'Acadie
2016 Dates: 2016 summer dates have ended.
Area: CBRM Wide
Dates: Contact for dates in your area
Heart & Stroke Walkabout is a program building a culture of walking in the CBRM. Walabout groups exist in many communities, integrating walking as a part of daily life and. Through this program, participants can connect with other walkers, join walking groups or create their own, monitor progress, and access pedometers and other resources to achieve personal walking goals. Walkabout is a free walking program and support group for all ages.
For more information, contact:
Dates: 2016: COMPLETED
After the Bell is a free after-school physical activity program offered to girls in grades 7-9 in select rural areas of the CBRM. Currently offered in Louisbourg and Donkin, the program breaks down transportation and participation financial barriers by offering a bussing service at no cost, and offering the program free to the girls.
Girls participating are encouraged to get physically active through confidence-building activities like: cardio kick, Zumba, dance, yoga, swimming, bowling, judo, hiking, etc. After the Bell is funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness, and operated by CBRM Recreation.
Seniors Fitness Outreach Program encourages seniors of the community to get out, maintain a physically active lifestyle, and connects seniors on a peer-to-peer basis. All physical activity programs are suitably designed for participants. Members from communities involved are invited to volunteer to deliver the program, volunteers will receive training, certification, and support for proper leadership.
The fitness program is offered amongst various communities in the municipality, including: Marion Bridge, North Sydney, Whitney Pier, Sydney, Glace Bay (coming Fall 2015).
Body and Mind program is organized by Colleen Clare, MPAL, targeted toward youth not engaged in traditional sport and recreation activities after school. Body and Mind program gives these youth the opportunity to create and get involved in alternative physical activities.
Body and Mind program also offers a weekend-long team-building activity for organizations during the spring and fall months.
Areas: CBRM Wide
Dates: Seniors socials are completed for 2016
Seniors Teas and Socials are summer programs offered in most communities in the CBRM and serve as an opportunity to get seniors out to connect with their peers. Seniors Teas and Socials serve tea and light snacks to the participants and offer great entertainment. The teas and socials are a conjunction of CBRM Recreation and various community groups across the municipality.
Areas: CBRM Wide
Dates: 2016 summer dates have ended.
Summer Camps and Day Camps are offered in rural areas of the municipality, and are part of Recreation's dedication to promoting physically active lifestyles. These camps encourage youth, ages 5-12, to get fit while having fun during the summer. The summer camps also offer games, arts and crafts, along with sport activities to the youth participants.
Dates: June 18-26, 2016
Bike Week is a one-week bicycling, and all things transportation, event in the CBRM offered in June each year. Bring your bicycle, learn new things, meet with other bikers, and explore the beauty Cape Breton has to offer. The event promotes the use of bicycles, and alternative methods of transportation in a physically active lifestyle.
Bike Week will be family-friendly with an event that caters to everyone. Events will include: Children's bike parades, bike rodeos, bike tours, bike workshops, bike breakfast, bike and bean, informational sessions on bike safety, and workshops on learning to cycle. Additionally, there will be an informational session on Active Transportation routes currently offered in the CBRM.
Bike Week is made possible through partnerships with Velo Cape Breton, and other businesses in the CBRM offering bicycle and active transportation services.
For more information on Bike Week, please contact:
Colleen Clare, MPAL
Trails and Trails Booklet
It is Recreation's mission to make the most of the nature trails in the municipality. Encouraging CBRM residents to get out and take advantage of the natural beauty our walking trails offer is part of Recreation's plan to promote physical activity, and appreciation of nature. The CBRM is dedicated to keeping our trails safe and seeing to the upkeep of the trails. The commitment to the trails Recreation makes also combats the "nature deficit" within our communities.
A trails booklet is currently being developed with full information of the trails in the municipality, and the fun activities that coincide with the trails.
In the meantime, find more information on CBRM trails by contacting CBRM Recreation:
Phone: (902) 563-5510
Cape Breton Connect will be a community network resource to help engage and connect community members to community groups, recreational activities, and physical activity opportunities. Community organizations will have the opportunity to post information about their events, programs, and activities for promotional purposes in the database.
Cape Breton Connect will be a valuable community resource to be launched in Fall, 2015. Stay tuned!
Phone: (902) 563-5510
Visit the website (under construction): www.capebretonconnect.ca
It has been proven over time that physical activity significantly reduces the risk of many chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease and stroke, the leading cause of death in Canada. Physical activity also combats osteoporosis, restores health, prevents site specific cancers, prevents arthritis, rehabilitates back problems, fights obesity and contributes to mental health and well being.
The Department of Health and Wellness partners with municipalities in this cost-share program to implement comprehensive local plans intended to increase participation in health enhancing physical activity. Funding is provided to increase the number of physical activity practitioners in local governments.
Participating municipalities are responsible for planning, funding, implementing and evaluating their municipal action plans. These plans aim to raise awareness and increase participation in structured and unstructured physical activity. These multi-level plans are formed on participation trends, community asset mapping and consultation with public and stakeholders from various sectors.
In some cases, adjacent municipalities partner to develop a common plan and share certain resources. Often the participating units have some form of a committee with professionals and volunteers from community health boards, health district authorities, school boards, schools, and various municipal departments such as tourism, economic development and recreation. For more information on programs throughout the province, visit http://novascotia.ca/dhw/pasr/akhk-municipal-leadership.asp
The current challenge within CBRM is to fight low levels of physical activity within our community. CBRM, not unlike many other communities within Nova Scotia, has created this Physical Activity Strategy to respond to this challenge. Within the municipal structure, the Physical Activity Strategy takes a "whole of government" approach, with all departments working together in a coordinated manner.
The Physical Activity Strategy provides the tactics needed to raise awareness and increase participation in both structured and unstructured physical activity within the community. By being comprehensive in nature, the strategy allows CBRM to engage partners in bringing collective resources that will ultimately assist in addressing needs and gaps within the community.
The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is a community that boasts a vibrant culture of physical activity. A safe and welcoming environment allows all residents to participate. Strong networks and partnerships are the foundation of the CBRM culture. Decision makers will incorporate physical activity as a strategic priority. Throughout the year, all residents will participate in physical activity of their choice as part of their lifestyle, resulting in healthier and happier individuals and communities.
CBRM has primary responsibility with strategic allied community and government partners to develop, facilitate, promote and implement the physical activity strategy.
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